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Église St-Jean Baptiste

The plain façade of France’s largest and finest Basque church conceals a splendid interior with a magnificent Baroque altarpiece. It was in front of this very altarpiece that Louis XIV and María Teresa, daughter...

Historic Site in St-Jean de Luz


The heart of the historic district of Socoa is about 2.5km west of Ciboure along the continuation of quai Maurice Ravel (named for the Boléro composer, who was born in Ciboure in 1875). Its prominent fort was...

Historic Building in St-Jean de Luz

Maison Louis XIV

The grandest house in town was built in 1643 by a wealthy shipowner, but its main claim to fame is as the house where Louis XIV lived out his last days of bachelorhood before marrying María Teresa. It's awash...

Museum in St-Jean de Luz

L'Écomusée Basque Jean-Vier

Basque traditions are brought to life at this illuminating multimedia museum, which explores everything from pelota and Basque architecture to the art of making Izarra (Basque for 'star'), a liqueur made from 20...

Beach in St-Jean de Luz

Grande Plage

St-Jean de Luz' beautiful arcing beach sprouts stripy bathing tents from June to September. It's protected from the wrath of the Atlantic by breakwaters and jetties, and is one of the more child-friendly beaches...

Beach in St-Jean de Luz

Plage de Ciboure

Ciboure has its own modest beach 2km west of Socoa on the corniche (the D912); it's served by Transports 64 buses en route to Hendaye and, in the high season, by boats.

Viewpoint in St-Jean de Luz

Pointe de Ste-Barbe

A superb panorama of St-Jean de Luz unfolds from this craggy promontory, at the northern end of the Baie de St-Jean de Luz and about 1km beyond the town beach. Go to the end of bd Thiers and keep walking.

Castle in St-Jean de Luz

Château d'Urtubie

This small château was constructed in the 13th century and has been in the hands of the same family ever since. Rooms are decorated in period style and are stuffed full of antiques and other treasures. You can...

Historic Building in St-Jean de Luz

Maison de l'Infante

In the days before her marriage to Louis XIV, María Teresa stayed in this brick-and-stone mansion (like the temporary home of her husband-to-be, it was owned by a shipowner) with fine architectural detail, just...