The 10 Best Things to Do in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France

September 21, 2017 Hana Mouser

Between Biarritz and the Spanish border, the Atlantic fishing village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz combines Basque charm with pleasant, family-friendly beaches on the bay. July and August are the high season here, so if you'd rather avoid the tourist crunch, either book outside of those months or plan to arrive at the beach first thing in the morning.
Restaurants in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

1. Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Rue Gambetta, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France +33 5 59 26 08 81
Excellent
59%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
3%
Poor
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4.5 based on 1 reviews

Eglise Saint-Jean-Baptiste

Reviewed By maggieRugeley - Rugeley

Lots of people sheltering from the rain but what a beautiful place to do so. Steeped in history and the 3 tiered galleries for men only were most unusual. Ramp to the side of the church made it easily accessible in my wheelchair

2. Digue du Port de Socoa

Port de Socoa, 64500 Ciboure, France +33 5 59 47 64 56
Excellent
51%
Good
42%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 205 reviews

Digue du Port de Socoa

The sea wall defence of Socoa is nice place with a little hidden beach. Here when there are not storm you can walk on it and have a unique view on Saint-Jean-de-Luz and the bay. Either you can watch the waves hurt the sea wall defence. You can only go walking on it.

Reviewed By PAUL E - Reading, United Kingdom

These flood defences were created in the 19th century - hard to imagine how given the power of the sea, even on a calm day. Each year, 50 new 50 tonne blocks are added to the barrier to keep the sea at bay. Worth walking to the end and admiring the view.
Such a shame that the fort itself is closed off rather than being open or used.

3. Paramoteur 64

Chemin des Cretes, 64122 Urrugne, France
Excellent
85%
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15%
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5 based on 120 reviews

Paramoteur 64

Reviewed By Francois L - Bordeaux, France

My wife and I each got to fly on Olivier's paraglider. He was very professional, patient with our questions and instructive. He put us both at ease and in confidence. His flying was smooth yet sharp. We highly recommend his coastline tour. The view was breath-taking. Merci beaucoup!

4. Sentier du Littoral

Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France +33 5 59 26 03 16
Excellent
58%
Good
36%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
1%
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4.5 based on 440 reviews

Sentier du Littoral

From Bidart to Hendaye via Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the path of the coast is a easy hike allowing the discovery of exceptional panoramas. This path of a little more than 20 kilometers browses the coast of Bidart until Hendaye via Saint-Jean-de-Luz and by following the Basque Corniche of Urrugne.

Reviewed By Denise B - Lake Forest, California

Start on this path at any point along this coast and you'll be able to enjoy the fresh air, soak in the sun and take in the views. Enjoy!

5. Quai Maurice Ravel

Quai Maurice Ravel, 64500 Ciboure, France +33 5 59 47 64 56
Excellent
43%
Good
47%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 65 reviews

Quai Maurice Ravel

Reviewed By DCHPORTVENDRES - Clogheen, Ireland

The great French classical composer Maurice Ravel was born in the Basque town of Ciboure in 1875. St Jean de Luz harbour was famous as a whale fishing port and it is now a renowned sardine fishing port and a really lovely place to visit. With brightly coloured boats, fishermen mending their nets, a backdrop of beautiful Basque architecture and a whiff of salty sea air this is surely a haven of the senses. The lovely Quai Maurice Ravel is probably best viewed from the harbour of St Jean de Luz - a dream come true for painters and photographers

6. La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne

Route de la Corniche, 64122 Urrugne, France +33 5 59 54 60 80
Excellent
66%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 95 reviews

La Corniche Basque d'Urrugne

La Corniche Basque of Urrugne is a unique natural site on the coast. It offers the possibility of having a walk along the path of the coast from Socoa in Ciboure above the ocean on the high cliffs of flysch. It is beautiful path in the open air with an astonishing view. To see on the Corniche: the bunker, the wild creek, the flora, the Domain of Abbadia in Hendaye... And at times of the year, the giant wave Belharra.

Reviewed By gil40100 - Dax, France

The Bask Corniche offers you the best views of the coast. A splendid place to walk, to take pictures, to discover the coast... The second part (between Hendaye and Abbadia) is the best because you walk in the nature (and not along the road). A regret this year because some parts of the way were closed for a long time because of works. Even for the summer time the new building and entrance were closed (and since the beginning of the year); strange for a main attraction in the Bask country.

7. Grande Plage

Promenade Jacques Thibaud | Centre ville, 64500 Saint-Jean-de-Luz, France +33 5 59 26 03 16
Excellent
58%
Good
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Satisfactory
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4.5 based on 96 reviews

Grande Plage

Big fine sand beach protected by a bay at the heart of the city. Ideal for the bathing in family with young children. Clubs of beach, rents of tents, deckchairs and parasols. Nautical activities on the spot as paddle board, towed buoys, water-skiing ... Handiplage and Audiobeach next to the lighthouse.

Reviewed By DDFarnham - Farnham, United Kingdom

This is a lovely large sandy beach. It is ideal for families with attended lifeguard positions, designated swimming areas and play facilities for children. As it is right in the town there are lots of cafes and bars selling drinks, ice cream, sandwiches and crepe on hand. Everything you could need in one place - enjoy.

8. Obsession Tuna Fishing

Quai Maurice Ravel | Port de Plaisance de Larraldenia, 64500 Ciboure, France
Excellent
98%
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5 based on 41 reviews

Obsession Tuna Fishing

9. Roman Bridge

Rue de Nivelle, Ascain, France
Excellent
23%
Good
48%
Satisfactory
29%
Poor
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4 based on 47 reviews

Roman Bridge

Reviewed By Linghu-hao

A lovely Roman stone bridge that provides a calm and soothing setting for a stroll around the park. We thoroughly enjoyed our afternoon walk.

10. Promenade Jacques Thibaud

Excellent
49%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
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Poor
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4.5 based on 479 reviews

Promenade Jacques Thibaud

Reviewed By eonaLondon - London

In Essence a seawall flanked by attractive holiday homes linked by walkways to the stone Promenade and then every so often by steps to the beach. The Promenade slopes away in downward curve on the landside without a safety fence a refreshing French approach to Health and Safety. You are spared the plethora of warning signs that would have disfigured siimilar English walkway.

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