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travel42 Port Guide: St Jean de Luz

St Jean de Luz travel42 Port of Call Guide

Renowned for its harbor, St. Jean de Luz, France, built its reputation on whaling and fishing. This small Basque-region town, about 20 mi/32 km south of Bayonne on the Atlantic coast, has a pretty harbor with colorful boats, atmospheric narrow streets and historical houses, among them the birthplace of composer Maurice Ravel.

The extraordinary Baroque altarpiece in the St. Jean Baptiste church should not be missed—this is where Louis XIV and Maria Teresa were married in 1660. If you have time...

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