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Nineteenth century elegance, a healthy respect for good food, and a nice helping of spa-like pampering come as standard in Biarritz, one of France’s chicest resorts.
If you want to holiday like royalty then you can’t get much better than Biarritz. Known for attracting the likes of Queen Victoria in the 19th century and Frank Sinatra a hundred years later, this city in the Basque region of France is rightly titled the ‘Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast’.
Back in the day this was the place to see and be seen. Nowadays the pretense is long gone and this lively resort pulls in crowds from all walks of life, all attracted to its kilometres of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, wide ranging accommodation and sophisticated elegance. Families, teenage surfers, young couples and the silver set – they’re all here enjoying what the city has to offer.<
Biarritz is famous for its chocolate and the Chocolate Museum is well worth a visit. Learn about chocolate's origins and production methods and watch a top-class chocolate-maker at work. Then sample chocolate in its many forms. The museum shop is stocked with a range of chocolatey souvenirs to take home (14 Avenue Beaurivage, tel: 05 5923 2772).
Verdi's Falstaff is a joint production by the Metropolitan Opera, Covent Garden Opera and Teatro Scala, Milan. Tickets are affordable for all with prices starting at €14 and free entry for under 18s. For one night only, on 11 January, at the Gare du Midi. biarritz.fr
Come to the 22nd edition of the Latin American Festival (30 September - 6 October), where you'll find films, exhibitions, music, dance, food, handicrafts and more at various locations across town. A day pass costs around €14 but many events are free (information and tickets from the Festival Centre, Villa Natacha, 110 Rue d'Espagne, tel: 05 5923 2626, festivaldebiarritz.com).
St Jean du Luz is a busy little fishing town about 30 minutes from Biarritz. Famous for its seafood, food market and cobbled shopping area, it's an ideal place for a day out. Buses run regularly throughout the day. Cross the river over the estuary to the neighbouring village of Ciboure, birthplace of the composer Ravel. It lacks the prestige of St Jean but is buzzing with local character.