Since childhood I have had the pleasure of going to this lovely coastal town many times. I have family there, but I go because I love walking the streets, which are so typical of the place and always full of people. You cannot stop going to Gambetta Street. You can find everything there. You can see lots of shops of all kinds, selling typical products, fashion etc. Pastry shops invite you in without hesitation. The famous "macarrons" are exquisite. Follow the path to the beach and, even though you have to walk a little, it's worth going to the Punta de Santa Barbara, a beautiful walk with marvellous views of the coast. It's a must! Another place where you really have to go is the municipal market in the center of the town. I like it a lot and I keep going whenever I can to buy fish, pates and so on.... In short, there's always something to interest you. These are just a few examples of what you can find if you go to this lovely town on the border with Spain. I encourage you to go. I promise you will return like me.
The Basque Country is my great love. I especially love the city of Hendaye and all of its surrounding region, which combines tradition with modernity. You can also find landscapes like those in my pictures featuring the sea hitting the rocks, vegetation and light, which is a symbol for the hope of its people.
The port of San Juan de Luz (Donibane Lohitzune in Basque), became famous during the 9th Century because of the whaling that went on here. Centuries later, it became the cod fishery in Newfoundland. Today they are mostly sardines and tuna. Also do not miss a visit to the neighboring Ciboure / Ziburu.
This church is dedicated to St. John the Baptist, patron of the city. It was built on the ruins of another church in the heart of the city that suffered continuous fires during the Spanish invasions. The interior is beautiful with it´s huge wooden gallery very typical of French Basque churches. A wooden boat hangs from the center of the ceiling which reminds us of the importance of united maritime activity to the city. In the year 1660 the royal marriage between Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Theresa of Austria took place here. Something curious is that the door you entered was sealed, but not the one at the end of the ceremony (as indicated by the plaque on the outside). Well, what about this city? I´m lucky to live so clase. I love strolling through its streets, the beach, and enjoying the views from the hild of Santa Barbara.
It's a real pleasure to stroll along this pedestrian street, located in the center of St Jean de Luz (Donibane Lohizune). It's a busy street, and there are lots of shops (although they are not particularly cheap). It is very interesting to visit the Church of St. John the Baptist (the patron saint of the city).
After the wedding of King Louis XIV to Maria Theresa of Spain, the city of St Jean de Luz was considered to be a royal city. From 1660, it played host to the Queen Mother, Anne of Austria, the future Queen of France, Maria Theresa of Spain, The Duke of Burgundy (brother of the Duke of Anjou, Felipe V). It is considered to be one of the most beautiful buildings on St Jean de Luz, its pink stone conspicuous near to the harbour. At certain times of the year, you can visit the interior, where beautiful views of the harbor and the pointed "The Rhune" can be enjoyed.
Situated in one of the most beautiful and charming parts of the French Basque country. It is very pleasant to walk along the sea front that runs from the port up to the Punta de Santa Barbara, where you can enjoy an excellent view of the bay. This is rather a touristy place, and despite being a long walk on nice days, it is almost impossible to find a place where you can park your car.
Situated in the heart of the city, this is undoubtedly the most touristic place to be found here. It is lined with terraces that are usually packed, and here you can also see the house of King Louis XIV ve welcomed him for 40 days on the occasion of the wedding (it can be seen at certain times of the year), music kiosk, and artists painting pictures. A charming place.
The coastal trail Basque Coast offers 25 miles of trails, ranging from Hendaye / Hendaye to Biarritz / Bidart, along the coast and cliffs. The views are amazing. It's simple to do, even for kids. You must be careful because there are sections that are very narrow and there's no railing. At the Domaine d 'Abbadia, being a nature reserve, dogs are not allowed, not even on a lead. You can start right from the Domaine d 'Abbadia to Bidart, or counterclockwise. We have done some tracks and it's really relaxing to hear the breaking waves of the sea, the breeze and smell of the sea, the 3 most legendary mountains in the area: Peñas de Aya, Jaizkibel and Larrun ... The mean total length is about 8 hours of walking. There are different entrances to access the trail. They are in these towns: Henday, Urrugne, Sokoa, St Jean de Luz, Ghétary and Bidart.
I was walking through this area one morning last fall. The weather was very nice, and the sea was huge. Two guys in neoprene suits caught my attention when they were wading into the sea. I was observing them for a good while... how they surfed and I fell in love with the place.
