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About St Jean de Luz
If you're looking for accommodation inspiration go straight to our guru's list. Otherwise, here are some good reasons to visit, and some of the best places to stay St-Jean-de-Luz to enjoy them.
The restful port town of St-Jean-de-Luz is just down from Birarritz, very close to the Spanish border - so close you can nip over for lunch. So it's got a sort of Gallic-Basque-ness about it.
Testament to this is Saint-Jean-Baptiste, the largest Basque church in France, and one of the most impressive buildings in town. You can also smell and taste the influences at the busy food market on Boulevard Victor Hugo.
Stylish Biarritz caught St-Jean-de-Luz up in the society whirlwind of the mid 19th Century. And along the promenade, beside the wooden Basque houses, are faded mansions, which have a chic charm, like stately retirees retaining their impeccable standards.
The town's main beach looks like a painting depicting the perfect sandy harbour. Lighthouse at one end, headland at the other. Striped deck chairs, umbrellas and little tents give it some colour.
If quaint seaside charm isn't your thing, St-Jean-de-Luz can also offer surfing year round. There are plenty of surf shops in town most of which offer rentals and lessons.
St-Jean-de-Luz is also a centre of Thalassotherapy - a selection of salt water treatments.
St-Jean-de-Luz is a popular spot for French families during July and August, so there are plenty of kids on the beach. This is still a working fishing port - tuna mainly - so there's also a lot of activity and action around the centre of town. And the Basque traditions, from singing and dancing to the food, make for plenty of colour. There are also numerous festivals.
As you would expect it's a very busy town in the peak summer months, so the best places to stay in St Jean de Luz get booked up early. Plan ahead and you should still be able to bag a decent bed, or alternatively go in the quieter months, when you'll get more beach for your buck!
For central location
- If you want to stay in the pretty heart of town, one of the best places to stay in St Jean de Luz is La Diviniere It's full of character and colour, the fantasy of the owner, who's chosen the eclectic decor all himself, from wallpaper to objets d'art. If you want warm and welcoming this is a definite winner.
For designer chic
- If you're looking for somewhere modern and fun, Arguibel tick the right boxes. Here you'll find all the mod. cons. and more. And it's all a bit rock 'n roll.
- If you're looking for somewhere to pamper yourself, book the Chateau d'Urtubie. Turreted and sumptuous, this beautiful chateau has been tastefully renovated. Its private gardens and few rooms add to its exclusive feel. And the Michelin starred restaurant round the corner makes it one of the best places to stay in St-Jean-de-Luz for foodies.
- The Hotel Villa Catarie is ideal if you're looking for relaxed atmosphere. The rooms are rustic but romantic and there's a beautiful pool and terrace. Close to the beach, markets and restaurants.
Still not sure which is the property for you? Browse though our list of all the best places to stay in St-Jean-de-Luz, or call, or email, one of our gurus for advice. Widen your search by taking a look at all our recommendations in The Basque Country.
Best Hotels in St Jean de Luz
Chateau d'Urtubie 8 rooms from $84Saint-Jean-de-Luz, The Basque Country
Elegant family-run chateau. Decorative suites with rich fabrics and fireplaces. Beautiful grounds and lovely swimming pool. Within walking distance of a Michelin star restaurant. Ideal for foodies, couples, and local explorers.Foodies - Michelin star restaurant nearby.Value chicSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolFull of characterRecommended by - Sawdays
La Reserve 41 rooms from $120St Jean de Luz
Beautiful hotel with stunning vistas of the Atlantic ocean. Its contemporary rooms are light and spacious with balconies that boast views out to the sea. Have a game of tennis or amble down the coastal path to the charming town of St Jean de Luz. The perfect place for exploring the Basque coastline.Families - Tennis courts, gardens, children's menus and plenty of activities - plus dogs are allowedEco break - An eco friendly escapeSurfing - Great surfing opportunities on the beaches near the hotel.Sailing - Perfect for sailing around the Basque coastline.
La Devinière 11 rooms from $125Saint Jean de Luz, The Basque Country
Utterly charming and individual B&B in the heart of the old town. An eclectic mix of decorations - china, rugs, objects d'art, paintings, and a wonderful library. Minutes from the beach. A really characterful spot.Beach Life - A gorgeous french house on a quiet pedestrian street leading to the main beach, in the heart of the old city.On the beach - In front of the hotel.Recommended by - I Escape
Arguibel 5 rooms from $136Saint-Jean-de-Luz, The Basque Country
A modern villa with a neo-Basque facade. High tech designer rooms focusing on rock'n roll, baroque, or stone spirits, all with private balconies. Walking distance to Michelin starred restaurants and beach sports galore. Ideal for foodies, surfers, and romancers.Foodies - The hotel is within walking distance of 2 michelin star restaurants.Beach LifeLocal markets - Good for local colour.Designer - Uniquely designed interiors.Recommended by - Mr & Mrs Smith, I Escape, Tablet
Hotel Villa Catarie 16 rooms from $157Saint-Jean-de-Luz, The Basque Country
A gorgeous townhouse hotel in Guethary. Romantic rustic-style rooms and suites filled with sumptuous fabrics and antiques. Beautiful garden, pool, and breakfast terrace. A stunning location for romantics who want to experience the surf, sand and restaurants around.Full of characterSwimming Pool - Lovely Outdoor PoolLocal markets - Good for local colour.Romantic - Good for couples.Recommended by - Sawdays