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Saint Jean de Luz

A popular seaside holiday resort and active fishing port, Saint Jean de Luz is a lively and cosmopolitan town to visit. The lovely medieval town centre has been influenced by Spain and the Moors over the years and has a mix of interesting architecture throughout the narrow streets, blending old and new buildings. Considered one of the most attractive cities in Basque country, the beaches, shops, spas and other attractions draw tourists to this spot just above the Spanish border.

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The beach is well-equipped for sunbathing and watersports, and there is good surfing at Lafitenia Beach. There are many small museums, aquariums, caves, and interesting architectural sights in Saint Jean de Luz, including the Chateau d'Arturbie, with its castle and manicured gardens. La Maison Louis XIV has rich collections of antiques and collectibles, as well as wax figures of important 17th century people. The lighthouse at Pointe Ste.-Barbe offers fantastic views of the area.


French is the official language.


The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels, though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques, particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not accepted.


As with many French resorts, prices can be quite high.

Night Life

There are numerous bars and terraces from which to see and enjoy the regular musical events in the square. Most bars are open until around 2am, and much of the nightlife is centred around the casino. The Pub du Corsaire in the centre of town has an unpretentious air with rock and roll on the jukebox, but for the ultimate party head to the flashy and crowded Le Brouillarta on the promenade.


Saint Jean de Luz is an active fishing port, and seafood is a local specialty with sardines, tuna, and anchovies available fresh in abundance. Some of the best seafood restaurants in the region are around the town's main square, including Le Kaïku and Zoko Moko.


The pedestrian avenue Rue Gambetta provides the best shopping in St Jean de Luz, and you'll find everything from clothes and linens to leather goods and books. The newer, more commercial end of Saint Jean de Luz is littered with chic shops and boutiques. Popular souvenirs are the delectable chocolates and candies like nougat and tourons. Maison Adam and Confiserie Pariès provide the best examples of these.


Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and last Sunday in October).

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