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Top Choice Church in St-Jean de Luz

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 of …
Top Choice Basque in St-Jean de Luz

Le Kaiku

To spoil yourself, Nicholas Borombo's stellar Michelin-starred address is the place to dine in St-Jean. Known for their modern interpretation of Basque classics, his dishes are full of unusual ingredients, from Asia…
Top Choice French in St-Jean de Luz

Xaya

Duck down a side street into this stone-walled restaurant for excellent French food with a Basque twist. There are two options: order grilled fish or steaks à la carte, or (at dinner-time only) just delve into delec…
Top Choice Seafood in St-Jean de Luz

Buvette des Halles

For the full-blown French market experience, this tiny corner restaurant hidden away in Les Halles is a must. Pull up a stool at the counter under its collection of vintage teapots, and tuck into plates of Bayonne h…
Top Choice Food in St-Jean de Luz

Maison Adam

This renowned shop, selling delicious Basque-style macarons (melt-in-the-mouth biscuit-like delicacies), hams and other regional foods, has been trading since 1666 – longer than many a nation has been in existence! …
Historic Site in St-Jean de Luz

Socoa

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 built …
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 with p…
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 dif…
Beach in St-Jean de Luz

St-Jean 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 in …
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.