Biarritz is a world renowned surfing, vacation, and cosmopolitan destination. People travel from all around the world to visit this beautiful down in the south western part of France. Equipped with amazing waves, hip restaurants, and stores like Hermès and Luis Vuitton, it's no wonder this Basque town has become a top travel destination. And yet, we wonder if Biarritz is really worth the hype.

Unlike many European villages, Biarritz is sprawling with a wider, more open town plaza. Big hotels sit on the beach with a few small shops trickling in behind.

The views are beautiful, and you can sit at a beach café and have an ice-cold glass of rosé as the sun sets. There is also a central food market, which offers prepared food as well as raw veggies, meat, and cheese.

While I can't speak to the surfing, there were hundreds of surfers riding breaks each day, and the beaches—while not as picturesque as some in France—were flat and sandy and perfect for laying out and getting some sun.

Ultimately, Biarritz is a beautiful city with plenty to offer. I personally think that some of the smaller towns along the coast are more worth your while. People are friendlier, shops and restaurants are smaller, and the streets are less crowded. But don't take my word for it, go and see for yourself!

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