Following the first visit of Napoleon III’s wife, Eugenie, to Biarritz, this modest fishing village could no longer remain hidden. Thanks to its summer therapies, it quickly became a must-see destination for the nobility and elite from across the world.
As well as being famous for its villas, its luxurious hotels and its casino, Biarritz is also the European surfing and windsurfing capital. The strong breaking of waves, its numerous bays and a convivial atmosphere attract surfers of all levels every year who come from all over the world to get started or to measure themselves up against the best during competitions. Biarritz is among the few seaside resorts which have managed to build a bridge between youth culture and high society so well.