But Biarritz features high on a new list of Europe’s most romantic destinations.
Ok, it is true that this stunning resort in French Basque country close to the Spanish border is not top of the list. That honour, perhaps understandably, goes to Venice.
Nor is Biarritz named as the best of the French romantic destinations in Europe, that prize going to Paris instead.
But the French Atlantic surfing resort does come in at a very creditable sixth in the list, just behind London and ahead of places such as Florence, Rome, Budapest, Prague and Vienna.
This list of romantic destination was compiled by European Best Destinations, a Brussels-based travel organisation whose aim is to ‘to promote culture and tourism in Europe … [i]n partnership with the participating tourism offices’.
In its citation the organisation describes Biarritz as the ‘pearl of the Atlantic’ which ‘surfs on a wave of effervescent youth’.
Then it adds: ‘Biarritz offers itself, and offers us, the tonic blast of a region of unselfconscious luxury, the slightest hint of glam rock. Its mild climate and the beauty of its coastline, its curved inlets, punctuated by rocky outcrops, and the great events that it hosts, make Biarritz a destination of enchantment at any time of year.’
Well, I guess we get the idea!
Biarritz certainly won’t be raising any eyebrows or questions about European Best Destinations’ slightly curious disruption of it.
Top ten beach resort, now one of Europe’s most romantic destinations… Biarritz must be doing something right!
Photo of Biarritz: Florian Pépellin /Wiki