St. Jean de Luz, France
Set in five acres, betwixt mountains and ocean, this luxury villa in southwest France represents total escape, and has a dreamlike quality about it that is instantly relaxing. The eight ensuite bedrooms all have fabulous views so before you’ve even...
Destination Guide: St. Jean de Luz
About St. Jean de Luz
The perfect place for people-watching, wandering happily with no particular place in mind and dipping into little bars and shops as you go, Saint Jean de Luz is a real delight.
The pretty fishing port town just south of Biarritz and close to the Spanish border is characterful and colourful. From the old quarter’s large half-timbered homes, to the brightly coloured buildings on the harbourside, Saint Jean is just a lovely place to spend time wandering about and admiring the views.
The town is known for its main beach, a wonderful curve of white sand that stretches right around the bay and is great for families. However, there are also several smaller, slightly wilder beaches that are good for fans of watersports.
The town is steeped in history, too. As part of the Treaty of the Pyrenees, Louis XIV married Maria Theresa, the Infanta of Spain here – you can visit The Eglise St-Jean Baptiste, the church where they married, as well as several other related landmarks.
A luxury villa in Saint Jean de Luz makes the perfect base from which to enjoy the town and the surrounding area.
The closest airport is Biarritz, a 20-minute drive away.
Best places to eat and drink in St. Jean de Luz
Taking in both French and Spanish traditions, food here is rustic and high on flavour factor. Fish features heavily – the town’s main ‘produce’ is cod, hake, sardines and tuna.
Expect to enjoy lots of tomato and olive oil based fish stews mopped up with plenty of crusty bread.
Those with a sweet tooth will enjoy the town’s other speciality – macaroons, which are crisper and yet softer than any you’ll have tried anywhere else.
If you’re leaving your luxury villa to eat out, Kaiku won’t disappoint. This gourmet restaurant in an old stone building close to the beach has a creative menu and has become the town’s most celebrated eating spot.
For a much more laid-back but very authentic local experience try La Grillerie on the port, a cantina style eaterie, where you can enjoy plates of fabulously fresh sardines and other fish, cooked just as it should be.
Best time to visit St. Jean de Luz
May through to September is the best time to go. Late autumn and winter can be very wet in the region. Classical music lovers are sure to enjoy the town’s festival in September.
What we love about St. Jean de Luz
We love just wandering through the pretty town in the morning before it gets busier and then lunching on fresh fish in the harbour with a few glasses of wine.
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