Saint Jean de Luz Visual Diary


Seems like a lifetime ago I was walking along the shoreline between La Réserve and the centre of Saint Jean de Luz, a little coastal town in the South West of France, 30mn from Biarritz. If you haven’t already visited the Basque coast, you should definitely add it to your travel bucket list as it is a beautiful part of the world. It can get a little hectic in the Summer, so I would suggest making it a weekend break in the Spring or in the Fall. The hotel I stayed at, La Réserve, will re-open for the season on March 1st, and it is a really nice place to call home for a few days.

Saint Jean de Luz may be a small town, but there are plenty of things to do there, lovely cafés overlooking the Atlantic, great restaurants, interesting shops (including a great consignment store selling vintage Chanel and Hermés) and of course surfing as well as some great walking trails (you can walk the coastal trail from Bidart to Hendaye if you feel adventurous and would like to recreate your own European version of Cheryl Strayed’s Wild).

Cocotte de Luz
consignment store)
27, Boulevard Thiers

Maison Adam
(macarons + cakes)
4 Place Louis XIV

Maison Pariès
(traditional Basque cakes)
9, rue Gambetta

Macadam Café
3 Boulevard Victor Hugo

Maison Laffargue
(handmade leather accessories)
25 rue Gambetta

Sandales Bayona
(authentic espadrilles)
60 Rue Gambetta