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Biarritz

This is the French proving that a city by the sea doesn’t have to compromise its by-the-sea-ness or its city-ness. Great beaches and properly surfable waves on the one hand, coupled with the authentic swagger and buzz of a city that knows and likes what it has to offer. Which is culture, heritage, nightlife, great places to shop, eat, drink and nose around, and beautiful buildings which hark back to when Biarritz was a mid-19th century rich person’s playground. Its art deco aquarium will probably change forever your view of such attractions, and the city’s well connected, too: to Paris via high-speed TGV train, to Spain by about 12 miles of road.