Through my blog, I try to show you lesser known parts of France and hopefully inspire you to visit and immerse yourself in the local culture, architecture and history.
I just returned from a long week end visiting my parents in France. I had booked ahead of time two nights in a wonderful hotel: Le Grand Hotel in Saint Jean de Luz where we celebrated my parents' birthdays.
Saint Jean de Luz is located near Biarritz in the Basque country where Spain meets France.
Here Louis XIV, known as the Sun King married Marie Theresa, the Infanta of Spain on June 13, 1660.
A fishing port, Saint Jean de Luz is famous for its architecture, sandy bay, its cuisine and the quality of light as well as its micro climate. On a less cultural note, the shopping is fabulous! The many boutiques cater to an all year around and summer clientele... fabulous fashion and home accessories.
I love all the flowers adorning balconies
Typical Basque architecture
House dating back to Louis XIV
Le Grand Hotel, entirely re-designed is truly a gem with outstanding service, beautiful decors, amazing cuisine, perfectly located on the water to watch the sunsets. Of course, I had to try out the spa, an experience not to be missed.
Running on the endless trails along the cliffs amidst nature was a real treat. The occasional german concrete "pillboxes" are reminder of the terrible years the residents endured during World War II. The town was an important waypoint in the escape routes French resistors used to help escaping Jews pass through the Pyrenees into Spain.
The Basque country side, in all its lushness and raw beauty is a delight to travel through. A must stop (if you are lucky enough to find it) is the famous Auberge Daguin. Travel and Leisure has other resources here.
Beautiful historical town of Saint Jean Pied de Porc
Fabulous traditional Basque food
Marvelous gem: Five star, Le Grand Hotel www.luzgrandhotel.fr
Hotel Restaurant: Exquisite fare
Not to be missed: the Spa with its Thalasso Therapy
Beautifully appointed bedrooms
My parents ready for an evening stroll
The Basque country is famous for its traditional weaving and pottery. I went crazy for all the linens, for bathrooms, table etc..
A bientot Saint Jean de Luz
Hope you enjoyed the tour!