After traveling almost constantly (one three-night stay, a few twos, but mostly singles) for about three weeks, ever since leaving Chinon, we were grateful to arrive in Guéthary, just north of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. We stayed in a little vacation apartment for a week and were able to catch up on laundry and even do some cooking.
|St.-Jean-de-Luz © LKL|
Guéthary is tiny and cute, but Saint-Jean-de-Luz and neighboring Ciboure are truly lovely. We’d thought that it would be quick and easy to get there from Guéthary, but traffic was horrendous, even in September: there’s a toll road, but most people choose the free and therefore far more crowded Route Nationale. So we only spent one afternoon in St-Jean-de-Luz; it’s definitely on our list of places to revisit.
|Petit train de La Rhune © LKL|
One of the best parts of the week was our trip on le petit train de La Rhune, a cog railway that ascends 905 meters to the top of the La Rhune massif and offers a spectacular view over Basque country.
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My wife and I spent a few days in St.-Jean-de-Luz back in Oct. 2008, and then drove 20 min. south and stayed for a few days in San Sebastian. When you re-visit the area, be sure to drop south into Spain. Both St. Jean and San Sebastian sit on wide semi-circular bays but are worlds apart in terms of architecture, style, culture and language. Always impressive how one can move 20 min. and see such difference! And we loved both of them. BTW, Bilbao is only another hour past San Sebastian on the autoroute.