Saint-Jean-de-Luz (in Basque Donibane Lohizune) is a medium-sized town (14000 inhabitants) that has maintained its authenticity. One of its advantages is its geographical situation, along the Atlantic ocean and at the foot of the Pyrenees. That living environment permanently encourages to enjoy the beaches and practise mountain hiking, activities benefiting from the sweetness of the climate.
Another important advantage is its town centre, with its exceptional urban heritage. The inevitable efforts to modernize it overtime have never altered the past architectural heritage, particularly the one from the XVII century. The two treasures from that period are the Infant house and Louis XIV house. Two names in memory of an event we would say today European, the marriage of Louis XIV with the Infant of Spain in 1660 which widely contributed to the national and international fame of the city.
This historical environment gives a very particular character to this concentrated urban centre which is also, all year round, the most visited place in the south of Aquitania. But Saint Jean-de-Luz has two major assets : its port and its bay. The first is an element that strongly attracts visitors. The second is unic : it is the only sheltered natural harbour between Arcachon and Spain. « A convenience » appreciated by the swimmers ; a natural treasure which can be admired from the top of Sainte Barbe hill.
We could also mention the very attractive Gambetta street, famous for its permanent sales promotion, weekends included. Which keeps bringing visitors from France and foreign countries, far beyond the usual summer period
Various interesting places for your stay :
5 beaches :
- The main beach with its 240 hectar bay protected by several dikes has a handibeach and audiobeach label
- Erromardie beach
- Lafitenia beach
- Mayarko beach
- Cenitz beach
Two markets :
- Covered market open every morning.
- Outdoor market with local producers, every Tuesday and Friday morning around the covered market.
Places to be visited
- Louis XIV house or Lohobiague-enea
- The Infant house or Joanoenia
- Saint John the Baptist church
- The botanic garden
To be visited and done
- The coast path
- The fishing port
- The Select cinema
- The Republic street
- Gambetta street
- The sea-side, the bay
- La Pergola Casino
- Chantaco golf
- Fishing at sea, fishing on the shore
- Water sports
- Municipal swimming-pool