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Getaway to the French Basque Country: San Juan de Luz

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The traditional windows of San Juan de Luz

Basque and French traditions facing the Atlantic Ocean. This is one of the characteristics for which the coastal town of San Juan de Luz did not leave me indifferent.

At an equidistant distance of 18 kilometers south of Hondarribia and north of Biarritz, San Juan de Luz -in French, Saint Jean de Luz and for some The City of the Corsairs- It displays its colorful facades before an extensive bay, a market full of the best cuisine in each country and an aristocratic air at the same time as a little rogue.

San Juan de Luz has a strong historical past sailor and, in turn, it is one of the towns with more tourist history in France. We were on the eve of San Juan and the population was preparing for their most important party of the year. The beer trucks did not stop unloading and the streets were decorated with festive colors.

The long beach of San Juan de Luz

Upon arrival at the Promenade Jacques Thibaud opens a extensive beach protected by the cliffs of Sokoa and Sainte Barbe where you will enjoy beautiful Hondarribia views and other nearby locations.

It is a beautiful walk along the coast where you will see the old bathrooms, mansions with entrance and direct stairs to the beach and La Pergola, the symbol of aristocratic tourism in San Juan de Luz from the beginning of the 20th century built in the late thirties . At the time it was a concept far removed from the fishing character of the population at the time and today houses a casino.

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