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    Biarritz at a glance

    Biarritz is located on the French Atlantic coast, the Côte des Basques, a little less than 30 kilometers north of the Spanish border. Until the 19th century, it was little more than a small port for whalers, but then Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, discovered the pleasures of the Atlantic and selected Biarritz as her summer residence. Construction of the Villa Eugénie palace on the Grande Plage commenced in 1855, and with it began Biarritz’s transformation into a sophisticated seaside resort. The city experienced its heyday around 1900, as we can still see from the stunning art deco buildings constructed during this period.

    Surfers took over the city’s shores in the 1960s, and the beach has since become a hot spot for Europe’s surfing scene. Popular things to do in Biarritz include pelota – the Basque version of squash – golf and thalasso, a form of therapy using elements from the sea. Taking a stroll along the elegant beaches is an equally popular pastime in Biarritz; in the summer, the shores are lined with the striped beach tents typical of the French Atlantic coast.

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    The waves breaking on the Rocher de la Vierge, with its white statue of the Virgin Mary, is a picturesque scene, the rock formation can be reached via an iron bridge

    Rocher de la Vierge

    Port-Vieux/Port des Pêcheurs
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    This radiant white statue of the Virgin Mary has crowned one of the largest rock formations off the coast of Biarritz since 1865. In 1887, the rock formation was connected to the mainland via an iron bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel. Since then, the Virgin Mary on the rocks has been a popular destination for people strolling the promenade between Port Vieux and Port des Pêcheurs. This Biarritz landmark looks particularly picturesque in the high waves, when the spray reaches the base of the Madonna statue.

    Pointe Saint-Martin

    1 Esplanade Élisabeth II
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Pointe Saint-Martin is a little headland that juts out into the Atlantic just north of the Grande Plage. The lighthouse, which was christened in 1834, shines out over the ocean from this spot. It’s worth the slog up its 248 steps to catch a glimpse of the glorious panorama from its observation deck. There are a number of impressive buildings nearby, including the Villa Etchepherdia – modeled on a Basque farmhouse – and the Villa Cyrano (18, Avenue de L’Impératrice).

    Grande Plage

    Quai de la Grande Plage
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    The beach that stretches from the Hotel du Palais to Bellevue is the Grande Plage, which translates as “large” or “grand” beach in English. During the peak season, traditional striped beach tents line the shore, and surfers flit along the waves at lightning speed. Because of the surfers and the intensity of the waves, swimming here is not for the faint of heart. Of course, you can also sit and observe the action from the safety of the terraces at the glamorous beachside cafés.

    Musée d’Art Asiatica

    14, Rue Guy Petit
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    This private collection consisting of around 100 works is displayed in the house where patron Michel Postel was born. Works from India, Nepal, Tibet and China spanning five centuries, collected starting in the 1950s, make the museum worth a visit for fans of Asian art.

    Les Halles

    11, Rue des Halles
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Opening times:
    Every day: 7:30 am – 2:00 pm
    Additionally, from July 12th to August 23rd: 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

    The indoor markets of Biarritz can easily be considered a tourist attraction in their own right. Every day, you will find a typical French farmers’ market in these buildings, which opened in 1885. Fruit, vegetables, fish, meat, bread, delicacies and snacks are available. An evening market is also held here on Wednesdays in the summertime.

    Planète Musée du Chocolat

    14, Avenue Beaurivage
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Opening times:
    Every day: 10:00 am – 12:30 pm and 2:00 pm – 6:30 pm
    Times may vary by season
    Please check the operator’s website for details

    This hands-on chocolate museum is worth a visit any day, not just when it’s raining. Here, you will learn all the details of cocoa bean farming, as well as how chocolate is produced and processed. The museum shop, a boutique where visitors can purchase confectioneries and fancy chocolates, is particularly popular, of course.

    Musée de la Mer

    Esplanade du Rocher de la Vierge
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Opening times:
    Every day: 9:30 am – 7:00 pm
    Times may vary by season
    Please check the operator’s website for details

    This aquarium is one of the oldest and largest in Europe. It opened in 1933 and underwent a major expansion in 2011. The exhibits cover more than 7,000 square meters and provide insight into the underwater worlds of the Bay of Biscay and the Caribbean, among other regions. The seal and shark tanks are also very popular.

