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Day 11
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Spend a day visiting these two towns, just an hour apart, on your way to Toulouse. St-Jean-de-Luz is known as the village where Louis XIV married Maria Teresa of Spain, and its big attractions are related to the royal couple. In St-Jean-Pied-de-Port, a fortified town on the Nive River, walk around the ramparts and see its unusual church.
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  • Visit St-Jean-de-Luz's Maison de l'Infante, where Maria Teresa of Spain stayed prior to her marriage to Louis XIV. The pink façade is meant to evoke an Italian palazzo.
  • St-Jean-de-Luz's17th-century Maison Louis-XIV is where the king stayed before his nuptials. It is austerely decorated in 17th-century Basque fashion.
  • St-Jean-Pied-de-Port's is known for its magnificent doorway and has a classic Basque-style design.


  • St-Jean-Baptiste in St-Jean hosts a "Musique en Côte Basque" festival of Baroque music in early September.

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