Biarritz is a seaside resort on the Atlantic coast of France located on the Bay of Biscay, just north of the Spanish border in the Basque region. With a population of about 28,000, Biarritz is known as much as being a posh and classy retreat as is the annual biarritz surf festival.
Biarritz was put on the map by the Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III when she built a summer palace here. The palace, now known as the Hotel du Palais, is still very much a prominent tourist attraction and beautiful bit of architecture. Although Biarritz was originally a destination of royalty, it has opened its gates to a wide range of visitors including many surfers who have come to the renovated surf conditions. It does however maintain its level of class and is really a ritzy place.
Biarritz is a beautiful landscape with its spectacular cliffs and surf, the rocky headland by the old fishing port with its quaint cottages, and the stunning Virgins Rock. There are many fine sites to see in Biarritz, and you can spend quite a bit of time on just the wondrous buildings like the Chappelle Imperiale, which is known for its intricately decorated roof interior and elegant wall tiles. There are Art Deco Villas along Chateaux and Romantic style gabled homes, along with the famous blue dome of the Russian Orthodox Church.
And what would a French beach resort city be without casinos? Biarritz will not let you down in that department, and a trip to the two waterfront casinos by the Grande Plage (beach) will show you their allure.
There are also many outdoor activities to be enjoyed in Biarritz, like golf, horseback riding, rugby and, let us not forget, sea and sand, which is truly world-class. And if you like getting pampered, the spas of biarritz will not disappoint.
Obviously you would want to visit Biarritz in the beach season, but be warned that this city gets intensely crowded during the festival Festival in July and during the European holiday month of August, so if you can make it in May, June or September, do so.