In Basque country
A village made prosperous by whaling,
But the place to go in the 1850's
After wife of Napolean III
Had a villa built there for her leisure.
The rich followed and built large villas of their own,
The warm winters becoming a magnet for the elderly, then and now
Visit the Rocher de la Vierge, and feel the breeze biting against the glorious view.
Come to experience thalassotherapy,
The eminent French recipe for well being
Invented by biologist Renè Qiunton,
Who realised the affinity of sea water to blood plasma.
In Biarritz visit Institut Louison Bobet de Biarritz,
Or Thermes Marins de Biarritz,
Two of over 40 centers throughout France.
Enjoy seaweed wraps, jet showers, seaweed baths, massage
Bring back the spring of life to tired, and aching limbs
And if you want to turn the wheel, make luck happen
Go to the Casino, and give the old style the new style
Saint-Jean-de-Luz - resort, fishing village.
Visit nearby St Jean de Luz as it has a welcoming smile. There is a warmth in this
fishing village and resort. The people, the homes, the sea,
the rocks, the cliffs, vibrate with a positive energy.
as no surprise perhaps that the warm tones, the pleasant melodies
of Ravel were born here. Visit his birthplace at the port of
Place Louis XIV is the place for concerts, artist exhibitions,
a square that remembers the time when St Jean de Luz was a "Little
Paris" - a fashionable resort.
Visit the church of Saint Jean-Baptiste dating from the 15th Century, where Louis XIV and the Infanta
Marie Thérèse were married - the interior is quite
spectacular - with 3 levels of galleries and a 17th century
organ - providing good accoustics for a number of concerts through
out the year.
Whats to do? There are an incredible 10 golf courses within
20 kms of St Jean de Luz - (the Saint-Jean-de-Luz golf
course - opened in 1892).
Enjoy yourselves on a Thalassotherapy
weekend with Helianthal. Come
for the Young Film Directors festival. Come to the International
Festival of Surf Films.
Enjoy the sea, the beach, the fishing.
Dive into the gastronomy of St Jean de Luz from Basque specialties from Squid with ink, to Piperade; local confections of Macarons,
Mouchous, and Kanougas. Visit some great St Jean De Luz Restaurants
Its just a short distance to Spain,
or the glorious landscapes of the Pyrenees.