Biarritz was our second stop on our 4 part Europe trip back in June and I found it convenient to post these photos on #ThrowbackThursday. I told you my thoughts about Paris in my previous post, Paris in a nutshell, but let me tell you, Biarritz — and the entire Basque Coast — has a dear place in my heart. From the moment we got off the plane and smelled the coastal French air, I felt like I was home.
Let’s start with our absolutely WICKED AirBnB. This little loft is the epitomy of what this vacation rental website is all about. The girl who rented to us (we never met her) said she was inspired to run an AirBnB that was true to the locale but yet having all the crucial amenities one needs and appreciates when travelling. She nailed it. You can see her listing in Biarritz on AirBnB here.
We only had a few days to spend so we didn’t waste much time in our comfy temporary home. We set out and wandered the windy streets towards the ocean — no GPS necessary.
Although the day was cool, the main beach was packed with locals and Parisians on vacation. I can’t imagine how packed this would be in peak season.Wandering through the streets was one of my favourite things to do here. It’s not big enough to get completely lost in, but it’s still a great place to explore.
Just when we thought we went too far and were about to turn around, we decided to go around one last bend just to see — and thank goodness we did because there lied the beach that stole our hearts, La Côte des Basques.This massive stretch of beach is famous for surfing (Biarritz is where surfing was initially introduced to France in the 1950s).
And there is probably the coolest restaurant ever aptly named ‘Le Surfing’ with amazing eats and even better drinks, people and view.There happened to be a motorcycle festival happening when we were there called Wheels & Waves which is for surfers who ride motorcycles… I know a lot of girls that would melt for that.We also found a very cool swimming cove right down the street from our flat. There are so many cool spots here!Biarritz was pure magic and extremely refreshing after hot, sweaty, busy and smokey Paris. We essentially lived on the surfing beach for our few days there and really didn’t want to leave. However, we met a young couple (Australian and Estonian) that told us our next stop will blow our minds even more — San Sebastian.