The Buzz on Biarritz

photograph courtesy of tabernilla
photograph courtesy of tabernilla

For several years now we’ve been hearing a buzz about the rediscovery of Biarritz, the Atlantic coast beach resort town in the southwestern corner of France.

Part of what makes Biarritz so interesting is its history as a tourist spot. Once Napoleon’s holiday destination of choice, Biarritz long ago lost its preeminence as a French beach resort to various Côte d’Azur hotspots. Despite this, it still lures huge numbers of visitors to its upmarket hotels and beaches.

Today, Biarritz is as much a site of faded glamour as it is a huge surfer destination. Among the local surf-oriented establishments, we like the looks of the Natural Surf Lodge, which is located 35km from Biarritz.

We just discovered that Sterling is following fellow low-fare airline Ryanair in flying to the Basque surf town. As of May, Sterling will be jetting from Copenhagen and Oslo to Biarritz. Fares start at €72 one-way from Oslo and €74 one-way from Copenhagen, taxes and fees included.

About the author

Alex Robertson Textor
About the author: Bitten by the travel bug at 11, Alex Robertson Textor has fond childhood memories of ultracheap Spanish hotels (the kind with Styrofoam shelving) and supermarket lunches scarfed on park benches. Formerly an academic, Alex has spent the last several years redirecting his professional life into full-time travel journalism and editing. He has published articles in the New York Times, Guardian Unlimited, Condé Nast Traveler, Arthur Frommer’s Budget Travel, and the San Francisco Bay Guardian, among other publications.
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