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The embodiment of upmarket surfer chic, Biarritz effortlessly mixes celebrities on spa weekends with slackers on surf beaches, neatly managing to avoid the silicone madness of the Côte d’Azur. Just 15 minutes from the Spanish border, Biarritz is perfect for a weekend trip, combining the elegance of a belle époque seaside resort with the distinctive sights and tastes of the Basque region.

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“Biarritz: the complete guide”

It’s come a long way, Biarritz. In the 15th century it was a grubby little whaling port in the heart of the Basque country, where local fishermen gutted whales on the beach. France’s once-regal resort is now a shabby-chic surf spot – but it still oozes … Read more...

Written by press. Times Online July 2, 2008

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Interesting belle epoque town on the Atlantic coast in the lee of the Pyrennees, with a grand hotel, a glitzy casino, some great food and windy, romantic beaches. Great base for exploration of the Basque region - can get busy with French tourists in summer but not as crowded with foreign tourists as elsewhere.

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