Larrun (900 meters); Elevation: 1400 meters; Total time: 7 hours 30 minute walk. This summit is widely visited by tourists because it is effortlessly accessed by train from the town of Sara. Once you are at the top, France is on one side, and Spain is on the other, and you have magnificent and unforgettable views. You can take walks along the roads surrounded by horses grazing peacefully in the area, which are a child's delight. It has a restaurant and gift shop where the train ends.
The town of Sara, 14km from Saint Jean de Luz, is the starting point for the train that goes to the very summit of Larrún. The climb is spectacular, and if you take in to account traveling with children a relaxing ascent is always welcome. Otherwise the ascent to Larrún is for fit people because it takes about 7 hours. This train to Larrun, the the only one left from the wide network of narrow gauge (1000mm)which existed in this area. Do not miss the blog that I've attached and you could live the train experience in a magnificent way. Larrún The zipper on my chest blogs
In the 17th Century, St Jean de Luz (Donibane Lohitzune), lived its splendor, when King Louis XIV decided to get married in the Church of San Juan Bautista to the Infanta Maria Teresa. The king and his family lived for six weeks in the "House of Louis XIV", which is situated next to the Town Hall. In his honor, in the year 1932, a statue of the king was placed in the courtyard of this council.
Firmin Van Bree (1880-1960), was a famous Belgian industrialist who was intrigued by the beauty of San Juan de Luz and the hill of Santa Barbara, where he spent his summers, with trips to the Congo. He was generous and had a big heart, he collaborated with several institutions: National Foundation for Cancer and Leprosy Congolese Red Cross, Hoover Foundation ... San Juan de Luz, was named Citizen of Honor, for helping the development of the city. It is in Santa Barbara where he bought some land and construted 3 villas, in 2 of which he lived for the last years of his life. In the late 50s his friend Pavlosky commissioned the construction of a tiny chapel and a crypt like that of San Fermin who was buried in Amiens. In this place lie his remains. It is at the top of the hill of Santa Barbara, and at the entrance you can see a statue of San Fermin like the one in the Louvre Museum. In the zone there are many of interesting places to see: The tip of Santa Barbara, the heart of St Jean de Luz, the Chateau d 'Abbadia, Larrun, Sara, Biarritz, Lake Senpere, Hondarribia ... Don´t forget the 25 km of marked trails along the coast from Hendaye to Biarritz.
One of a few places where you can enjoy exceptional views of the bay and the Basque coast. The hills, run from Hondarribia to Saint Jean de Luz and further on to Ciboure. There are many trails, it's a very nice place to spend the day, where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the cliffs. There are wooden benches everywhere, small gazebos, a playground and small bar.
Situated very close to the beach, there is an Erromardie bullring, where on Wednesdays and Sundays in July and August at 21.30, you are guaranteed to have a good time. An hour and a half of bullfighting in which everyone can participate: bull-pool, acrobatics, confinement ... The adult ticket costs € 10 and children € 5
The Bay of San Juan de Luz is probably one of the most beautiful in the Basque country. One of the places where I like to admire it most from the tip of Santa Barbara, which are clearly visible from the three huge dams that Napoleon III had built more than a century and a half ago. These dams, which unite Sokoa and the tip of Santa Barbara, protect the bay, making it one of the most tranquil in the area. Each of them has their own name: - Socoa Dyke (next to Fort Sokoa) - L'Artha Dyke (in the middle) - Saint Barbe Dyke (very near the tip of Santa Barbara)
Perhaps the best monuments and places to visit in Saint Jean de Luz are the Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste, Maison Louis XIV, and the Maison de l'Infante Joanoenia. Walking through the city you'll find points of interest and other attractions in Saint Jean de Luz which will capture your attention. As for things to see in Saint Jean de Luz related to nature, we can highlight Jardin Botanique Littoral Paul Jovet and a corner known as Sentier du Littoral, where you can enjoy a beautiful landscape and unbeatable views.
There are other things to do in Saint Jean de Luz, such as golf, viewing motorcycle races, outdoor excursions and more. Make sure to look at the city's events calendar, because there are exciting Saint Jean de Luz activities throughout the summer. There are also tons more Saint Jean de Luz attractions -- too many to list here.
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