Assouline | Biarritz Basque

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On the southern coast of France, there is an idyllic town that has hosted such luminary visitors as Napoléon III and Coco Chanel—yet it’s also a surfer’s paradise. This captivating anomaly is none other than Biarritz. Imagine breathtaking landscapes, a rich cultural tapestry, and the aroma of traditional Basque cuisine lingering in the air. This holiday hot spot, perfectly poised along the Atlantic coast, is your gateway to the villages of Basque Country, treasures like Guéthary, Anglet, Bidart, and Arcangues.

Biarritz exudes an old-world charm, intimately felt on the pelota courts in town and experienced while weaving among the moored wooden fishing boats in Guéthary. Craftsmanship is a time-honored tradition in this region—valuing the handmade process of making makilas and championing the century-old linen producers. Readers might initially come for the waves in Biarritz Basque, but they will stay for the soul.

The Amalfi Coast is the pinnacle of the Italian dream. Tucked amongst the lemon blossoms and the bougainvillea is a line of thirteen towns that comprise the Amalfi Coast. Known for its vertical landscape, the villages are only accessible via the Strada Statale 163 — a narrow, winding, cliffside route that while unsettling to traverse, offers unparalleled views. This magical strip joins the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea below and aesthetes from around the world flock here year after year to enjoy its quaint pebbled beaches, scenic hikes, perfect climate and legendary establishments, which are not limited to storied hotels and restaurants. Landmarks from the Cathedral in Amalfi to Villa Rufolo in Ravello, all evoke the culture and the spirit of bygone centuries, and landmarks enjoyed by the likes of Jacqueline Kennedy, John Steinbeck, and Gore Vidal abound. With its signature limoncello, both grown and enjoyed locally, finest villas and breathtaking vistas, the Amalfi Coast is in a class of its own. 

 

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