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★ Biarritz, The Basque Coast, South West France

Published September 15th, 2012

Biarritz is one of the principal resorts on the Basque Coast and the most famous part of the Basque country...



Biarritz came to fame in the mid 19th Century, when Empress Eugenie (the wife of Napoleon III) fell in love with this part of the Basque country and built a Palace on the beach at Biarritz (which is now the world class Hotel du Palais) and a centre with natural springs at Eugenie les Bains in the Landes.
Eugenie invited foreign royalty to stay with their entourages and courtiers; Queen Victoria of Britain, who came regularly over a period of 30 years, and sundry Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Russian nobility.
The Russians built their own magnificent Orthodox Church next to the Palace.



The principle architecture in Biarritz was not typically Basque, but rather a blend of 19th century city residences, large and expansive, made of local stone bricks. If you bought one of these houses now, you would probably find titles such as the Prince, Duke, Baron, Marquee etc. on the title deeds.
Biarritz has a lot more than beautiful buildings to offer today.



It's a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches, golf courses and numerous sporting facilities, not forgetting the surf.
Surfing started in France here in Biarritz in 1957 and surfers come from all over the world to ride the waves.

★ The Pyrenees Atlantiques department in south west France ~ Karim SAARI ©

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★ Biarritz, la villa Belza ~ Karim SAARI ©

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★ Biarritz, le rocher de la vierge ~ Karim SAARI ©

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★ Côte basque, les plages d'Anglet ~ Karim SAARI ©

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  • August 4th, 2012
  • Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • 15mm / f/9 / 1/200 sec

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Loïc Auffray  over 2 years ago
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Great job !!!!!
Just a regret on "The Pyrenees Atlantiques department in south west France" the shadow on the right corner on the bottom. The shadow catches the eye. However, it is a nice shot. Very well built
Very good job