Close to the border with northern Spain, there's a Spanish flavour ... budget rooms which are closer to the bar. It's on Rue Gambetta. Or, for something more traditional right in the centre of the Grande Plage, the Hotel Windsor couldn't be more convenient.
Napoléon III and Empress Eugénie put the “ritz” into Biarritz ... 33 559 242122; 1 Rue du Centre; lunch and dinner; mains £12-£14). Le Clos Basque, with its tiles and exposed stonework, could have strayed into France from Spain.
I was only 54 years behind the times in believing Biarritz, queen of the Basque coast ... hotel-du-palais.com; doubles from €435/£374, including breakfast). Airy new hotel in an old house in the trendy market area; garden and parking (30 rue Gambetta.
Our route to Spain took us across the Bay ... restaurants and gift shops and unlike Biarritz, parking is plentiful. With its winding narrow lanes, bars and terraces, the beautiful pedestrian area of Rue Gambetta, a small working fishing port, whitewashed.
Just as surf patterns ebb and flow with the seasons, so too has Biarritz cycled in and out of fashion over the years. The French resort town, about 15 miles up the Atlantic coast from the border with Spain ... (30, rue Gambetta; hotel-silhouette.