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The Grande Plage is home to four beach clubs as well as outlets renting tents, parasols and sun-loungers.
Plage de Cénitz : perfect for surfing beginners. This sandy and pebbly beach is suitable for surfers of all levels who can ride the waves on either side of the beach.
Coastal path Saint-Jean-de-Luz is one of the starting points for the coastal path (Sentier du Littoral) created by the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Regional Council. The path links Bidart with Hendaye, focusing on three different environments (urban, mixed and natural landscapes), with permanent sea views. The path runs for 25km and has eight access points: one in Bidart, Guéthary, Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Ciboure, and two in Urrugne and Hendaye. Six interpretation points, to cover themes, such as surfing, the Basques and the ocean, coastal landscapes, fishing, the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz/Ciboure, and geology. GOLF
The third golf club in France, after Pau and Biarritz, was opened in Saint-Jean-de-Luz in 1892. Known as the Golf des Anglais, it began life as a 9-hole course before three more holes were added; this club existed until 1916. The Chantaco golf course was created in 1928 by Mr Thion de la Chaume, the father-in-law of René Lacoste, one of the famous tennis "musketeers" of the time.
The neighbouring town of Ciboure is home to the Golf de la Nivelle, an 18-hole course along the river of the same name. In total, the Basque Country has eight golf courses to cater for all golfers of all ages and abilities.
Basques villages around St Jean de Luz
Espelette: a village known for its peppers. Visit a chocolate factory and enjoy a tasting. Exhibitions on peppers from around the world.
Visit Ainhoa and its artisans? workshops, a village listed as one of France?s Most Beautiful Villages. Enjoy a tasting of Basque delicatessen.
Spend time exploring the city?s magnificent shell-shaped bay (known as La Concha), the plaza de la Constitution (the former bullring), the old town, port etc?
Navarra Guided tour of Pamplona, famous for its Sanfermines festival, which includes the "running of the bulls". For lunch, you will have the opportunity to sample the famous "pintxos" (tapas). Stop in Olite, a village with narrow medieval streets and an atmosphere from the Middle Ages (tours of the royal castle and wine museum possible). St Jean Pied de Port Known as the Red Pearl of the Basque Country, this town surrounded by ramparts is the last stop before Spain for pilgrims making their way to Santiago de Compostela. The market here is a must for visitors.
Loyola and the Cantabrique cornice
The Cantabrique coast, lined by tiny coastal villages such as Zarauz and Zumaia. Make a stop in Getaria, a typical, small Spanish fishing port. Visit Loyola, with its basilica and the house of St Ignatius.
Local Saint-Jean-de-Luz specialities
Macaroons:In 1660, Monsieur ADAM created the subtle and delicious masterpiece we now know as the macaroon, made from a mixture of almond paste, sugar, ground almonds and egg whites. During the wedding of Louis XIV to the Infanta of Spain, Monsieur Adam made some of his confections for the new king. Louis found the macaroons delightful, and his approval guaranteed that these delicacies became extremely popular with the Court. The Pâtisserie ADAM still exists in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, with the secrets of its recipe passed down from father to son.
Mouchous In 1950, Robert PARIES invented another speciality: the mouchou. These small, light and soft macaroons are made with lots of almonds and very little sugar, enveloped in a thin and crunchy outer layer, and prepared in twos, with one on top of the other. It is said that mouchous are so exquisite that except "muxu", which is the Basque word for "kisses", can be as good. Kanouga
Another speciality produced by the Maison Pariès, the "kanouga" was invented around 1914. This soft black chocolate (or coffee) caramel can also be made with walnuts or hazelnuts.
There are also local wines and ciders to try out.