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Getting There — Twenty-five daily trains arrive from Biarritz (trip time: 11 min.; from 3.40€ one-way), and seven per day arrive from Paris (trip time: 5 hr., 40 min.; from 95€ one-way). For train information and schedules, visit www.oui.sncf or call tel. 36-35 (.40€/min.). Buses pulling into town from other parts of the Basque country arrive at the Gare Routière (tel. 05-59-26-06-99), in front of the railway station. St-Jean-de-Luz is a short drive from Biarritz along N10 south.

Visitor Information — The Office de Tourisme is on 20 bd. Victor Hugo (www.saint-jean-de-luz.com; tel. 05-59-26-03-16).

Special Events — In July and August on Wednesday after 10:30pm and Sunday after 10:30pm, people pile into place Louis-XIV to take part in Toro de Fuego, a celebration of the bull. Revelers take to the streets to dance and watch fireworks. The highlight of the festivities is a snorting papier-mâché bull carried around place Louis-XIV. During the second half of June, the city celebrates the Festival of St-Jean (Fêtes Patronales de la Saint Jean) with concerts and a series of food kiosks along the harborfront. For four days during the first half of October, the Festival International du Film (www.fifsaintjeandeluz.com; tel. 05-59-85-80-81), has grown more ambitious over recent years. For information about festivals, contact the Office de Tourisme.

 

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.