Situated where the Nivelle River flows into the Atlantic, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is an ancient Basque fishing and pirate town. Famous for its architecture, sandy bays, the quality of the light and its cuisine, this seaside resort is today a favourite of bathers from across Europe due to its thalassotherapy centre. This seawater therapy involves being massaged underwater by jets of seawater and is diagnosed as a cure for arthritis, rheumatism and an assortment of aches and pains.
This section of the Côtes Basque has beautiful sun in the summer, but according to the locals the best times to visit are in September and October when it is milder and calmer, and the beautiful sunlight is just right. Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a small town, and it is easy to walk everywhere. Take a stroll down its winding lanes and be surprised where they take you. Whitewashed facades and tiny shops abound and each time you step outside your door you are guaranteed to go on a little adventure.
A perfect retreat for both more and less mature couples, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a relaxing newer resort built on an older port. With its white tree-lined square and 17th and 18th century residences, the town is a feast for the eyes.
Holiday in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
If you are one who tires of the sea, consider holidaying elsewhere as the town of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is intrinsically woven with its oceanic heritage; from its beautiful golden coastlines to the thalasso spa at the Grand Hotel and amazing seafood selections in any of the beachfront and street side restaurants and cafés. If you do tire of the ocean however, it is very easy to rent a car from Saint-Jean-de-Luz and drive through the grand mountainous inland region, gazing at green Basque villages as you glide by.
The beachfront promenade is a stunning place to watch the sun rise over the Atlantic with those you care about, and makes for a superb walk to begin your day in this most excellent and bright of seafront resorts. Once the sun has fully peaked over the ocean, explore the many cultural wonders of town including its traditional Basque heritage museums, Ecomusee Basque Jean-Vier.
Around the main square you can find some of the best seafood restaurants on the entire Côtes Basque, as well as a quiet spot to enjoy a glass of fine white wine it down with.
Renting holiday accommodation in Saint-Jean-de-Luz
With its architecture influenced by many different sources, choosing a holiday rental in Saint-Jean-de-Luz becomes an exciting selection of precisely which period you would like to immerse yourself in. Being predominately Basque, the town has major architectural influences from both Moorish and Spanish-Andalusian sources throughout the ages. Relax on your own balcony at the end of a relaxing, bright and sun-strewn day and perhaps cook fresh shellfish in your very own kitchen.