Information & Facts
The beach is well-equipped for sunbathing and watersports, and
there is good surfing at Lafitenia Beach. There are many small
museums, aquariums, caves, and interesting architectural sights in
Saint Jean de Luz, including the Chateau d'Arturbie, with its
castle and manicured gardens. La Maison Louis XIV has rich
collections of antiques and collectibles, as well as wax figures of
important 17th century people. The lighthouse at Pointe Ste.-Barbe
offers fantastic views of the area.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
As with many French resorts, prices can be quite high.
There are numerous bars and terraces from which to see and enjoy
the regular musical events in the square. Most bars are open until
around 2am, and much of the nightlife is centred around the casino.
The Pub du Corsaire in the centre of town has an unpretentious air
with rock and roll on the jukebox, but for the ultimate party head
to the flashy and crowded Le Brouillarta on the promenade.
Saint Jean de Luz is an active fishing port, and seafood is a
local specialty with sardines, tuna, and anchovies available fresh
in abundance. Some of the best seafood restaurants in the region
are around the town's main square, including Le Kaïku and Zoko
The pedestrian avenue Rue Gambetta provides the best shopping in
St Jean de Luz, and you'll find everything from clothes and linens
to leather goods and books. The newer, more commercial end of Saint
Jean de Luz is littered with chic shops and boutiques. Popular
souvenirs are the delectable chocolates and candies like nougat and
tourons. Maison Adam and Confiserie Pariès provide the best
examples of these.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).