    Cité de l’Océan

    1, Avenue de la Plage
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    This interactive exhibition center opened in 2011 and is less of a botanical/zoological information center and more of an entertainment center with educational value. It offers a 3D movie theater and immersive, interactive exhibits, including life-size models you can walk through. In the City of the Ocean’s “Universes,” you can learn more about how the world’s oceans were created and what threats they face.

    Chapelle Impériale

    Avenue de la Reine Victoria
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    The imperial chapel, commissioned in 1864 by Empress Eugénie, doesn’t seem like much from the outside. However, the grand interior contains an impressive mixture of Byzantine and Moorish elements.

    Grottes d'Isturitz et d'Oxocelhaya

    64640 Saint Martin d’Arberoue
    France
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    Opening times:
    Every day from March to November

    Around 50 kilometers east of Biarritz is the Isturitz system of karst caves, which consist of multiple chambers on different levels. The caves are famous for their radiant white stalagmites and the impressive remnants of the first human settlements, some of which date from as far back as the Paleolithic era. Note: Dogs are not permitted.

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    Country overview

    France is one of the world’s most popular travel destinations. This is partly due to the rich diversity that France offers visitors: Beaches, palaces, the boulevards of Paris, the natural beauty of the Loire Valley and the Alps, the lavender fields of Provence, and of course, the gourmet restaurants and world-class wines.

    Since time immemorial, the city of Paris has been a draw for travelers from around the world, and yet, the city is just one of the many wonderful destinations that France has to offer.

    Geography

    France is the largest country in the EU by surface area. It borders the English Channel (La Manche) to the north, Belgium and Luxembourg to the northeast, and Germany, Switzerland and Italy to the east. France’s southern border is formed by the Mediterranean (and Monaco), its western border by the Atlantic Ocean, and it borders Spain and Andorra to the southwest. The island of Corsica is located in the Mediterranean, north of the Italian island of Sardinia.

    The overseas départements Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guyana, Réunion, and Mayotte also belong to France.

    The diversity of landscapes ranges from the massifs of the Alps and Pyrenees to the river valleys of the Loire, the Saône-Rhône and the Garonne, and to the Côte d’Azur and the flatter regions of Normandy and the Atlantic coast.

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    Population: 66,6 millions (2016)

    Capital: Paris.

    Language

    French is the official language. There are many regional dialects, but these are rapidly declining, with the exception of Basque, which is spoken as a first language by some people in the southwest, and Breton, which is spoken by some in Brittany.

    Currency

    Euro (EUR; symbol €) = 100 cents. Notes are in denominations of €500, 200, 100, 50, 20, 10 and 5. Coins are in denominations of €2 and 1, and 50, 20, 10, 5, 2 and 1 cents.

    Electricity

    220 volts AC, 50Hz. Two-pin plugs are widely used.

    Public Holidays

    Below are listed Public Holidays for the January 2019 – December 2020 period.

    Note

    Not all Public Holidays are observed throughout France.

    2019

    Jour de l’An (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2019
    Vendredi Saint (Good Friday): 19 April 2019
    Pâques (Easter Sunday): 21 April 2019
    Lundi de Pâques (Easter Monday): 22 April 2019
    Fête du Travail (Labour Day): 1 May 2019
    Fête de la Victoire (Victory Day 1945): 8 May 2019
    Ascension (Ascension Day): 30 May 2019
    Pentecôte: (Whitsunday): 9 June 2019
    Lundi de Pentecôte (Whitmonday): 10 June 2019
    Fête Nationale de la France (Republic Day): 14 July 2019
    Assomption (Assumption Day): 15 August 2019
    Toussaint (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2019
    Armistice 1918 (Armistice Day 1918):
    11 November 2019
    Noël (Christmas Day): 25 December 2019

    2020

    Jour de l’An (New Year’s Day): 1 January 2020
    Vendredi Saint (Good Friday): 10 April 2020
    Pâques (Easter Sunday): 12 April 2020
    Lundi de Pâques (Easter Monday): 13 April 2020
    Fête du Travail (Labour Day): 1 May 2020
    Fête de la Victoire (Victory Day 1945): 8 May 2020
    Ascension (Ascension Day): 21 May 2020
    Pentecôte: (Whitsunday): 31 May 2020
    Lundi de Pentecôte (Whitmonday): 1 June 2020
    Fête Nationale de la France (Republic Day): 14 July 2020
    Assomption (Assumption Day): 15 August 2020
    Toussaint (All Saints’ Day): 1 November 2020
    Armistice 1918 (Armistice Day 1918):
    11 November 2020
    Noël (Christmas Day): 25 December 2020

    All information subject to change.

