French Basque Coast

Saint-Jean-de-Luz: River Nivelle Path & Seafront Promenade

© Office de Tourisme de Saint-Jean-de-Luz

This nearly 10k run along the River Nivelle and seafront promenade in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is among the more scenic of our Basque coastal routes. Saint-Jean-de-Luz is a pretty fishing town, known for its beach and historic Saint-Jean-Baptiste church, which dates back to the 1400s.

Port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz.  Daniel VILLAFRUELA

Start at the Port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, around the attractive marina resplendent with boats. Run on the Prom. Alfred Poise, a quai path along the River Nivelle, to the E5 Highway. Nice water views on this is ~5 km out and back section of the route. Next, run for 2 km northwest along Prom. Jacques Thibaud, the attractive seafront promenade along the beach, to La Colline Sainte-Barbe — a scenic point jutting out into the sea. There’s an especially scenic, hilly path leading to the Chapelle Saint-Barbe, where your ~40m climb will be rewarded with great views! Return to the port using the promenade.

Notes: the 1.2 km Grand Plage (beach) has soft sand but can be runnable right near the water. Promenade lit at night.

Prom. Jacques Thibaud. Google Street View

Add-On: For a fantastic longer run, combine with our Ciboure route, which starts right across the way from the harbour.

 

 

 

Essentials
  • 9.1 km (6 miles)
  • 64m (209 feet)
  • Port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • A bus runs along the main coastal road. There's also the Saint-Jean-De-Luz - Ciboure train station

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Essentials
  • 9.1 km (6 miles)
  • 64m (209 feet)
  • Port of Saint-Jean-de-Luz
  • A bus runs along the main coastal road. There's also the Saint-Jean-De-Luz - Ciboure train station