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.
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.
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!
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.