The Basque Country is a territory of tradition, culture and strong history straddling two countries, Spain and France and 2 hours from Bordeaux. It is bordered by the Atlantic Ocean and crossed by the Pyrenees mountain range. Nestled in the extreme south-west of France, Biarritz is an elegant city, acclaimed for its beaches, surf spots, golf courses, thalassotherapy centers and gastronomy. Gateway to the Basque Country, Biarritz is probably the most famous city in the region.
The beach in the heart of the city
Feet in the blond sand of the Grande Plage, in the center of Biarritz, one only has to look around to be charmed. Opposite, the immensity of the ocean and the surfers defy the waves. On the right, the 73-meter high lighthouse and the Palace Hotel, the only 5-star hotel ranked palace on the Atlantic coast. On the left, one sees the rock of the Virgin, emblematic place of the city, and behind, the Casino Municipal built in an Art Deco style. Biarritz is like this: a combination of amazing monuments and magnificent panoramas over the sea and the mountains. Discover the "Côte des Basques" beach, the unusual Belza villa built on a rock, the luxury shops under the arches and the lively Halles…
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Biarritz, an extraordinary history
Biarritz is a daring city that has always attracted attention. Formerly a tiny fishing port from which men valiantly left to hunt whales, the city then became a holiday resort for crowned heads, under the impetus of the Empress Eugenie and Napoleon III. Kings, princesses, grandees of Spain, English Lords, writers and many movie stars have, over time, given its stamp and its nobility to the city. Then Biarritz earned its reputation of hip destination, queen of crazy nights and craddle of surf culture.
The art of life
Today, the Basque Country displays a unique art of living. Blessed land with its mountains, beaches, forests and ocean, the Basque Country is a huge playground; a territory of tradition, culture and history; a land where life is constantly celebrated.
Because that's the strength of Biarritz. Its membership and its attachment to an exceptional and preserved territory partly explain the excellence of its positioning on the market of the meeting and incentive industry. More than a promise, an impulse ... to awaken and reveal in you the best. Here is being elsewhere ... on a land without borders.
Three cities which form B.A.B
Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne (B.A.B) are three intertwined cities, very different and complementary. At the confluence of the Adour and the Nive, Bayonne is the cultural capital of the Basque Country. It is known for its cathedral, its narrow half-timbered houses glued to each other near the wharves, and its festivals bringing together nearly a million people over five days in July. Gourmands also appreciate it for the famous Bayonne ham (celebrated every year since 1462 during the Ham Fair, in April) and for the chocolate that has made the city famous for nearly four centuries. Anglet attracts nature lovers with its four kilometers of fine sand, waves, pine forests and Chiberta golf course. The area of the Chambre d’Amour, in front of sea, is animated every day of the summer.
The villages of the hinterland
Leaving the coast one gets lost among the green hills, villages with typical houses. Sare, Ainhoa, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Espelette ... the Basque country offers a unique journey in gastronomy, crafts and the natural and cultural wealth of this region.