BIARRITZ CONTINUES ITS SEDUCTION: WITH ITS YEAR-ROUND MILD WEATHER, ITS BEACHES, BIG WAVES, AND MAJESTIC VILLAS. PICTURESQUE LIKE THE PORT DES PECHEURS. BREATH-TAKING LIKE THE ROCHER DE LA VIERGE. FRANCE
Frank Sinatra and Rita Hayworth who stayed with Aga Khan. Sumptuous parties were still in full swing in the 60s. And an amazing new sport called surfing made its French debut.
Today, Biarritz continues its seduction: with its year-round mild weather, its beaches, big waves, and majestic villas. Picturesque like the Port des Pecheurs. Breathtaking like the Rocher de la Vierge.
Enjoy its special sights, images and feelings! Boutiques display Basque cloths, berets and colourful espadrilles. Stroll through the arcades or under the shade of tamarisks. Have some tapas in a bar or bodega. Try some squid. In the Basque villages, there are feasts of hams, ewe’s cheese and black cherry jam. You could hear a Basque song carried on the breeze from a church balcony, enjoy the wonderful flavours of a seafood platter, or the performance of a surfer, dancer, txistu player or pelotari. Or just daydream about Roaring Twenties’ opulence.
Sea bathing in warm waters, mud and seaweed baths, tonifying showers, seawater steam baths and water physiotherapy! The town is renowned for its seawater therapy and thalassotherapy, with several treatments and care programmes to put you on the road to the body beautiful. Created by former cycling star Louison Bobet, and integrated into the Miramar Hotel, Thalassa Institute offers a la carte programmes, with a swimming pool, sauna, UV treatments and a beauty salon.
Andalusian haciendas, NeoRenaissance chateaux, Swiss chalets, English villas, and Basque houses dot the town. A remarkable architectural heritage has been preserved in the Gare du Midi, Espace Bellevue, and Casino Municipal. Some offer a gala dinner by the waterside, lit by the summer sun melting into the ocean’s vastness at dusk. Everywhere, elegant buildings open onto the Atlantic.
Hydrangeas and tamarisks line the streets that feature buildings that form joyous, unexpected juxtapositions. A Byzantine-inspired chapel, an Orthodox Church, a medieval villa (the Roche Ronde). The Russian Church Mses just behind the Hotel du Palais that stands just by the sea.
Golfers will feel particularly at home. Within a 15-mile radius of the town are some 10 greens, which have found it a place in golfing legend. In 1888 the English legacy