HISTORY AND HERITAGE
Beaches, a fishing port, entertainment, a walkable city centre, between the sea and the mountains.
With a particularly rich history, the ancient city inhabited by fearsome Basque fishermen, Saint Jean de Luz saw the birth of the union between Louis XIV and Maria Theresa, the Infanta of Spain in 1660.
In fact, during a stay of several weeks in Saint Jean de Luz in the fabulous Joanoenia home, Louis XIV and Maria Theresa of Austria were married. The city is forever marked by this history, and the square where the home once sat bears the name “Place Louis XIV” today.
While strolling around this square, overlooking the beautiful port of Saint Jean de Luz, you can admire Joanoenia, known today as the “Infanta” house, a fabulous residence made of stone and pink bricks that can be visited during opening hours.
Although it is important in the history of France, Saint Jean de Luz is also a maritime city. Several centuries before that, the beautiful Luzienne was a major whaling port, but still today, people fish for hake, sardines and anchovies, which leads us to the country’s cuisine.
Over the centuries, it has become a seaside resort entrenched in traditions.
Six beaches await you, from the more tranquil ones to visit with your family, far from the ocean’s waves, to those offering the most beautiful breaking waves for surfing enthusiasts in search of adrenaline.
Its gentle lifestyle can be enjoyed any season of the year.
After soaking up its history, go for a walk in its city centre filled with charm. For those who love shopping, Rue Gambetta, the central pedestrian street, will delight you with its many shops. With trendy ready-to-wear, board sports, and Basque Country specialities, there’s something for everyone. Most shops are open on Sundays throughout the year.
For gourmets, a covered market is open every day from 6:00 am to 1:00 pm, as well as Tuesdays and Saturdays outside the covered market for even more choice.
You can also take advantage of relaxation and well-being at the Thalassotherapy spa overlooking the sea.
Just steps from Spain, and also surrounded by the cities of Bayonne and Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is in a perfect location.
You can also visit two of France’s most beautiful villages, Sare and Aihnoa, just a few miles away.