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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.<
Go for a walk along the Quai de La Plage, a spacious quay walkway along the beaches. Stunning views of the ocean, the lighthouse and the trendy surfers doing their thing.
The 'Rock of the Virgin' sits just off the coast. Here, legend tells us, the virgin appeared to some fishermen and guided them to safety. In 1865 a statue was built to honour the virgin. It can be reached by a short bridge commissioned by Napoleon III.
The Casino Municipal (1 Avenue Edouard VII) is a spectacular Art-Deco building on the beach in the centre of town. It houses a theatre, a swimming pool, a casino and various bars and eateries, making it an ideal day trip.
Go to the Big Festival between 9 and 17 July with national and international artists including The Libertines, The Prodigy and Pharrell Williams. Tickets between €25 and €50, depending on the day. http://bigfest.fr/
Go shopping in the colourful, bustling Les Halles market. Open every day (including Sunday) to sell the finest fresh, local and regional produce. Buy the makings of a gourmet picnic and lunch in style in one of the town's quiet corners.
Go to the Asian Oriental Art Museum (1 Rue Guy Petit. www.museeasiatica.com) with exhibits from China, Tibet, Nepal, the Himalayas and India. Open every day, free entry.
Escape to nearby San Sebastian for the day. Catch a STAB bus there and back and enjoy some top class food (the town is famous for its 'pintxos' - bite-sized morsels of tasty food), walk along the famous La Concha beach or stroll around the Old Quarters, browsing in the arty shops.
Escape to nearby fishing village of St Jean du Luz, further up the coast towards the Spanish border. Buses leave regularly and the trip takes about 30 minutes. Enjoy the coastal views along the way. Eat lunch at one of the great little seafood restaurants and check out the bustling market and arty shops in the centre.