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    Hang loose in French California

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    In Biarritz, it’s as natural to see someone carrying an expensive purse under their arm as it is a surfboard. The chic seaside resort in the southwest of France was once the summer retreat of the European nobility, and to this day, magnificent palaces and villas still bear witness to that glittering era.

    In the 1950s, a film crew from California brought over the first surfboards and plunged with them into the perfect wave, making Biarritz the cradle of European surfing; it is still its epicenter today.

    Here are some of the best insider addresses, where you’ll find you can do just as the surfers’ motto recommends: Hang loose.

    The Shaper House

    61 Avenue du Maréchal Juin
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Only with a custom board the perfect ride is guaranteed: The Shaper House is where DIY surfers get together. The store’s young owners, Franck, Sylvain and Baptiste, offer courses, machines, materials and workspaces for everyone keen to craft the ultimate surfboard for themselves. The demand is huge. The shapers work in glass cabins, which let you take a look over their shoulders. In the adjoining café and barbershop, surfers discuss which will be the best surf spots in the next few days while having their beards trimmed.

    Etxola Bibi

    Square Jean Baptiste Lassalle
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    There’s no better spot for a sundowner in hot weather. The Etxola Bibi is simply the Basque for “cabin on the beautiful shore ” – and that’s what it is: a smart shack with beer garden tables and nearby pétanque pitches where everyone meets up or plays boule during the season. From the tapas to the wines and sangria, France seems pretty Spanish here. There’s always a gentle breeze blowing high above the Côte des Basques, and from up there, you can enjoy the best panoramic views, watch the surfers in the water and the sun set on the horizon.

    Crampotte 30

    30 Allée Port des Pêcheurs
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Small but inviting: The Crampotte 30 occupies one of the pretty fishermen’s cottages in the old harbor of Biarritz. This simple, but amazingly snug wine and tapas bar with its old wine barrels converted into tables, regularly has DJs manning its turntables, playing everything from surf sounds to electro. A delightfully laid-back, authentic place with local products and food as well as an excellent selection of wines. Don’t miss the chance to sample the very dry, slightly sparkling Basque wine Txakoli.

    Heteroclito

    Chemin de la Plage
    64210 Guéthary
    France
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    Oysters, seafood and fish are among the specialties this restaurant serves during the season to the elegant clientele of Guéthary, the discreet celebrity refuge south of Biarritz. They include writer Frédéric Beigbeder and actor Vincent Cassel. Madonna is also said to have spent a vacation in the tiny village with its typical red-and-white half-timbered buildings. This is an excellent place to enjoy an excellent meal as you watch surfers ride the waves with your own feet all but in the water.

    The Beach House

    26 Avenue des Dauphins
    64600 Anglet
    France
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    Time for some après-plage? Then it’s time to head for the surfer hotspot Anglet. The Beach House there is a lounge, restaurant and beach club all rolled into one. If the waves look too high and the beach too sandy, you can always take a refreshing dip in the beautiful pool here or laze on a large sunbed without a single grain of sand to spoil your comfort. On cooler evenings, campfires provide warmth out of doors while a fine blaze in the hearth awaits you indoors. The restaurant serves fusion food with Spanish, French and Asian influences.

    Milwaukee Café

    2 Rue du Helder
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Breakfast and brunch California-style – with avocado toast, poached eggs, burgers and pancakes, not forgetting vegan cakes and detox juices. The Milwaukee Café owes its confusingly American name to its boss, Wendi, who hails from the city of that name. Milwaukee was also where she met her husband, a professional pelota player – pelota is a kind of Basque variation on squash. She followed him to Biarritz and has been running her California-inspired coffee shop there since 2011. The tattooed baristas behind the counter complete the picture – and of course, they are all surfers, as well.

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    Learn to surf in Biarritz

    Jo Moraiz (1930-1999) founded France’s first surf school on the Côte des Basques in 1966. Shortly before, the internationally successful water sportsman had already opened the first surf shop on the coast – and it’s still going strong today. Other schools may have sprung up since, but Moraiz’ is still the best, if only for the surf anecdotes that come with the lessons here. Since 1999, Moraiz’ son Christophe has been running the school, which offers single lessons and weekly courses.

