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Saint-Jean-de-Luz - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques

Located south of the Aquitaine region, on the border with Spain, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, resort enjoys an ideal location between sea and mountains.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, even in the beginning, a small village on the dunes and marshes. In the 15th century, under the prosperity of Basque fishermen, (thanks to the cod fishery, the whale) and the appearance of the pirates who fought on behalf of the King of France, the city became a thriving and dynamic city.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz had its moment of glory, after the Treaty of the Pyrenees concluded by Mazarin. Louis 14th came there to marry Maria Theresa of Austria, Infanta of Spain June 9, 1660. The door of the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, crossed his release from the church by the royal couple was walled three years after the ceremony. The badge appeared under the influence of a pastry chef, Adam, who offered to Louis 14th for her wedding in 1660.

In the 19th century, dams, often destroyed, were rebuilt to permanently secure the port and the city. Trips Napoleon 3rd in the region and the enthusiasm of the good society for the Basque Coast debouched at that time, with the arrival of the railroad, on a large tourist development.

The ttoro, fish soup is a specialty Saint-Jean-de-Luz, hake Koskera and Basque cake, are also part of the culinary traditions of the region.

Geographical information

Tourism label
Latitude43.3880510 (N 43° 23’ 17”)
Longitude-1.6630550 (W 1° 39’ 47”)
Surface area19.05 km²
Population13474 inhabitants
Density707 inhabitants/km²
PrefecturePau (130 km, 1h21)
Insee code64483
IntercommunalityCA Sud Pays Basque
TerritoryAquitaine, Béarn-Basque Country, Pyrenees

Nearest cities & towns

Ciboure1.8 km (5 min)
Urrugne4.9 km (9 min)
Guéthary7 km (12 min)
Ascain7.5 km (13 min)
Bidart9.5 km (16 min)
Ahetze10.9 km (18 min)
Biriatou12.1 km (14 min)
Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle12.8 km (18 min)
Sare14.3 km (25 min)
Hendaye14.6 km (18 min)
Arbonne16.1 km (20 min)
Anglet17.7 km (20 min)
Biarritz18.4 km (25 min)
Arcangues18.8 km (23 min)

Things to see and do

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Natural sites

Events and festivities


Fishing port in the heart of the city
Fishing port in the heart of the city
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Saint-Jean-de-Luz, between sea and mountains
Saint-Jean-de-Luz, between sea and mountains
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Fishing harbor
Fishing harbor
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Range Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Range Saint-Jean-de-Luz
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Walk the edges of the coast
Walk the edges of the coast
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St. John the Baptist
St. John the Baptist
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House Infante
House Infante
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Maison Louis XIV
Maison Louis XIV
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Place Louis XIV
Place Louis XIV
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Rhune Mountain overlooking the Basque coast and its land
Rhune Mountain overlooking the Basque coast and its land
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Monday 26 june
Min. 20°C - Max. 24°C
Tuesday 27 june
Min. 19°C - Max. 24°C
Wednesday 28 june
Min. 17°C - Max. 23°C

Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
Taste wines from the Irouléguy and Jurançon region
Local flavours35 € Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Golf break or lessons between the sea and Pyrenees
Nature and the great outdoors160 € to 575 € Bidart (10.5 km)
Relaxation and reflexology massage
Well-being30 € to 75 € Biarritz (13.4 km)
Excursion with Olivier, driver and tour guide
Culture and education55 € to 70 € Anglet (15.9 km)
Surfing lessons on Madrague beach
Sports sensations30 € to 165 € Anglet (17.2 km)


Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Tour of Orx Marsh
HikeEasy2h30Orx (33 km)
Tour of Occostey with a donkey
HikeEasy3h00Irouléguy (37 km)
La Bidouze educational trail
HikeEasy3h00Guiche (39 km)


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