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Biarritz

About Biarritz:

Nowadays surfers from all over the world meet up in Biarritz because they have found a place that measures up to their wildest dreams. In the past, the royalty of Europe, from Elizabeth of Austria to the Duke of Windsor, came here and mingles with men of letters, bankers, actors and designers of haute couture… who have never abandoned the Basque coast, even though their holidays here are more discreet nowadays.

And yet, Biarritz has a lot more to offer than its beach and its magnificent view. It is well worth a foray into the town centre to admire the Basque houses by the Port Vieux and the Plateau de l’Atalaye. The villas built in the 19th and early 20th centuries by banking tycoons and the high society of the time to make their most extravagant dreams come true are still breathtaking.

You can also give yourself the illusion of being royalty by going to dinner at the Hotel du Palais. This former imperial palace built by Napoleon III for his wife, the beautiful Empress Eugenie of Montijo, has become one of the world’s most beautiful buildings.

As chic and glamorous as ever, Biarritz lives all year long to the rhythm of its festivals, ballets, concerts, cultural events, congresses, sports events, etc. The city offers all forms of entertainment. Biarritz is today a leading destination for golf, surfing, healthcare therapy (thalassotherapy) and business tourism (incentives and congresses).

 

What to do in Biarritz:

Musée de la Mer de Biarritz:

The Biarritz Marine Museum is a great place to head if you’ve got kids. They’ll love the wide selection of sea life on show.

Information office: +33 05 59 22 37 00 (all major languages)

 

Planète Musée du Chocolat:

Heaven for chocaholics, this quirky museum takes visitors on a journey through the history of chocolate – from its invention 3000 years ago by the ancient Aztecs.

Information office: +33 05 59 22 37 00 (all major languages)

 

Musée Historique:

This fascinating museum tells the story of Biarritz, from its humble origins as a tiny, Basque fishing port, to the glamorous holiday destination of today.

Information office: +33 05 59 22 37 00 (all major languages)

 

Biarritz Casino Barrière:

From its frosted white façade, to the softly lit lavish interior – Biarritz’s famous casino feels like a setting from a James Bond film.

Information office: +33 05 59 22 37 00 (all major languages)

 

Asiatica museum:

With thousands of exhibits from China, Tibet, Nepal and India, Biarritz’s Museum of Oriental Art is a top choice for a rainy day (in the unlikely event there are any).

Information office: +33 05 59 22 37 00 (all major languages)