Jean de Luz Beaches
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de Luz with its stunning beachside houses and sea wall.
minutes drive south of Biarritz is the ultra quiet Basque town of
St Jean de Luz, a large and working port but with gorgeous 17thC and
18thC houses and a fine, sandy, protected beach.
Apart from the old and well-preserved architecture St Jean is pedestrian
friendly, with an attractive, car-free shopping street on which the
extravagant wedding of King Louis and Maria Theresa took place in
the unusual church of St Jean Baptiste (see lower down).
sand - in this case La Grande Plage - is soft too and there's plenty of it though the climate is not
up to France's Cote d'Azur standards, with occasional chilly
Atlantic breezes even in summer and sea mists drifting over on occasion, but the sand is sensational, the ambience is relaxed, the kid's beach club does it's stuff reliably and life guards watch over the happy throng.
The gorgeous little church of St Jean Baptiste.
a charming, walkable port town too, loaded with bars and restaurants offering superb sea food, frequently not at silly prices. St Jean is an easy 8 mile drive from Biarritz or its airport, or get there via TGV which stops at St Jean's station.
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