    Plage de la Côte des Basques
    Boulevard du Prince de Galles
    64200 Biarritz
    France

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    Restaurants in Biarritz

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    You will find a diverse and extensive range of restaurants in Biarritz. In addition to traditional French dishes, many of them offer Spanish and Basque specialties such as tapas and pintxos, a somewhat more elaborate form of the little snacks, as well as flavorful, air-dried Bayonne ham.

    Fish and other types of seafood are also very popular. There are many restaurants near Place Clemenceau and Vieux Port. The closer you get to the beaches, the higher the density of bars and cafés. They generally have terraces with an ocean view.

    L’Impertinent

    5, Rue d’Alsace
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Luxurious

    In 2009, Michelin star chef Fabian Feldmann moved from Heroldsberg, Bavaria, to his wife Sarah’s native Basque country in France; the two of them have managed “L’Impertinent” since 2012. The name of the restaurant translates to “bold” – a term that also perfectly describes Fabian’s creations, as well as Sarah’s sculptures that decorate the interior.

    Brikéténia

    Rue de l’Église
    64210 Guéthary
    France
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    Category: Luxurious

    For generations, the Ibarboure family has been managing this hotel and restaurant in a former post house on the road from Biarritz to Saint-Jean-de-Luz. The restaurant offers traditional Basque cuisine, Michelin-starred for over 20 years and served in an elegant interior or on the terrace with a mountain view.

    Auberge 22

    22, Rue Harispe
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    House specialties include homemade rillettes and spareribs grilled over a wood fire. Desserts such as mille-feuille, an elaborate cake made of many layers of puff pastry and served with strawberries or chocolate, are also very popular. The restaurant is near the beach, just north of Place Beau Rivage.

    Miremont Clemenceau

    1 bis, Place Clemenceau
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    The Salon de Thé at Restaurant Miremont is considered the city’s top spot for sweets and pastries. The art nouveau interior is wonderfully preserved and complemented by elegant glass display cases and sparkling chandeliers.

    Le Bar de la Plage

    29, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    Light meals are served here during the day, and at night, the location transforms into a bar where DJs spin records. The original cocktail menu is worth a look at any time of day. The bar is open from Thursday to Sunday.

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    Hotels in Biarritz

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    Biarritz’s golden age as a seaside resort was in the late 19th century, when vacationing on the Atlantic coast was all the rage among European nobility.

    The city still considers itself a sophisticated coastal resort, but with the arrival of the surfers in the 1960s came a range of lower-priced hotels, as well.

    Hôtel du Palais

    1, Avenue de l’Impératrice
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Luxurious

    This palace was once Empress Eugénie’s summer residence, known back then as Villa Eugénie. Today, hotel guests enjoy unparalleled luxury and the best views in the city.

    Hôtel Château du Clair de Lune

    48, Avenue Alan Seeger
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Luxurious

    This small palace is located approximately four kilometers south of Biarritz, ensconced in a beautiful park. The rooms in the hunting pavilion are particularly comfortable and attractive.

    Hôtel Au Bon Coin

    5, Rue de de la Cité
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    This little boutique hotel is located about a five-minute walk from the Grande Plage. It’s popular among athletes, as it offers guests the option of securely storing their surfboards and bicycles.

    Hôtel La Maison Garnier

    29 Rue Gambetta
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Moderate

    With just seven rooms available, Hotel Garnier offers a cozy, familiar atmosphere. Guests often meet down in the lounge around the fireplace in the evenings.

    Hôtel Le Saphir

    3 Rue Gaston Larre
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Category: Budget

    This hotel is located in the city center, approximately 200 meters from Port Vieux. The rooms are bright and modestly furnished. The Saphir is the perfect hotel for both families and surfers.

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    Nightlife in Biarritz

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    Biarritz is both an elegant beachside resort and a surfing hot spot, and the city accordingly offers two very different types of nightlife. There is the elegant casino and a string of upscale bars,

    but the beaches, Port Vieux, and the streets around Place Clemenceau offer numerous bistros, bars, and clubs with a relaxed atmosphere.

    Casino Municipal

    1, Avenue Edouard VII
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    The casino is housed in a beautiful fin-de-siècle building. You can try your luck at the gambling tables and machines, or head to the bar to see and be seen!

