So why would you go to Biarritz to study abroad and not other more well known French cities? Two words: beach resort.
Biarritz has certainly made a name for itself as a luxurious seaside town that is popular with jeunesse dorée (golden youth) of Paris to beach bums in camper vans. And if surfing is your thing, then you’ve picked a world class destination as Biarritz is commonly frequented by the top surfers of the world. Surfing first appeared in 1957, and Biarritz hosts many surfing competitions throughout the year including Quicksilver/Roxy Jam tournament and Roxy Pro women’s tournament.
If surfing isn’t your thing, then Biarritz still has you covered with miles of beaches, fabulous shops and restaurants, and a distinct culture that is largely influenced by the Basque. A stretch of 5 beaches, each with a distinct history and flavor, comprise Biarritz, including the Cote de Basques Beach, where you can relax, soak in the sun, and watch people try their hand at surfing. If you have some money to spend, then you definitely need to check out Place Clemenceau where you could get lost for hours wondering the small local shops. After you’ve shopped, receive a nice cup of coffee or a relaxing glass of wine at one of the many amazing restaurants in the city center.
So what else would you do if you studied abroad in Biarritz? The SPI high school study abroad program also offers students the opportunity to live with a local homestay family and take intensive French classes. What better way to immerse yourself in French culture then living with native French people and it’s well worth it as they know all the best places to eat, shop, and have fun. Plus, you’ll be on your way to be a certified francophone in no time.
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