tha main beach
I have to warn you about biarritz:ok,the beach is very beautiful, the water is very cold,compared to the mediterranean sea;besides,it is a very small town,everything is dead at 7pm,except in summer,when it is not raining... I live in biarritz because unfortunately my job is here;I really dislike this city which is so incredibly snobbish
The Biarritz legend
At this faraway time, the coast that had to become the one of the Basques and Biarritz was a sad extent and depopulated. Biarritz is a poor village that hardly lives the product of the fishing; of the dunes covered with dry herbs and charred, often bordering an ocean furious that beat an inaccessible and dangerous coast.
Also on these clayey cliffs lived a few hundreds of men and women, of race euscarienne, of particular religion, expressing itself/themselves in a mysterious language. In this village, lived a beautiful girl, Miarritze, that had one night a strange dream,: the Yahvé god appeared to him and promised him to send on the abandoned territory Martin's soul, his/her/its servant. The one would appear here under shape of a bird to the colorful feather that would carry in his/her/its beak a fish with the scales of gold, symbol of wealth and the good to be that naîtraientt on this coast.
The girl's speech succeeds in convincing the inhabitants that marked a marvelous passereau some days later, in fact a Kingfisher. This event, on the encouragements of Miarritze, pushed the inhabitants to construct some crafts to face the sea. They got involved in the adventure of the fishing, in particular of the whales who frolicked, numerous, to the large.
One day of big storm, Miarritze, standing on the strike, observes the efforts of a boat of fishers that tempt to win the beach, before being stranded. She helps them and welcome them at home. These are sailors come from Gascogne, of the Biarrinses or pacific men but harden, fishers and aware navigators. She/it will marry their chief. Of their union and the one of the two names the city will be born.
The etymology, it, ignores the legend and wants that the name of the city comes from Bearrids and Beiarrids, of " beder " or " to see ", that is to say " the place from where one sees ".
Port des Pecheurs
- 'sinners port' coast of the Bay of Biscayne / Golfe de Gascogne
in the distance, the Phare de la Pointe Saint Martin (lighthouse)
- constructed 1830-32
- architect: M. Viennois
- height: 44.2 meters / 145 feet, overall 79.2 meters / 260 feet above sea level
- electrified: 1953
"Aux Morts Pour La France"
- monument to those from Biarritz who died for France during the First & Second World Wars
"Cotte des Basques"
- ‘coat of the Basques’, Bay of Biscayne / Golfe de Gascogne surfing area
"Rocher de la Vierge"
- the Biarritz icon, ‘rock of the virgin’ legend has it, she directed lost fishermen to Port Vieux
constructed: 1865 opening bored, statue and wooden bridge installed. In 1887 the bridge was replace with steel bridge by Gustav Eiffel
"Gare du Midi"
- former train station
architect: Adolphe Dervaux (1871-1945)
current use: Palais des Festivals, convention center and home to Ballet Biarritz, since 1991