Biar­ritz

Woman's Era - - Short Story -

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

SPECIAL SIGHTS

BORDEAUX LOUR­DES SPAIN CHAM­BORD AM­BOISE CHENON­CEAU St. EMIL­LON NIMES CAR­CAS­SONNE BE­NUNE LYON SWITZERLAND ITALT MONACO FRENCH RIVIERA

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