    Etxola Bibi

    Square Jean Baptiste Lassalle
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    This bar directly on the beach is very popular among surfers. It serves beer and paninis in a relaxed atmosphere.

    Carré Coast

    7, Boulevard du Général de Gaulle
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    Guest DJs from all over the world rock this trendy nightclub on the beach promenade. Open daily in the summertime, it draws a cool, young crowd to the dance floor and many non-surfers to the lounge.

    Bar Jean

    5, Rue des Halles
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    This little bar next to the indoor markets serves tapas to a mainly younger crowd. In summer, guests often simply sit out on the street.

    Eden Rock Café

    Esplanade du Port Vieux
    64200 Biarritz
    France
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    The main reason to go to this bar, up in the cliffs above the beach at Port Vieux, is to enjoy the unforgettable views. The panorama is at its most beautiful at sunset.

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    Biarritz Quiksilver Maïder Arostéguy

    April 2020

    Location: Grande Plage

    Biarritz hosts a whole series of surfing competitions, one of which is the annual Quiksilver Maïder Arostéguy. The competition is named in memory of a well-known citizen of Biarritz.

    Festival des Arts de la Rue

    June 8 – 10, 2019

    Location: Downtown Biarritz

    You will find every kind of outdoor art at this street art festival: street theater, pantomime and fire swallowers alongside fun and exciting shows for kids.

    Fête de la musique

    June 21, 2019

    Location: Downtown Biarritz

    As in many European cities, this music festival takes place every year on the first day of summer, June 21st, in Biarritz. The idea originated in France. Amateurs and professional musicians alike perform here, and the events are usually free.

    Bastille Day

    July 14, 2019

    Location: All over Biarritz

    The French national holiday, Bastille Day, is marked by an enormous fireworks display at Rocher du Basta at 11:00 pm. It’s a first-rate pyrotechnical spectacle that lasts for more than 20 incredible minutes.

    Le Temps d’Aimer

    September 2019

    Location: Various event locations throughout Biarritz

    The Le Temps d’Aimer dance festival invites solo artists and dance troupes from around the world to Biarritz. They perform modern and traditional forms of dance, as well as experimental choreography.

    All information subject to change. Please check the dates on the relevant event organizer’s website.

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    Phone calls & Internet

    Telephone
    Country code: +33

    Mobile telephony and Internet
    Since June 2017, EU citizens traveling within the EU, and also in Iceland, Norway and Liechtenstein have been able to use their cell phones and surf the Net without incurring any extra charges: In other words, customers pay the same price for phone calls, text messages and data volume as they do at home. Restrictions do apply to the constant use of SIM cards abroad, however, and caps may be set on data packages. For full details, contact your mobile telephony provider in your country. Travelers using a SIM card from a non-EU state do not benefit from the new arrangement.

    Free Internet access via Wi-Fi is possible in many busy tourist spots. When using public Wi-Fi networks, it is a wise precaution to ensure encryption of all passwords, credit card details and banking credentials entered. Use of a VPN app or security software to check the safety of a hotspot is recommended.

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    Shopping in Biarritz

    Key Areas

    In the city center, you can stroll from Place Clemenceau to Port Vieux, past the indoor markets and through Quartier Saint Charles. You will find boutiques offering fashion and gourmet foods, vintage clothing, and furniture here. The Maison Arostéguy (arosteguy.com, house number 5) delicatessen on Avenue Victor Hugo is an excellent place to find spices and Basque specialties, and the Mille et un Fromages (house number 8) cheese shop is also worth a visit. Chocolates and sweets are available in a number of shops, including Chocolaterie Daranatz (daranatz.com; 12, Avenue Foch) and the boutique at the Planète Musée du Chocolat (portail-du-chocolat.fr; 14, Avenue Beau Rivage) chocolate museum. You will find the widest selection of surfing accessories and clothing in the shops along the Grande Plage and Port Vieux.

    Markets

    The Les Halles indoor markets (Rue des Halles, open from 7:00 am to 2:00 pm, and also from 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm in July and August) are the perfect place to buy groceries, Basque delicacies and souvenirs. During the summer holidays (July/August), an evening market is also held at Les Halles and on the surrounding streets.

