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For centuries Biarritz (Miarritze in Basque, meaning tongue of rocks) was but a small village where in ancient times the Basques used to catch whales. Its fortunes started to change in the 18th century when doctors declared that the sea there had therapeutic properties. This led to people rushing into the waves hoping that the shock would cure them. All it did was drown a few.

Then in the 19th century it was discovered by European royalty and it became the resort for high society - the queen of beaches, beaches for kings. Napoleon III and his Spanish princess, Eugenie, built a palace there; Queen Victoria and other members of the British royal family enjoyed their holidays there; and Biarritz went through a huge and expensive expansion to accommodate and amuse the rich and famous.

Today the town is battling hard to combat the air of faded elegance that some would say is its charm. Every summer it welcomes its many visitors, but the rich and famous have given way to the simple sun-seeker and the surfer.


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Things to do in Biarritz

Helicopter flights Aerodromes etc
Sandy beaches on coast Beaches
Casino Casinos
Sea Fishing (tuna, surf-casting) Fishing
Golf 18 hole (7 on the map) and Bassussary (3) Golf
GOLF DE BIARRITZ LE PHARE
18 holes 69 par 5376m COASTAL Green fees: 220F - 300F
A beautiful course much appreciated by visitors which provides some challenging holes.

MAKILA GOLF CLUB, Bassussarry, Biarritz
18 holes 72 par 6176m WOODED Green fees: 220F - 300F
4x4 hire Motor Sports
Thermes Spas
Biarritz compte plusieurs établissements de Thalassotherapie.
Surfing Surfing

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Things to see in Biarritz

Russian othodox church Churches
Annual festival with award winning fireworks display Festivals and Fetes
Historical Museum Museums
Photographs, books, costumes and docments on the events, the inhabitants and the history of the town. Open all the year round. Closed Thursdays and Sundays.
Maritime museum and Aquarium Museums
The Aquarium includes examples of sea-life from the Bay of Biscay, while the museum records the maritime life of the town. Open all the year round, and even through the lunch hour during summer - and in the evenings from July 14 to the end of August.
Pelote Basque Pelote Basque
1st Division Rugby Team Rugby
Annual surfing championships (15-22 July) Surfing Championships

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Transport

Airports
Parme-Biarritz, as the airport is known, has regional flights by Air France, and is also served by Ryan Air from London Stansted.
Car Hire
Trains
TGV service

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