Biarritz is the most fashionable and most frequented resort town in the south west of France, and has been for some time. Generations of royalty from across Europe choose to have their holiday here. From Napoleon III and his wife Eugenie, to Churchill, Franck Sinatra, Catherine Deneuve, Madonna: all came to enjoy the spectacular and wild beaches, the all-year-round warm climate, fine restaurants, designer shopping, casino, thalasso-therapy, golf, surfing – the attractions are endless!
Above all, it is Biarritz’s incomparable laid-back but sophisticated style that people enjoy.
If you’re heading to my hometown, a few tips from a local will make your stay that much more enjoyable. My ideal day in the Biarritz region would include:
- Savouring a morning coffee at café Dodin on the Grand Plage, admiring the surfers or people watching.
- Going for a round of golf at the historic Le Phare golf course.
- Lunching like a queen at La Rotonde restaurant in the Hotel du Palais.
- Being pampered at the 5 stars Miramar Thalassa Spa and Thalasso-therapy center overlooking the ocean.
- 5 o'clock tea at the 100 years old patisserie Miremont.
- Designer shopping at the legendary Galeries Lafayette department store
- Relax and chit-chat with the eclectic crowd of locals, VIPs and surfers while having a glass of wine and tapas at La Maison du Foie-Gras.
- Have a romantic stroll and watch the sunset along the Atalaya walk, down to the old harbour where you’ll pass the best fish restaurant in town: Chez Albert (if you’re full, save it for another day!).
Voilà! That is how to enjoy yourself, Biarritz-style.
Thank you, Bea, for the inspiration! If anyone is traveling to Biarritz this fall or in 2012, consider getting in touch with Bea for more local insight.