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Biarritz by Eurostar
Biarritz is a beautiful city that lies on the Bay of Biscay on the Atlantic coast in the south-western France. Many tourist and suffers enjoy visiting this coastal city.
Biarritz has a rich history that begins with the settlement of Vikings who invaded Gascony in 840. Next, a group of Scandinavians settled the area. Most of the history of Biarritz has cantered around the sea from whaling in the twelfth century and on. In the early eighteen hundreds, doctors began to push the healthy properties of the sea. Many people began to make the long trek to this seaside to get cures to ailments.
The city became well known in 1854 when the wife of Napoleon built a home (palace) on the beach of this sea. The palace eventually became known as the Hotel du Palais. The palace was regularly used by the British Royal Family for vacations. Queen Victoria, King Alfonso XIII and King Edward VII were all guests of this palace.
In 1901 The Biarritz's casino opened and added to the beaches ability to attract tourist to the city. The Prince of Wales and his American divorcee spent a great deal of time in this area. He would often order his people to get the pearls and Bugatti ready. Many jet-setters would enjoy this spot for many decades to come.
Travel to Biarritz by Eurostar
The historic city of Biarritz can be easily accessed with the Eurostar London Biarritz Train. A very convenient journey is available that will be stress free when you use the Eurostar Train, a high-speed passenger train. This train connects the people of London to Paris, Brussels, Lille and other great destinations of Europe. While you might have to spend a little more on the Eurostar train journey compared to cheaper flights and ferries, one will have access to 186 mph runs that are punctual and have excellent on-board facilities. It is easy to access Biarritz with Eurostar's one ticket price that is made possible because of its connection with other UK train companies.
Eglise St-Martin is an example of one of the few symbols of the port's previous success. This church was constructed in the early eleven hundreds and was eventually restored in 1541 with a flamboyant Gothic style. The church is located in the centre of the city. The Hotel du Palais was at one time the palace built by the empress, wife of Napoleon. Many of the British Royalty spent time vacationing here during the summers. Queen Hortense and her two daughters fell in love with this area and ordered the construction of this palace. At one time this building was referred to as the empress’s folly. Even if you do not stay at this hotel, you can visit the public rooms and enjoy the opulence of the palatial trappings.
Eglise Orthodoxe Russe was built in 1892 to give aristocrats a place to worship. This Byzantine-Russian landmark provided people with a place to enjoy caviar, prostitutes, and champagne. This building has a beautiful gilded dome that is painted the colour of a blue sunny sky. Quai de la Grande Plage is a unique walkway that is located near the Hotel du Palais. You can walk this walkway in about three hours.
Place Ste-Eugenie is the grandest area of Biarritz. It is surrounded on one side by restaurants and the other side by places to meet socially. Below this area is the Port des Pecheurs is an area of fishing boats. You can enjoy the wooden house and shacks built in front of a cliff. It is a great place to see authentic lobster traps.
Musee de la Mer is a great place to see aquatic life that is stored in twenty-four aquariums. There is a show of the seals each day. Sharks can be seen and fed several times a week at this location. This attraction is a great place for children to learn more about the fish that are native to the sea nearby.
La Chapelle Imperiale is a prime example of the architecture that was popular with the Empress Eugenie. It was built in 1864 and has examples of the many different styles popular with the empress. It is a good example of Hispano, Moorish, Romanesque, and Byzantine styles.
The Asiatica Museum displays artwork from many artists in India, China, Nepal, and Tibel.
Nightlife in Biarritz
For those who enjoy watching people having a great time, the docks around the piers are a great place to go. A number of restaurants and nightclubs are located in this area.
Famous Nightclubs in Biarritz
Le Casino Municipal
Le Play Boy
Disco Le Caveau
Le Carre Coast
Ours Blancs Christmas Swim takes place each year. Brave swimmers take an ice cold swim every Christmas on the beaches of Biarritz. The Biarritz Dance Festival takes place each year in September and allows from every field to compete. Some of the dancing includes ballet and break-dancing.
Easter Egg Hunts and Cavalcade takes place each Easter and allows children to collect eggs from the park. Stalls are often set up on street corners to sell omelettes and chocolate hunts. Nuits de Feux Summer Fireworks takes place on certain nights throughout July and August. Enjoy the fireworks and exploding colours during this unique event. Hotels in Biarritz
There are many hotels available for those who plan to enjoy Biarritz. The hotels range from economy to high end prices. One of the most popular and hard to book hotels is the tourist attractions and hotel, Hotel du Palais. This particular hotel has been the site for royalty for over a century. It is located with views of the sea and beachfront. Spacious bathrooms, tubs, and showers are just a few of the amenities available. This hotel has views of the sunset unlike any other you might have seen before. It has a number of restaurants and playgrounds for the children.
Popular Hotels in Biarritz
Chateau de Brindos
Hotel du Palais
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