Today we visited the nearby town of St-Jean-de-Luz and then Biarritz. St-Jean-de-Luz sits on the only natural harbour on the coast south of Bordeaux to the border with Spain. Today and in its past it is a major fishing port. The town has many of the half-timbered houses which are cream and either red or green a tradition in this Basque province. The town is also famous for being the site for the marriage of King Louis XIV and Maria Teresa, Infanta of Castile in 1660. The church where they were married has a door through which they left the church which has been sealed up ever since.
We enjoyed a walk around the old town and then took the path along the bay with its fine sandy beach (popular in the summer but very few people at this time of year) to a point which gave great vistas of the natural bay. As we sat and had our lunch at the point we watched a film crew busy shooting what looked like a police drama.
After walking back into town we decided we had to go and have a look at the famous Biarritz so we drove further north. Biarritz was from the mid 19th century to the 1950’s the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic Coast. Today the town has lost its splendor and besides the Casino and the beaches it seemed quite shabby but we did enjoy a walk along the front before heading back to base.