Just 20 kilometres from Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a town where modernity and identity coexist. It is sheltered by a mountain, in the heart of a wide bay that stretches from the Zokoa fort to the hill of Sainte-Barbe, one of the best views of the town's bay. It has a long, fine sandy beach protected by 3 dikes, making it a pleasant and safe place to swim. The pretty streets, perpendicular to the promenade, will lead you to the main street, Rue Gambetta. This and all the surrounding streets are full of shops, restaurants and art galleries.
Its church, the Church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste, witnessed the marriage of King Louis XIV to Maria Theresa of Austria, Spanish Infanta, in 1660. In addition, opposite the fishing port (a must-see), the Infanta's house imposes majestically. This is where she spent the days before the marriage that would later make her Queen of France.
The historic centre is dominated by the Place de Louis XIV, surrounded, among other buildings, by the House of Louis XIV and the Town Hall.
Since 2016, the city has been a "Region of Art and History" and offers, throughout the year, a programme of events and visits with specialised guides.
Finally, it is important to stress that it is a destination linked to health care, with two thalassotherapy centres.
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As you skirt the Basque coast along the Corniche, you will reach Hendaye, the last stop before reaching Spain. This pretty seaside town is an ideal place for a holiday in the Basque Country. Three kilometres of fine sandy beach will delight young and old alike. There are, of course, two water areas for fans of water sports such as sailing, surfing, kayaking and scuba diving, and a thalassotherapy centre on the seafront.
On the Basque Corniche, the Abbadia Castle-Observatory watches over the city. In the port, boats take you, all year round, to the town just opposite, Hondarribia, where you can enjoy delicious tapas.
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