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Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France. Saint-Jean-de-Luz is part of the Basque province of Labourd .GeographySaint-Jean-de-Luz bay is situated to the east of the Bay of Biscay. It is the only sheltered bay between Arcachon and Spain. Thanks to its strong sea walls or dykes that protect the town from the full savagery of the Atlantic Ocean, it has become a favorite for bathers across the Basque Coast. Although the seaside resort itself is relatively recent, the port itself is several centuries old, with the most prominent point in its history being the marriage in 1660 of Louis XIV and the Spanish princess Maria Teresa.Water from the area flows into the town from the Nivelle and its smaller tributaries, the Etxeberri, Isaka and Xantako streams. There is also the Basarun, and its smaller tributary the Mendi, which passes directly through Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The river has been made accessible to boats and it joins the sea by the Erromardia beach. A branch of the Uhabia, an emblematic river in the neighbouring Bidart district, and its smaller Amisola tributary, also pass to the sea through St Jean de Luz.TransportationSaint-Jean-de-Luz straddles Route départementale D810, the old Route nationale 10. The town can be reached from the A63 motorway, Exit 3 (Saint-Jean-de-Luz Nord) and Exit 2 (Saint-Jean-de-Luz Sud). The Saint-Jean-de-Luz-Ciboure railway station is served by the SNCF Bordeaux–Irun railway. Biarritz Airport is the closest airport to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.
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Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste ©
Religious Site
Église Saint-Jean-Baptiste
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Promenade Jacques Thibaud
Pier / Boardwalk
Promenade Jacques Thibaud
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Sentier du Littoral
Hiking Trail
Sentier du Littoral
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Initiation a la Cesta Punta ©
Outdoor Activity
Initiation a la Cesta Punta
5.0
Duration: 1h 30 min

Side trips from Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Rocher de la Vierge ©
Lookout
Rocher de la Vierge Biarritz
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Aquarium de Biarritz ©
Aquarium
Aquarium de Biarritz Biarritz
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Plage d'Hendaye ©
Beach
Plage d'Hendaye Hendaye
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Duration: 4 hours
La Cote des Basques
Beach
La Cote des Basques Biarritz
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Hidden gems in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Grande Plage ©
Beach
Grande Plage
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Gurekin Centre de Plongee ©
Scuba / Snorkeling
Gurekin Centre de Plongee
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Port de Saint-jean-de-Luz. ©
Scenic Walking Area
Port de Saint-jean-de-Luz.
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Duration: 1h 30 min
La Colline Sainte-Barbe ©
Park
La Colline Sainte-Barbe
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Duration: 1h 30 min

Beaches in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Plage de Mayarco ©
Beach
Plage de Mayarco
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Plage de Lafitenia ©
Beach
Plage de Lafitenia
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Duration: 2h 30 min
Plage d'Erromardie ©
Beach
Plage d'Erromardie
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Duration: 2h 30 min

Historic Sites in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Maison Louis XIV ©
Castle
Maison Louis XIV
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Chateau d'Urtubie ©
Castle
Chateau d'Urtubie
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Duration: 1h 30 min
Maison de l'Infante Joanoenia ©
Castle
Maison de l'Infante Joanoenia
2.8
Duration: 1h 30 min

Parks in Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Parc Ducontenia ©
Park
Parc Ducontenia
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min

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