Overshadowed in the shadow of the nearby San Juan de Luz (Donibane Lohitzune), the formerly called "Zubiburu" (bridgehead, which is what separates it from San Juan de Luz), is one of the most charming towns of the Country Basque. Ravel's hometown, low of that house is currently used as tourist office, and the building is known as the "house Ravel" Dutch style. It is situated right by the sea. The highlights of this place are - The Fort of Sokoa - The church of San Vicente, with a beautiful wooden gallery inside, and 3 bell shaped roofs and octagonal, the one with this way in the Basque Country but it is worth getting lost in the narrow streets. It isn't a very big town, so in just a couple of hours, you can surely see it all. If you are thinking about visiting San Juan de Luz, it is probably best to start at the beach Hendaya, because from there you pass by the Abbadie Castle (also recommended to visit), then head up the road at the Corniche road and from there you can enter Sokoa (where is strong), to pass Ciboure / Ziburu before reaching San Juan de Luz / Donibane Lohitzune. You will be very happy that you took this route.
It is definitely worth making a stop in this tiny town, the birthplace of Ravel, facing St Jean de Luz. The church is precious. It has inside of it the typical wooden gallery, common in French Basque churches, which were designed for men attending Mass, while women had to listen at the bottom. From the top of the ceiling there is a boat, typical of the churches by the ocean, asking for protection for their sailors. On the outside of the church there is a tiny roof, under which public bathrooms are very clean. Its bell tower is visible from many points of this town and is notable for its octagonal shape and triple top, the only one like this in the Basque Country. Go upstairs behind them, from above there is a lovely view of St Jean de Luz.
The old obelisk-shaped fountain is on the "Rue de la fontaine." It was built in 1676, and in it you can see the arms of the city. It was a gift from Mr. Morel-Francoz to this beautiful village, located in front of San Juan de Luz (Donibane Lohitzune).
The fort of Socoa is a work of art for those that love architecture. It was built and refurbished several times during the Spanish invasion, the British occupation, etc. On this fort, you can see different trends of military architecture, and the influence of Vauban is also apparent. It was made for protecting and consolidating the port of Ciboure against the Spanish invasion.
Ciboure (Ziburu in Basque) is a small seaside town in the heart of beautiful San Juan de Luz bay. It's an area with an exceptional heritage: Socoa Fort, La Casa Ravel, San Juan Bautista Church, traditional fishing ports etc. Spend a quiet weekend here with good food and plenty of fun activities.
This place is also known as the "House of Ravel" because the famous musician was born here, on 7th March, 1875. The house displays a clearly Dutch style. Opposite to it, separated by water, is the beautiful St Jean de Luz.
This monument is hidden away in a corner, very close to the bridge that separates Ciboure / Ziburu from St Jean de Luz / Donibane Lohitzune, this monument was placed in honor of the French victims who died during the war.