Saint Jean de Luz
The city of Saint Jean de Luz
Both fishing port and Royal Resort, Saint-Jean-de-Luz retains from its past a mixed ambiance of traditional Basque village open to the ocean and seaside town of charm. King Louis XIV stayed in Saint-Jean-de-Luz on the occasion of his marriage to Maria Theresa of Austria, Infante of Spain.
The “Maison Louis XIV”, which hosted the monarch for 40 days, and the “Maison de la Infante” where Marie-Thérèse lodged, are open for the visit. The Church of St. John the Baptist hosted the Royal Wedding ceremony in 1660: typically Basque with its carved wood galleries, the building has a rich furnishings and a remarkable interior decoration, including a gilded wooden altarpiece especially Exceptional.
The city centre of Saint-Jean-de-Luz has benefited from the influence of this historic event for several centuries: it is possible to admire the varied architectures of beautiful mansions built in the 17th and 18th centuries, as well as the special hotels of the 19th Century and the neo-Basque style villas built from the beginning of the 20th century.
The streets, pedestrian for many, are full of shops, craft shops and art galleries. Between street painters, markets, terraces, carousels and Basque choirs, the squares of the pedestrian city centre are very lively. On the sea side, Saint-Jean-de-Luz offers 6 fine sandy beaches, a charming fishing port and numerous nautical activities.
The city also organizes numerous events throughout the year, including the carnival, the Andalusian festival, the patronage festivals of St. John, the Internationals of Cesta Punta, the tuna festival, or the release of Lanterns on August 14th.
Campsite Berrua, 10 km from Saint-Jean-de-Luz
Located 10 km from your campsite, the heart of Ville de Saint-Jean-de-Luz is reachable in 16 minutes by car by the D810. This itinerary, the shortest and fastest, makes you go through the pretty village of Guéthary.
Visit the villages around Saint Jean de luz
Participate in Basque folklore and enjoy your stay in the Basque Country