Written by vjb1188 on 10 Mar, 2007
The time that I spent in Biarritz this past summer was truly amazing. It was my first time in this beautiful area and living in this city and the experiencing all of the surrounding attractions was an experience that I will never forget. When here…Read More
The time that I spent in Biarritz this past summer was truly amazing. It was my first time in this beautiful area and living in this city and the experiencing all of the surrounding attractions was an experience that I will never forget. When here I was able to see the Tour de France and the World Cup (which, of course, ended tragically). However, what sticks out most in my memory was the tremendous beauty of my surroundings and the warmth of the people living in and visiting them. Biarritz is such a unique town in that it is able to meld the Basque, surf, and jet-set cultures into one compact city. There was a very laid-back feel to the town and at the same time I never felt bored or like I had nothing to do.
Often travel guides will give you advice for the "perfect day" in a city, but for Biarritz there are many options for such a day. One could wake up late, eat lunch, and spend a day on a beach in Anglet brushing up on surfing skills, followed by a shower, a late dinner, and a night dancing in the clubs. Or one could rent a boat and go sailing in the afternoon and travel to the "paysage" in the evening for dinner and unlimited drinks at a cidrerie. Another option is to go for a hike in the foothills of the Pyrenees followed by a dinner of tapas in San Sebastian. The list could go on and on and the opportunities for adventure and new experiences in Biarritz and the surrounding Basque country is endless. The French Basques and the tourists in Biarritz coexist superbly. We could all learn something from their relaxed "savoir vivre." The Basques are extremely, and rightfully, proud of this beautiful city and their beautiful corner of the world. Forget what you've heard about Basque terrorists - the people in Biarritz and the surrounding region are warm, friendly, and eager to share with you their culture and their cuisine. I encourage you to come to Biarritz and experience all that it has to offer in terms of culture, warmth, cuisine, and adventure.