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Vacation Rentals in Biarritz
Surf's up on the French coast! While surfing might not seem like the first thing you think of when conjuring images of France, the Basque Coast is actually one of the best surf spots in Europe, and Biarritz is its capital. Discover this city with a vacation home in Biarritz, opening you up to all the possibilities of this southern locale.
Biarritz's History as a Former Fishing Village
Given the vacationers taking full advantage of vacation rentals in Biarritz, you might assume that it has always been a tourist attraction, but you'd be wrong. Guesthouses and other accommodations are commonplace now, but Biarritz got its start as a fishing village. In fact, Biarritz was once a famous whaling town, back in the Middle Ages, and home to a sort of legal pirate known as corsaires after that. Today, Biarritz's economy isn't based quite as much on fishing, but the culture still remains. The Port des Pecheurs is a must-see, with its lovely fishing cottages, and throughout the city you'll find further gastronomic evidence of this element of Biarritz's past. Throughout the Basque region, you'll find a Basque version of tapas known as pintxos, and there's a decidedly maritime flair to much of the cuisine you'll find in Biarritz. Do as the locals do and sample several different small bites from a few different restaurants. Pick your favorites and become a local there during your stay!
Surfing in Biarritz
Apartment rentals in Biarritz are perhaps the best way to discover the city and all it has to offer, at least when it comes to surfing. With a house rental in Biarritz, you're primed to take advantage of the city's beaches: La Grande Plage is the most famous, but others like Milady and Port Vieux might be less crowded. Hollywood screenwriter Peter Viertel was the first one to discover their potential while on location here in the 50s – now, you'll find tons of surf schools and rental places along the coast, so you too can take advantage of this local passion. It's always nice to have a condo to go home to (and a sea-view apartment if you can swing it!) so that you can rinse off after a day at the beach before taking advantage of everything else that Biarritz has to offer.
Biarritz may be a very popular surf spot, but it's also long attracted the rich and the famous as a different but no less luxurious locale far from the pebble beaches of Nice and the Côte d'Azur. Use your holiday to take full advantage of Biarritz's casino, its seafront cafés and its beautiful streets. Biarritz also has a good deal of shopping, so be sure there's space in your apartment rental in Biarritz to store your new Basque wardrobe! That being said, Biarritz is far less expensive than many other locales on the French coast, so you might be able to score a cheap apartment in the center if you plan ahead.