Saint Jean de Luz Bay

The Grande Plage is located in a magnificent bay right in the town centre of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The landscapes are both superb and varied. The Atlantic Ocean stretches out in front of you. To the north you will see the Saint-Barbe Peninsula, a grassy belvedere, which is a stop on the Coastal Trail.

The village of Ciboure extends to the south and beyond it, the village of Socoa, with its beach and fortress, a major heritage building of local historic interest. Finally, if you turn your back on the sea, you can enjoy the charming Basque architecture. White and red buildings border the beach front. Some of them boast a private walkway, a delightful feature which gives them access to the promenade.

This stretch of sand is particularly suitable for families. It is protected from the swell and the waves by three sea walls; rest assured, your children can play in total safety. A few rocks to the extreme right of the beach will delight the youngest children who can indulge in the discovery of wildlife. Caution however, you must always put the pebbles you pick up back in the same place to preserve them!

Why not discover the bay by boat? The Le Passeur sea shuttle, has a four-stop tour on offer, it departs from the Port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and goes to the port of Ciboure, passing through the “Digue aux Chevaux” — Grande Plage — then stops in Socoa — and returns. From the sea, you will get a wonderful view of the Basque mountains especially La Rhune.

This beach is on the southernmost part of the coast and is the last beach in France before the Spanish border. The atmosphere is friendly, without pretence. You will share the beach with Spanish tourists who are frequent visitors here. The gentle slope means you can walk far out to sea, good news for your small children.

This small cove is suitable for children and its size will certainly appeal to them. It is protected from the wind and the swell so you can let them go in the water without worry. Don’t miss the unusual organisation of the port by walking through its covered passageways: a reminder of its historical link to whale-hunting.