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St-Jean-de-Luz, France

A Pretty Basque Country Beach City on the French Spanish Border


St. Jean de Luz, a pretty Basque beach city on the French Spanish border

St. Jean de Luz, a pretty Basque beach city on the French Spanish border

Michael Carr
Easily one of the most attractive cities in the Basque Country, from its cozy beach to its alluring downtown, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a jewel in the Basque Country. This pretty small beach city is just dripping with charm, from its port lined with colorful boats to its boutique shops selling surfing gear and lessons year-round.

Saint-Jean-de-Luz is the last major town before heading south into Spain and neighboring Saint-Sebastian (well worth a day trip). While Bayonne, its more populated neighbor, is showing its age, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is as clean as a crisp, white French table linen. The delightful squares, quaint pedestrian shopping area and the covered market all equal a visit that is sure to be unforgettable.

The small city has an endearing and inviting charm to it. The only downside is a serious lack of parking, which is especially a nuisance during the peak tourist season.

Year-Round Surfing in St-Jean-de-Luz

Even if quaint French oceanside town isn't your thing, St-Jean-de-Luz is a great destination for year-round surfing. There are several surf shops in town. You can find various surfing rental spots. You can also find various classes and week-long school for tourists.

Thalassotherapy in St-Jean-de-Luz

St-Jean is a great getaway to experience sea based spa therapy, and indulge in thermal spa waters. You can find everything from underwater hydromassage to aquagym classes. This is a nice way to experience an indulgent getaway while on vacation.

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