Glamorous, gorgeous and golden are 3 words that perfectly summarise the imperial splendour of Biarritz; this coastal city is renowned for dazzling decadence, crashing waves and a cosmopolitan architectural array. The city’s international location on the French and Spanish border means it enjoys a cultural amalgamation of French, Spanish and Basque traditions; the cuisine, architecture and dialect are testament to this interesting assortment and only serves to enrich the beguiling city of Biarritz.
The golden sands and dramatic waves of the Grande Plage beach provide picturesque vistas and a convivial coastal atmosphere. Watch surfers ride enormous, curling waves before admiring the towering structure of town’s Lighthouse, a beacon of hope perched precariously on the rugged rocks. The beach enjoys the regal backdrop of the Hotel du Palais, an architectural expression of affluence and artistry; formerly the summer mansion of Napoleon 3rd, the hotel has enticed many famous guests in the past. Enjoy a serene stroll out to the Rock of the Virgin, an unostentatious monument erected upon a majestic rock to ensure the safe return of sailors.
Those with a sweet tooth will delight in Biarritz’s indulgent Chocolate Museum; peruse chocolate memorabilia before discovering secret recipes and savouring samples of the world’s most popular delicacy. Housed within one of Biarritz’s modern architectural marvels is the City de la Ocean, a maritime museum that overlooks the sea to which it is dedicated; in 12 exceptional exhibitions, the scientific secrets of the sea are revealed in a unique and captivating manner.
Avant garde artistry is the creative foundation of Philippe Restaurant, an exquisite eatery in which contemporary culture and cuisine are combined; the interior design is dynamic and dazzling while the food is guaranteed to seduce and surprise the senses with its fusion flavour and artistic presentation. Signature dishes include veal roasted with cumin carrots, squid ink risotto and hake with hazelnut butter. Enjoy this cultural and culinary odyssey while enjoying ocean vistas from the trendy terrace.