Biarritz – A Great Base in the Basque
If you are on a road trip in the south of France, staying in French hostels along the way, make sure you plan a few days in and around Biarritz. This well-renowned town, beloved by the rich and famous and relished by the surfing community, is gateau basque recette
a beautiful place and is close to many wonderful attractions in the area. It’s the perfect destination to explore on foot, and if you stay in one of the lovely French hostels here, you will find it very easy to do just that.
Many people come to this part of France, located right on the Atlantic coast, for its surf. Surfing off the shores here is an incredible experience, and although many of the resident surfers make it look like the sport has been part of the scenery for centuries, it was not until 1957 that surfing came to Europe – and this area was the place it arrived. Also the location of the first surf club in Europe, Biarritz’s surfing credentials have opened up the area to a wide range of youthful travellers.
Visit the Belle Epoque
Although the French hostels, you can stay in around this region, are very comfortable and offer great service, you simply must pay a visit to the Belle Époque – the famous hotel that was originally designed by Napoleon III in the 1800s for his wife. Overlooking the Grand Plage, this hotel boasts fabulous views and retains much of its original elegance and character. The main suites incorporate Carrara marble, Italian mosaics and Burmese teak. Even if you don’t stay over it’s a wonderful place to look at!
Close to Biarritz is the old and rather charming town of Bayonne, along with some nearby beaches and the vast forest of Les Landes. If you hire a car, take a trip along the coast and visit the typically Basque towns of Saint Jean de Luz and the Spanish border town of San Sebastian, which is a haven for food lovers. Stop off and take a trip on Le Petit train de La Rhune, the antique mining train that chugs its way up to the summit of La Rhune, which provides marvelous views – you may even spot the Pottok wild horses. The lovely walk back down is well signposted, but of course you can take the train back if you prefer.
Biarritz Town Centre