Region: Aquitaine Dept: (64) PA Locality: Pays Basque
The town center of St Jean de Luz has a medieval background, with no doubt, a great deal of influence in
the past from Spain and the Moors, and with this mixture of architecture, old World charm,
old buildings, fishing port and narrow lanes, there is an atmosphere (like a good football
match or a rugby International), an ambience, even if the town is full of tourists of all
nationalities, every one gets along, especially at the time of the jazz fete in the
One expects D'Artagnan, Don Quixote or Robin Hood to be sitting at the next table, as we revisit the middle ages !
Around the main square in the town center, you can find some of the best sea-food restaurants on the Cote Basque, as well as other bars and terraces from which to see and enjoy the regular musical events in the square - including a Basque Choir every Sunday morning (in the summer months).
When you wander through the lanes looking at the shop windows, you will arrive at the more commercial end of town (still quite old, but certainly not medieval) where the Thermes and Casino are located and the chic shops are located.
The principle Architecture here is typically Basque, but with a blend of Moorish and
Spanish Andalusia architecture, which creates a fine balance.
Enjoy your visit!
© photos OT Saint Jean de Luz/Touradour