Once a whaling village, today a trendy resort and surfing haven for both chic fashionistas and boardshort wearers, Biarritz boasts many a reason to grace its shores and enjoy all that's on offer...
1. La Grande Plage
Biarritz is lined with idyllic sandy white beaches, popular with bathers and surfers alike. La Grande Plage is the town's postcard beach with its stripy tents located a moment's walk from the bustling shops, bars and cafés. There's plenty to keep you occupied besides the crashing waves and sunshine such as children's clubs, sporting activities and beach bars.
2. Laissez-vous tenter
Take a wander around the streets of Biarritz and you'll notice the abundance of independent retailers, from clothes stores to gift shops. There really is something different awaiting you around every corner and, of course, there are still the usual French favourites such as Sephora and Galerie Lafayette.
3. Surf's Up
Did you know that Biarritz is the birthplace of surfing in Europe? It's a sport that seems to have been with us for as long as we can remember, but it wasn't until 1957 that surfing kickflipped its way onto the shores of Europe, and more specifically this Basque town. Surfers from around the world flock here to catch a wave in the town that has recently been awarded 2 out of 3 stars by the French Surfing Federation.
Europe's second oldest golf course, created in 1888, can be found at the heart of Biarritz and is just a short walk from the town centre. This 18-hole course is spread across 34 hectares of land and is renowned for its technical difficulty which has proved challenging to some of the best golfers. If you've got transport, 17 other courses can be found within an hour's drive of Biarritz.
5. Let them eat cake
You'll find patisserie everywhere you look in France and Biarritz is no exception with cakes and chocolates on every turn of a corner; it's a sweet-tooth's haven. One, in particular, that you must visit is La Maison de Miremont, one of the oldest and most mythical places in town. The elegance and beautiful architecture entices you in and, once inside, you can enjoy the delights of macarons, cakes, sweets and chocolate, all of which are made from traditional recipes.
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