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Biarritz, located in the French Basque country about 29 kms from Spain was for several decades; at the end of the 19th century, the most fashionable resort in Europe.  It's style and belle epoque charm, much like nearby San Sebastian, attracted and appealled to the rich and famous.  

In 2018 the New York Times Style Magazine described Biarritz as follows:

"Today, Biarritz’s old-world elegance and relaxed beachy vibe attract a mixture of surfers, international urbanites and vacationing Parisians. Visitors come to lay beneath colorful striped parasols by day, and meet for sundowners at Biarritz’s hilltop cafes by night. With its locally run boutiques selling espadrilles, ceramics and hand-dyed indigo textiles — and a new wave of restaurants and buzzy wine bars reimagining traditional Basque delicacies — this beguiling seaside town is a timeless destination that’s forever reinventing itself."

Biarritz makes for an ideal daytrip or overnight while staying in the Basque Country. 

The past two decades have seen Biarritz reborn again with many hotels and public buildings having been restored. See the fine old Hotel du Palais which construction was ordered by Napoleaon III, for his wife.  Also the Casino that dominates the Grande Plage or main beach where impressive waves attract surfers from all over the world.

The place in Biarritz for strolling and people-watching is the Rocher de la Vierge in the Port-Vieux or Old Port. Not far from here is the Musee de la Mer or Biarritz Aquarium dedicated to marine life in the Bay of Biscay. Also nearby is the famous Planète Musée chocolat (Chocolate Museum). Food lovers will also enjoy Les Halles, the gourmet covered market established in 1885.

 

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