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Once frequented by stars and royalty, Biarritz's glamour has dulled somewhat over the last few decades. Nevertheless, this faded gem on the Bay of Biscay has begun to rejuvenate itself and is now a magnet for surfers and an appealing destination for those looking for a relaxing city-break. Sitting at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains and a stone's throw from Spain, you can enjoy fresh air and warm climes here while exploring the city's charming pedestrianised streets and indulging in the Basque Country cuisine, said to be some of the best food in Europe. Discover the maritime artefacts and sea creatures at the Museum of the Sea. Learn how to ride the waves at one of nine surf camps or relax on the shores of Mouriscot Lake which is close to the hostel. Every July, the city plays host to Biarritz Surf Festival, attracting professional and amateur surfers alike.