Let's begin our journey at its southernmost point, Biarritz. Known for its thriving surf scene, therapeutic waters and famous beaches, Biarritz offers visitors a unique atmosphere. This is a place where posh restaurants and spas live harmoniously side-by-side with laid-back pizza joints and surf shops.
This interesting contrast forms part of Biarritz’s identity. At La Cote des Basques bay, the cliffs tower up to the coastal strip and the foaming waves crash rhythmically onto the beach. Hundreds of tiny black dots can be spotted bobbing around the sea, these are surfers of all ages, young and old, locals and tourists, experienced and beginners. The town itself is renowned for its beautiful turn-of-the-century charm, combined with its specialist cheese shops, grocers, patisseries and incredible chocolate shops.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth, the Chocolate museum is certainly worth a visit. Families are attracted to the lovely sandy beaches bordering the town, and its closeness to the Pyrénées gives the town a winter appeal, with skiing a close by option.
Top Tip - The evenings in Biarritz are picturesque; one of the best places to catch the sunset is the Lighthouse which is set upon a cliff right next to the water. You’ll need to climb 248 steps to reach the top, but it's well worth it!