In 1864 Antoine d'Abbadie started to have a Gothic inspired château built. He wanted to house his family, his library and his observatory there. A great scientist and explorer, he chose to set up home in Landes and entrusted the construction of his house to the architect Viollet-le-Duc. At his death, the house was bequeathed to the Academy of Sciences and today it's open to tourists and visitors.
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.
The first part of the coastal footpath offers a great diversity of environments, alternating between beaches, cirques, paths and small routes. Arriving at the tip of Sainte-Barbe where you overlook the bay of Saint-Jean-de-Luz is exceptional. A tip: Make this trip last roughly 3 hours 30, preferably at low tide. These views stretch over the former corsair cities, along the Basque coast.
Located on the French-Spanish border, the Col d'Ibardin separates the Atlantic Pyrenees from Navarra in Spain. At the top of the hill, you will find twenty ventas (small shops/stalls) which sell numerous articles like alcohol, sandals and even ham...
A theme park, Ibardin Aventures park, means children will have a fun time. You can climb the Col (317m) by car or on foot.
The ecomuseum of Basque Tradition presents and explains the various Basque traditions: cotton or linen bed clothes (including the famous creations of John Vier), making Izaeea, flasks, espadrilles, makilas, etc
This very instructive visit will allow you to buy your souvenirs intelligently.