CONVENTION VENUE

Set on the beach in Biarritz-Anglet, Belambra is only a short distance from Biarritz town center. Built and designed to represent an Ocean Liner makes it a novelty. It is a Three Star hotel, offering 2 outdoor pools, panoramic views and easy direct access to the beach. Each room is equipped with a flat-screen TV, fridge, and private bathroom. More about Belambra | Slideshow |

Belambra features a buffet restaurant with a terrace, serving regional specialities. Breakfast lunch and dinner are available every day. Free Wi-Fi access is available along with free private parking. Belambra is 6 km from Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport.

 


Belambra Biarritz-Anglet: TripAdvisor Overview Ratings (2018)

Excellent 26%
Very good 46%
Average 16%
Poor 8%
Terrible 4%
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Belambra Anglet-Biarritz website available here

 

BIARRITZ

BIARRITZ is the only surf town in the world with a royal history, is located on the Atlantic coast in the French Basque Country in southwestern France 22 miles from the border with Spain. It is a seaside tourist destination known for the Hôtel du Palais, its casinos, and its surfing culture.

It is a combination of French high culture and SoCal surf culture, putting a decidedly surfy spin on the notion of joie de vivre.
More about Biarritz | Slideshow | Basque mythology, spirituality and religion | Who are the Basques | The Basques & whaling |

 

ANGLET

ANGLET is part of the B.A.B. (Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz), district, neighbouring Biarritz. The sandy coast starts 200 km to the north and ends in Anglet at the Biarritz Lighthouse. Anglet is 10% forested with a coastal reserve. The Adour River (ninth largest port in France) enters the Atlantic Ocean on the northern border of the community. | More about Anglet | Slideshow |

 

 

BIARRITZ offers one of the most attractive seaside saunters in France on a route lined with tamarisks and hydrangeas. It starts at the lighthouse on the high headland and passes France's second-oldest golf course and the Russian Orthodox Church, built for visiting 19th Century nobility.

The famous old promenade along the Grande Plage leads past the Casino Barriere, with a fine art deco ceiling and floor, to the peaceful old square 'Place Ste-Eugenie' and the 'Musée de La Mer' (Museum of the Sea), with its twice-a-day shark-feeding sessions. Biarritz made its fortune from the sea as a whaling settlement from the twelfth century onwards.

In the 18th century doctors recommended that the ocean at Biarritz had therapeutic properties, inspiring patients to make pilgrimages to the beach for alleged cures for their ailments.The Rock of the Virgin, the statue of Madonna, set up to keep local fishermen safe, is accessed over a bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel, of 'Eiffel Tower' fame. 

 
A description and history of Biarritz is available here 
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Check out the Biarritz Tourism website

 

Postcard from Biarritz


At the end of World War II in Europe, the U.S. Army's Information and Educational Branch was ordered to establish an overseas university campus for demobilized American service men and women in Biarritz. Under General Samuel L. McCroskey, the hotels and casinos of Biarritz were converted into quarters, labs, and class spaces for U.S. service personnel.

The University opened 10 August 1945 and around 10,000 students attended an eight-week term. This campus was set up to provide a transition between army life and subsequent attendance at a university in the USA, so students attended for just one term. After three successful terms, the G.I. University closed in March 1946

 

BAYONNE

Bayonne located 10 min from Biarritz and the ocean, is a fortified town of 46,000 traversed by the Nive and Adour rivers which converge in front of the town hall. Located on the northern coast of the Basque country which stretches 35 km along the Atlantic ocean, Bayonne rubs shoulders with famous resort towns like Biarritz, and Anglet, as well as the picturesque inland-Basque villages of Aïnhoa, Sare, Espelette and St Jean Pied de Port. The Basque Country extends into neighbouring Spain where visits to San Sebastián, Hondarribia, Pamplona or Bilbao and its famous Guggenheim Museum can be made.

Bayonne is a 5 hour high-speed train-ride from Paris and Bordeaux is 2 hours away. By road, Pau is 1 hour, Toulouse 3 hours, Madrid 4 hours, and Barcelona hours. Bayonne and neighbouring Anglet and Biarritz are the perfect places to stay and visit the whole of the region. Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne formerly known as ‘the BAB' includes adjoining communities, Boucou and Bidart. Whilst ‘Biarritz, Anglet, Bayonne, Boucou and Bidart’ all comprise the agglomeration community, each is an individually managed municipality.

The knife/sword weapon, the bayonette, mounted on a rifle’s muzzle, and dating back to the 16th century is believed to have been invented/developed by the peasants defending the city of Bayonne against enemies at that time.

 

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BIARRITZ SIGHTS & FEATURES

The Asiatica Museum: a significant collection of Asian art primarily from India, Nepal, Tibet, & China.
The Museum of the Sea: has 24 aquaria containing sharks and seals.
The annual Biarritz Surf Festival: at the Côte des Basques, a premier surf event in Europe
St-Martin's Church: constructed in the 12th century, was restored in the middle of the 16th century.
The Russian Orthodox Church: constructed in the 19th century for visiting Russian aristocrats.
The Chappelle Imperiale: built for Empress Eugenie has an intricately decorated roof interior.
The Hôtel du Palais: a palace on the beach, built for Empress Eugenie.
The Museum of Chocolate: explains the history and manufacture of chocolate.
Two large casinos: the Barrière and the Bellevue, are on the waterfront by the Grande Plage.