Saint-Jean de Luz (Donibane Lohizune in Basque) is a real gem of a town in the heart of the Basque country, looking out to sea and boasting a well-preserved history. Here, there is no need to choose between culture or the beaches, between aquatic sports and hiking in the mountains, between the town and an outstanding natural environment. St Jean de Luz has it all!
Sheltered beaches and surfing beaches
Those with young children will enjoy lounging on the sheltered beaches of Cenitz or Mayarko (600 m from the campsite) while teenagers will almost certainly want to try surfing or body boarding on the legendary Lafitenia beach, a kilometre from the Ciela Village Atlantica campsite. Sailing and golfing are also on the menu.
A paradise for golfers
Those less fond of the water can enjoy exploring the coastal footpath, hit a few balls at the Chantaco golf course, or try their hand at Basque pelota on a long court or trinquet court.
Basque nature and gastronomy
Saint-Jean-de-Luz’s pedestrianised town centre is perfect for strolling, particularly around the traditional market where you can discover local gastronomy in a wide choice of restaurants including the famous Muxu (pronounced Mouchou) at Pariès, and the delicious macaroons from Maison Adam. Most shops are open on Sundays.
Cultural discovery activities
Did you know that it was at Saint Jean de Luz that King Louis XIV married the Infanta Maria Theresa of Austri in 1660. While you're here, you can visit the Maison de l’Infante (the Infanta’s house), the Maison Louis XIV (the House of Louis XIV) or the Jean Vier living history museum. Once a main centre for whale fishing, the port is now dedicated to fishing hake, tuna, sardines and anchovies.
Opposite St-Jean-de-Luz we find Socoa beach with its fort in the background. From May to September, the sea shuttle "Le Passeur" will take you there.