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Biarritz welcomes surfers from all over the world 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).

Glamorous Biarritz lies on the Bay of Biscay at the French border with Spain. It’s under five hours away by direct high-speed TGV train from Paris.

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