Beautiful Biarritz France Is About Sand And Sea
By PhotographyMaran2525. Monday, January 30, 2012 6:45:43 AM
The architecture of Biarritz France is not typically that of the Basque country, but rather reflects the taste of the well-heeled Belle Epoque aristos who spent their summers here. Art deco villas rub shoulders eith mock chateaux and romantically gabled house. But when all is said and done, Biarritz is about sand and sea.
The sweeping Grand Plage runs on to the Plage Miramar. A walk around the rocky headland will reveal the old fishing port with its tiny cottages, the impressive Rocher de la Vierge….. and thoe majestic Atlantic breakers crashing onto the exposed Plage de la Cote des Basque, which attracts the world’s best surfers for an annual festival.
There is a strong English connection, remembered in the immaculate golf course and triving professional rugby club. There is also a little museum of local history in the former Anglican Church, featuring photographs of all the British aristocrats who helped to establish the reputation of Biarritz France. Open-air activities such as horse riding and tennis are widely available, and the spa element has not been forgotten – there are a number of pampering establishments offering thalassotherapy (as you ask, it’s the noble process of applying marine benefits to the cause of health and beauty). Enjoy!
Population Of Biarritz France
When To Go To Biarritz France
May, June or September – Biarritz gets horribly crowded in high summer, especially during the July surf festival.
Don’t Miss To Visit This Place In Biarritz France
*A visit to the beachfront Casino, that inevitable adjunct to resort life in the south of France – it has bars and restaurants for those who look after their cents so the euros look after themselves.
*Three fine Biarritz churches – the Orthodox Russian with its famous blue dome (built for all those visiting grandees from Tsarist Russia), the 12th-century St. Martin’s and st. Charles.
*The Musee de la Mer, containing a fascinating aquarium plus turtles, sharks and seals (riotously fed at 10.30 and 17.00)
*The Chapelle Imperiale, built for Empress Eugenie, with its intricately decorated roof and stylish wall tiles. Chocoholic Central – the Musee du Chocolat describes the Basque love affair with the cocoa bean and offers serious tasting possibilities.
*A trip inland to see typical Basque villages like Ainhoa, Ascain, Espelette or Sare, with their large red-and-white houses and old galleried churches
You Should Know About Biarritz France
Biarritz was originally a whaling village founded by Vikings, until 18th-century doctors recommended it as an ideal place to ‘take the waters'