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Skipping Biarritz is a mortal sin!!!

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Flew into Biarritz airport today and staying in the heart of Biarritz before starting our walk. THIS PLACE IS STUNNING!!!! Shame on all of you who rave from the airport to the bus station to SJPdP!!! And yes, I realize that time is limited, but I also realize that WHERE you start can be changed and I highly recommend you spend a day in beautiful Biarritz. Beach, surfing, mussels and fries, etc. — it’s really an amazing town.
 

Tigs67

New Member
Camino(s) past & future
Starting the Camino de santiago on the 11th of April 2019
I’m currently doing the Camino and finishing Friday staying in biarrits Saturday and Sunday before my flight home Monday, any recommendations on what to do and where to stay ?
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
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2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Hotel Le Saphir is a simple but quaint place in the middle of the town, an easy walk to the three main beaches, Norte Dame church, and most of the restaurants. Biarritz offers little more than great food, drink, and killer ocean views...everything you need post-Camino as well as pre-Camino (and daily!) Plenty of hotels right on the water, too. Booking.com or similar shows them all.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
As for why a “mortal sin”? It’s a blasphemy against God to not appreciate the beauty of his creation manifested as such as a place as the southern French coastline! (Plus don’t forget that Eastern Orthodoxy defines that term differently than Roman Catholicism....). Buen Camino! 👍
 

t2andreo

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Just ask BIarritzDon. He lived there for some years and still owns a small flat in town... Long story, but he DOES have skin in the game...

I visited there in 2014 and stayed several days at his place. BIarritz is definitely worthy of a visit. Not on a Camino per se, it is adjacent to the train station at Bayonne, from which you can easily get to St. Jean Pied de Port. It is also just over the border from Irun, gateway to the Camino del Norte.
 

MickMac

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July 2019
I have visited Biarritz every year since my first Camino 2013. It has a fantastic atmosphere and relaxed feeling.

Staying in July again started using Airbnb it gives you more freedom and is reasonable for longer stays .

I fully agree with Vacajoe I would not commit a mortal sin and have it on my spotless record so far , open those pearly gates I am on my final Camino. .😇
 

biarritzdon

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I’m currently doing the Camino and finishing Friday staying in biarrits Saturday and Sunday before my flight home Monday, any recommendations on what to do and where to stay ?
Some of the best tapas bars on the Basque Coast are located around the marche, so are some of the friendliest bars in the world. There is a breathtaking oudoor bar a little south of the marche which once was called, Cents Marches for the 100+ steps it sits above the beach, it is great place for sunset. Many fine restaurants but my plug would be for Tantina de Burgos, fantastic grilled seafood and steaks and don't miss the chiperon, grilled calamari with a dusting of Piment d'Espelette. Blue Cargo a little father down the beach is great, too. Try the oyster selections in the fish market at the marche, 6 oysters from Arachon with a glass of white wine for 6 euros. There are some fun places to eat around the old port also.
Le Petit Hotel is nice and near all of the acitivity.
 
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Davey Boyd

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I walked through Biarritz on one of my camino's a few years ago. Nice place, just a shame the weather was stormy the whole time I was there!
 
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Frances(2006) portugues(2013)San Salvador (2017)
I have visited Biarritz every year since my first Camino 2013. It has a fantastic atmosphere and relaxed feeling.

Staying in July again started using Airbnb it gives you more freedom and is reasonable for longer stays .

I fully agree with Vacajoe I would not commit a mortal sin and have it on my spotless record so far , open those pearly gates I am on my final Camino. .😇
Who says?
 

KinkyOne

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I'am not perfect, but I'm always myself!!!
.... Not on a Camino per se, it is adjacent to the train station at Bayonne, from which you can easily get to St. Jean Pied de Port. It is also just over the border from Irun, gateway to the Camino del Norte.
Oh, but it is on the Camino. It's called Via de Bayonna ;)

And one more thing. Just over the border from Irun is a town called Hendaye, not Biarritz.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Avoided rain so far, but a storm is set to hit shortly. Our waiter shrugged and said, “Well, it is Basque Country!” Swam in the icy water, had the best crepe in my life at the Halles, and are headed to seafood dinner shortly based biarritzdon’s suggestions. 👍. Our Camino starts tomorrow.
 

t2andreo

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Oh, but it is on the Camino. It's called Via de Bayonna ;)

And one more thing. Just over the border from Irun is a town called Hendaye, not Biarritz.
You are correct. I would have been more correct to state that it was a short train or bus ride away.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Yes, as we just discovered... 😵. And a storm is hitting as I type, so we are off to find something open and dry! The market hall this morning, though, was fantastic. As was the several beach front bars we have visited....

It’s truly a treat to be here and I hope that more people choose to get over jet lag here for a day rather than rushing off to SJPdP.

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biarritzdon

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Keep it a secret please, that's what we Biarrot would like.
I bought there just to deter friends from thinking I had a free couch to crash on in France.
The G7 had a meeting there this week and everyone was scared shitless about what kind of damage might occur from the yellow vests protesters, so far so good.
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
We are mortals, yes? And we sin, no? Eastern Orthodoxy says any sin you don’t repent is a mortal sin, so I’m good with that! 👍. In my own “relifion” though, any time you don’t simply reflect on the miracle that is your life and your surroundings is a mortal sin, so you decide... (PS: I am the great grandson of a Portuguese priest, so I might skew a bit liberal on these things!). Buen Camino to all! Don’t get caught up in the semantics; enjoy the fruits of man’s labors in God’s vineyards instead.
 

Bob from L.A. !

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Camino Francis 2012, 2014, 2016. Camino Norte 2018. Many more to come in my future God willing !
There was a really good small Mexican food restaurant there last year !
 

Richmond Gardner

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(2017)
As for why a “mortal sin”? It’s a blasphemy against God to not appreciate the beauty of his creation manifested as such as a place as the southern French coastline! (Plus don’t forget that Eastern Orthodoxy defines that term differently than Roman Catholicism....). Buen Camino! 👍
Mortal sin or not, I am adding Biarritz to my list. Why not? So Much to see and do, or just appreciate from a lovely view at a cafe table!
 

Vacajoe

Traded in my work boots for hiking ones
Camino(s) past & future
2019 Biarritz-Pamplona-Lourdes
2018 Aragon/Frances/Finis
2018 Operation Sabre
2018 Marin Ramble
Bring a swimsuit, the ocean is divine!
 

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