Biarritz, on the dramatic Atlantic coast of South West France, is a former whaling village that became a royal resort in the mid 19th century and more recently has evolved into one of Europe's leading surfing venues.
Biarritz took off as a resort when Napoléon III visited regularly and built his wife Eugénie a summer residence on the seafront. It became a hotel in 1893 and, complete with marble-pillared lobby and chandeliers in the lifts, Hotel du Palais now stands as a luxury hotel.
Since the sixties, the town has become France's surf capital. World Championships are held here. Head down to the Côte des Basques where camper vans gather. This magnificent stretch of sand is one of the best for surfing of the town’s six beaches.
See what's on during your stay with events ranging from surf and dance festivals to sports matches throughout the year.