Saint-Jean-de-Luz

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Saint-Jean-de-Luz

(săN-zhäN-də-lüz), town (1990 pop. 13,181), Pyrénées-Atlantiques dept., SW France, in the Basque Provinces (see BasquesBasques
, people of N Spain and SW France. There are about 2 million Basques in the three Basque provs. and Navarre, Spain; some 250,000 in Labourd, Soule, and Lower Navarre, France; and communities of various sizes in Central and South America and other parts of the world.
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), on the Bay of Biscay. It is a beach resort with a casino and a sardine- and tuna-fishing port. Louis XIV married (1660) Marie Thérèse of Austria there. Saint-Jean-de-Luz has a 16th-century Basque church.