Located in the stunning department of Pyrenees-Atlantique in the southwestern region of France, the town of Biarritz is a popular coastal resort town. It is quite large, boasting a population of more than 27,000 people and growing. However, this figure seems to grow much higher, as thousands of people travel to the city for a taste of the sun and surf, among other things.
Biarritz hotels are found throughout the city, and are designed to accommodate short and long staying visitors. Most of the travellers that arrive into the city of Biarritz come via the air, as the city is served by a large international airport which is just a few kilometres away. Trains also make there way to the town on a daily basis, linking it to many other large cities across France and Europe.
Biarritz is home to a wide selection of attractions, many of which have been luring travellers for many years. The information following provides more details about the city’s primary attractions:
- A fantastic place to spend a day, or even an entire holiday in the city of Biarritz is the Grande Plage. However, during the summer months, the beach does get extremely crowded, so getting there early is certainly recommended. For visitors who tend to burn, there are many striped tents (you known those reminiscent of the 1920’s!) for rent.
- Behind the Grande Plage are two magnificent casinos that are not to be missed. Built at the turn of the 20th century, these old but large casinos are a must see, even if sightseers aren’t into the gambling side of things. They are generally located close to many of the Biarritz hotels .
- Once the beaches have been done, and money has been lost in a casino, visitors to the city can start taking in the sites. Of course, one such landmark that offers an intriguing afternoon is the Musee d’Art Oriental Asiatica, or otherwise known as the Asiatica Museum. Tourists can find statues, artwork, historical relics and ornaments from all over the Asian continent, including India, Tibet and China.
- Another popular site worth mentioning is the Museum of the Sea. Boasting plenty of aquariums to explore, this underwater masterpiece is found on the coast of the city. Hundreds of sea creatures can be found in the museum aquarium, in about two dozen large tank environments.
- For those who enjoy architecture, there are several exciting sites to see in Biarritz. The oldest is most probably the St Martin Church, which has been standing in the town since the 12th century.
- The lighthouse, known locally as Phare de Biarritz, is a stunning structure standing over 70 metres in height. For travellers who are physically up to the challenge of walking the many stairs to the top are in for a magnificent treat. Views of the Basque countryside can be seen from the top of the lighthouse. Entrance to the lighthouse is only a few euros, which is definitely great value for money.
- As visitors head towards the Poine Atalaye region of the city, the majestic Virgin of the Rock site can be seen. It is only a few minutes from the centre of town, and includes more than just the white stature of Virgin Mary. After experiencing the monument, take in the views of the surrounding countryside.
- The Russian Orthodox Church is a unique piece of architecture within the town. It is defined by its spectacular dome roof, which stands a magnificent blue colour, and boasts a design that is somewhat different to the other churches that stand in the city.
- Finally, the church the was built for the Empress Eugenie, which is officially called the Church of St Eugenie, is another impressive structure that should be on the itinerary of any tour around the city.
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