How to Experience Saint Jean de Luz Festival in 2024

The month of June in Saint Jean de Luz is an opportunity to enjoy two important festivals to discover Basque traditions and culture:

  • Udaberria Dantzan, the dance festival of the 7 Basque provinces.
  • Saint Jean de Luz festival or patron saint’s day at the time of Saint John.

It’s the latter that I’m talking about in this article where you’ll find:

  • the description of Saint Jean de Luz festival.
  • videos shot during this festival.
  • some practical information to prepare your trip.

Article updated on 01.02.2024


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St Jean de Luz beach and Pyrenees

Saint Jean de Luz festival.

During the feast of Saint John in Saint Jean de Luz, there are many interesting animations, including bandas, dances, a solemn mass with orchestras, choirs, tamborradas, small pirates in black and red…

Saint Jean de Luz, city of corsairs, celebrates its past.


What to wear during St jean festivities?

As you will see in the videos, we have to dress in black and red, the colours of the city of Basque privateers!


How to prepare your trip?

The festivities should take place from 20 to 24 June 2024.

If you come by plane, the nearest airport is the BAB – Biarritz.

There is an SNCF train station in the centre of Saint Jean de Luz – 2 minutes from the port and the town hall.

Saint Jean de Luz is linked by the motorway. Take the North exit.

The Travel blogger vlogger Stephanie Langlet with Basque characters

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Videos of Saint John Day.

You will find below several videos filmed during the Saint Jean de Luz festivities.


Where to sleep in Saint Jean de Luz?

The Madison, in the centre of Saint Jean de Luz and 30 seconds from the seafront, with swimming pool, restaurant and spa.

Note the very friendly welcome and the charm of the place, in an old building of 1911, completely renovated.

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La Réserve, a 4-star hotel and restaurant with a breathtaking view of the bay of Saint Jean de Luz.

This is one of my favourite places in Saint Jean de Luz, in a beautiful and quiet setting.

Several times I had the opportunity to have lunch in their splendid restaurant where we would stay for hours contemplating the ocean and the cliffs.

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The Grand Hotel Thalasso Spa, 5 stars in the centre of Saint Jean de Luz and in the heart of the bay.

In spite of the beauty of the building and its privileged location, I find the welcome too stilted and not very warm…

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You can also read my detailed article on the 5 star hotels in Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz


Conclusion – Saint Jean de Luz festival.

You now have all the information you need to enjoy Saint Jean de Luz festival next June. And why not take advantage of a long stay to celebrate Udaberria Dantzan and then the feast of Saint John?

Have you ever visited Saint Jean de Luz? Do you have other visiting tips to share? Do not hesitate to share them with us as a comment.

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How to Experience Saint Jean de Luz Festival in 2024

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