If you looking for a destination for your summer holidays, why not consider Biarritz on the South West coast of France?
This was once a glamorous destination for the world’s heads of state and celebrities in years gone past. While it may no longer be one of the world’s hot spots, there are still lots of reasons to consider visiting this seaside resort town. In this article we take a look at three things that might put Biarritz at the top of your holiday destination list.
Getting there is easy
You can fly there but short-haul flights in Europe can be a bit more trouble than they’re worth. My favourite way of getting to Biarritz is to book on Rail Europe the TGV train direct from Paris. There’s no hassle with luggage, or juggling your liquids into small plastic bags, you jump on from the centre of Paris and within a couple of hours you are stepping off the train at Biarritz.
While you don’t need a car to get around the town itself, it is worth considering renting one to explore the surrounding region. Biarritz is part of the Basque region, and it is fascinating to drive up into the Pyrenees mountains to experience the cuisine and culture of the small Basque villages of the area. The Spanish border is just a short distance away and San Sebastian also makes an easy day trip that is well worth making the effort for.
Live like a local
There are a huge range of accommodation options in Biarritz, but the best way to really get under the skin of this place is to rent a private house. The French seem to be particularly good at organising short term private rentals – you can use a site such as Airbnb but there are a range of local web sites also offering this kind of service. It is ideal if you have a small house or private apartment – with your own kitchen you will be popping out to the local bakery to grab some crusty bread for breakfast, or shopping at the local stores to put a few things together for lunch, or you might have a few friends over for dinner and cook up a huge feast!
Relax on the beach
On the Atlantic coast of France, Biarritz is known as one of the best surfing destinations in the country. There is an annual surf festival held here – one of the biggest long-boarding events in the world. There are a range of surf schools that you can sign up to if you want to improve your skills in the waves, or alternatively you can just relax on the beach, lying on the golden sand or playing in the waves.
Nothing quite beats a beach-side holiday, and Biarritz seems to seamlessly blend the grandeur of days gone past, the culture and history of its surrounding region together with an effortless, relaxed charm that makes this the perfect destination for summer.