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Surfing in Biarritz

By Philippa Burne, UK, August 2012

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Was Napoleon III’s wife the Empress Eugenie a surfer? Is that why, in the mid-19th century, she insisted he develop a royal seaside resort at Biarritz, facing one of Europe’s best surf breaks? On the Bay of Biscay, near where France meets Spain, Biarritz is still a magnet for the wealthy with lovely hotels, expensive shops, fine restaurants and a casino; but it’s also known as the surf capital of Europe and throughout the year the coast road is lined with surfboard topped cars and vans.

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