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Visit to Biarritz: surfers and aristocrats facing the Atlantic

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Biarritz views from the lighthouse on a cloudy day


You will find signs and street names in Basque and French in most of the city. Also, in the souvenir shops and in the markets you will notice that Biarritz combines Basque and French traditions.

Personally, I got the feeling that Basque DNA in tourist shops was a false claim. Come on, there is little left of the Basque influence in the city. I didn't hear the locals speak in a language other than French. However, in the kitchen I did observe French and Basque touches united by the hand.

Later, in San Juan de Luz, I could see that Basque was part of everyday life among its citizens. I can be wrong. Two days do not give to know the secrets of a city like Biarritz.

Surfers practicing their favorite sport on the waves of Biarritz

Probably the best place to start a visit to Biarritz is visiting the city lighthouse. With a height of more than 70 meters this lighthouse dominates the Hainsart cape and you will enjoy a splendid panoramic view of Biarritz as well as the first coastal towns of the Basque Country such as Hondarribia.

From here you can get an idea of ​​the architectural style of Biarritz, with its castles and mansions of the beginning of the century, the mammals of the massive construction of the sixties and seventies and the extensive beach that covers most of the coast of Biarritz.

We visited the Museum of the Sea, an oceanographic, which offers an ideal visit for families. You will find many marine species such as sharks, seals and hundreds of different species of fish. In its lower part they show huge whale skeletons as a tribute to the whaling past of the town of Biarritz. The Museum of the Sea had a recent opening and proposes a modern and curious view of the marine world.

He Hotel du Palais It presides over the Biarritz skyline and is the main reason why Biarritz is known in the world. Napoleon III, as a wedding gift, built this great palace to Empress Eugenie in the mid-nineteenth century and put the city in the spotlight of the entire European aristocracy of the moment.

The old port of Biarritz It contrasts with the opulence of palaces and castles of the nobility and appears tiny, with fishermen's boats posted on its walls waiting to leave for the brave Atlantic whose waves, today, are more beloved than feared because of the surfers who they bet on the great beach of Biarritz.

Duck breast in the Café Jean de Biarritz

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