July 29, 2014

Charming Biarritz & Her Lighthouse

Sitting on the Atlantic coast of Western France is Biarritz.  Once a whaling village, Biarritz became internationally renowned when Napoleon and Eugenie built their summer palace here which today is the Hotel du Palais.Biarritz Panorama Atlantic Coast France

At the north edge of the main beach is the Biarritz Lighthouse.  Dating back to 1831, the lighthouse sits 73 meters above sea level, offering an amazing panorama of this gorgeous city.Biarritz Lighthouse Basque Coast France

Part of the Basque region, today Biarritz offers lovely beaches, casinos, nightclubs, shops and museums.  If you love chocolate you may want to include the chocolate museum to your visit.  You did know chocolate originated here in the Basque Country!

Biarritz Lighthouse Basque Coast France

Yes the lighthouse is in the distance!

Although Biarritz may seem a bit large it does have a small town feel to it.  Spend time wandering the lovely promenade that parallels the main beach or strolling the old fishing harbor.  This is one of the few places that surfing is popular in Europe!  Biarritz is both captivating and charming.

 

Have you explored Biarritz or the French Basque Region?

 

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Maybe I’ll see you there.

 

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Comments

  1. Born27 says:

    That’s a wonderful scene. That’s a good spot in there. How lucky you are to be there.

  2. evon says:

    So is it a park near the light house? Wonderful sceneries.

  3. Karyn18 says:

    Beautiful view! I love lighthouse! It’s fun to go on the top of it and watched the beautiful scenery of the sea! Love your photos here!

  4. I was there for a wedding some years ago – the surfing is fab, my son wants to go there
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      I was surprised to here it was known for its surfing! Surfing would be one of the last things I thought Biarritz would be known for.

  5. Elise Walsh says:

    What an awesome view from that lighthouse.
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  6. I have an auntie who holidayed there for many years and I can now see what she liked about the place.
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  7. Krizza says:

    Lighthouse at the northern end of the state and continuing successively along the coast to the southernmost tri-colored Oak Island Lighthouse. Take your time and enjoy your visit to North Carolina’s seven famed lighthouses..

  8. Denise says:

    I had no idea chocolate originated in France!
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  9. Jackie Smith says:

    Great shots and they gave me all sorts of ideas for a new travel destination (as your posts always do!)
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  10. Sophie says:

    I’ve not been to Biarritz. Odd, considering they have a chocolate museum!
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  11. Sabrina says:

    I haven’t spent any time in that region. Lokos beautiful!

  12. You had me at chocolate museum =) We haven’t visited this part of France yet but would love to visit. It looks very picturesque and charming.

  13. Kazsandra says:

    Lighthouses are some of the trademarks of every place.. I guess those are some of the great ones.. Debbie, thanks for the photos..

  14. It looks beautiful!
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  15. Dick Jordan says:

    Dang! Should have skipped Normandy and headed farther south for the chocolate!
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    • Debbie Beardsley says:

      No skipping Normandy isn’t good. . . extending your trip longer to include Biarritz would be good ;)

  16. Lisa says:

    We haven’t been to this part of France yet – but beautiful beaches and chocolate sure are tempting!! Love this lighthouse too!
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  17. I always connect Biarritz with millionaires and luxury vacations. Maybe there are things us ordinary folks can enjoy there, too! Nice views. Thanks.
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  18. No, I haven’t Debbie but I’ve always heard good things about Biarritz. You taught me something new today. I didn’t know that Napoleon had a summer palace there. Very cool!
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  19. No, I haven’t been to Biarritz or the Basque Region, but would love to go there. I did not know that chocolate originated there. That’s reason enough to go there.
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  20. Leigh says:

    I have never been to the Basque region but would love to go. Surprised to hear about the surfing!
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  21. Carol says:

    what a spectacular view. I wish I can visit Atlanta one of these days. great pictures!
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