Self catering holidays
Antoine d'Abbadie was a very important patron of Basque culture who throughout his life defended the language and culture. He also sought to share his knowledge with others, and was notable for making the first map of Ethiopia. At his home an observatory dedicated to astronomy was built. It currently houses the Academy of Sciences, which invites visitors to discover the observatory and the surrounding area in the best conditions.
So give it a try and discover this major cultural site on the Basque coast with its three main areas to visit: a library, a chapel and the famous observatory.
Emmanuel Poirmeur created a unique vineyard, located between the Pyrenees and the Atlantic ocean. Discover the story of this vineyard located in Urrugne on the heights of the cliff which links Socoa to Hendaye and which offers a spectacular 360° view.
Come and discover the wine cellar based in the port area of Socoa in Ciboure and enjoy the wines of Egiategia part of which is made into wine under water, in the bay of Saint-Jean de Luz-Ciboure.
Discover this important monument in Saint-Jean-de-Luz, where Louis XIV married Maria Theresa of Austria in 1660. Dedicated to the city's patron, Saint John the Baptist, the present church is located on the ruins of an early church and features a statue of St. John the Baptist on the main gate. Inside, visitors can view the apse and the beautiful side chapels.
The staircase and balustrade allow access to galleries, making it possible to admire the church from upstairs and appreciate an overview of the building.
Built by Johannis de Lohobiague, a rich ship builder, in 1643, this house in Saint-Jean-de-Luz welcomed Louis XIV when he married the Infanta of Spain in 1660. The king stayed there for more than a month. It was also during this stay that he signed the Treaty of the Pyrenees.
Owned by the same family for more than three hundred years, the Maison Louis XIV is now open to the public and displays the changes in tableware, furniture and paintings since its construction.
Overlooking theocean, Saint-Jean-de-Luz was, in the middle of the 20th century, the leading tuna and sardine fishing port in France.
The activity of the port seems to be inscribed in the origins and the history of the city. The produce of this fishing activity, as well as the catches made by pirates, ensured the survival of the inhabitants for a long time.