    Shopping center

    The French department store chain Galeries Lafayette has a branch at Place Clemenceau. There are a number of Carrefour supermarkets (carrefour.fr) in the city. If you head toward the airport/Anglet, you will find BAB2 (bab2.com; Avenue Jean-Léon Laporte), which features 120 boutiques and restaurants. The large Centre Commercial Ametzondo (ametzondoshopping.com; 2-3, Avenue du Portou) is located along the A63 heading toward Bayonne, near Saint Pierre d’Irube.

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    Climate & best time to visit France

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    France has a temperate climate in the north; northeastern areas have a more continental climate with warm summers and colder winters. Rainfall is distributed throughout the year with some snow likely in winter. The Jura Mountains have an alpine climate. Lorraine, sheltered by bordering hills, has a relatively mild climate. There’s a Mediterranean climate in the south; mountainous areas are cooler with heavy snow in winter.

    The Atlantic influences the climate of the western coastal areas from the Loire to the Basque region where the weather is temperate and relatively mild with rainfall throughout the year. Summers can be very hot and sunny – sunburn can be a risk if you’re unprepared. Inland areas are mild and the French slopes of the Pyrenees are renowned for their sunshine record. A Mediterranean climate exists on the Riviera, and in Provence and Roussillon. Weather in the French Alps is variable. Continental weather is present in Auvergne, Burgundy and the Rhône Valley. Very strong winds (such as the Mistral) can occur throughout the entire region.

    Climatic variations – and in particular the long summer holiday period – mean that mainstream tourism in France peaks in July and August. If you’re visiting the country at this time, prepare to face higher-than-usual demand at major sights, attractions and coastal resorts. There’s likely to be plenty of queuing involved – some roads may even get clogged at particularly busy times.

    By contrast, visiting during the low season – from October through to February or March – is not only far quieter, it also sees a drop in costs. This doesn’t apply to ski resorts, of course, which see peak demand over the winter months.

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    Visa & Immigration

    IATA Travel Centre

    The IATA Travel Centre delivers accurate passport, visa and health requirement information at a glance. It is a trusted, centralized source for the latest international travel requirements. The IATA Travel Centre is the most accurate source available because it is based on a comprehensive database used by virtually every airline, and information is gathered from official sources worldwide, such as immigration and police authorities.

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    Traveller etiquette

    Social Conventions

    Shaking hands and, more familiarly, kissing both cheeks, are the usual forms of greeting. The form of personal address is simply Monsieur or Madame without a surname and it may take time to get on first-name terms. At more formal dinners, it is the most important guest or host who gives the signal to start eating. Mealtimes are often a long, leisurely experience. Casual wear is common.

    Social functions, some clubs, casinos and exclusive restaurants warrant more formal attire. Evening wear is normally specified where required. Topless sunbathing is tolerated on most beaches but naturism is restricted to certain beaches – local tourist offices will advise where these are. A smoking ban for workplaces and public spaces has been in place since February 2007.

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    Health

    Main emergency number: 112

    Food & Drink

    This being France, the only real problems posed by the local food and drink are mild stomach complaints resulting from overindulgence. Tap water is safe to drink (although you’ll find a huge amount of bottled water for sale too) and cooked food, assuming it’s come from a hygienic kitchen, is certainly no more risky to consume than that of any developed country. Some travellers steer clear of unpasteurised dairy products due to a perceived risk of disease, while others laud the same products for their perceived health benefits. If you’re at all unsure, it’s probably best to stick to what you’re used to.

    Other Risks

    Visitors to forested areas should consider vaccination for tick-borne encephalitis. There was an outbreak of canine rabies in 2008. For those at high risk, vaccination before arrival should be considered. If you are bitten, seek medical advice without delay.

    Isolated cases of dengue fever have been reported in southern France. Taking appropriate measures to protect yourself from insect bites is recommended.

    Travel to French overseas départements also carries the risk of other illnesses such as malaria or yellow fever. Consequently, before traveling to these regions, you should consult your doctor.

    In more universal terms, sunburn is perhaps the most common complaint among visitors to France, particularly over the summer months – temperatures are generally higher in the south but it’s wise to be cautious across the country. The usual precautions apply: use a generous amount of sunscreen and be sensible about how long you spend in direct sunlight. Be aware that a breezy day can sometimes mask high temperatures.

    If walking over a long distance in warm weather, it’s advisable to drink – and carry – plenty of water and wear appropriate clothing, including a sun hat. Blisters can be another problem for hikers. These can often occur if new walking shoes are being worn across a long distance. Ideally footwear should be worn in before the trip.

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