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St Jean de Luz

The French and Spanish are more clued up about this gem than visitors from further away, so don’t tell anyone, but it’s a place you shouldn’t miss. Geography’s been kind to its beach (sheltered and safe) and history drips from its winding old streets with their timber-fronted boutiques and fantastic places to eat, drink and absorb what the Pays Basque is all about, including Maison Adam, there since 1660 and the best chocolate shop (they make macaroons too) we’ve ever seen. Better than all this, though, it’s only a ten-minute drive away from Col d’Ibardin campsite.