Situated on France’s southwestern coast, Biarritz offers residents and visitors alike a unique atmosphere. Known for its beaches and a thriving surf scene, posh restaurants live side-by-side with laidback pizza places and surf shops.
Biarritz was once the holiday destination for royalty, but this exclusive upmarket image has changed. Tourism is more diversified, with the organisation of festivals, conference facilities, and a centre for thalassotherapy (the use of seawater, algae, mud, and other marine items as therapeutic treatment).
A promenade runs between the sandy beaches of the central Grand Plage and the Côte des Basques. The beaches are split by a rocky headland, and the town is a haven for windsurfers and surfers, who descend on Biarritz in July when it holds a popular surfing festival and hosts the European longboard championships.