The infinite drizzle and a lack of colour make for a very gloomy atmosphere during the seemingly never-ending winter months on Ireland’s West Coast.
And as much as I love the smell, the sound and the feel of the rain and as much as I have learned to love it, I was more than happy to leave the dark and grim skies of Sligo behind.
Setting off to France with red dawn blossoming over a distant horizon, the prettiest we have seen in a long time, we were openly dreaming of slow mornings, country roads and wide opened windows.
We were looking towards careless days on the coast with iridescence rays of sunlight pealing into every cavern along its shores and highlighting every tiny particle hanging in the spring air.
This wasn’t our first time in town, for the past two years, we visited Biarritz in May and If there’s one thing we have learned by revisiting Biarritz; no two trips are the same!
Our second visit to Biarritz meant we could explore a different side to it; we would casually pass by cute French shops and cafes and then retrace our footsteps and pass once more.
Biarritz photo diary: a jaunt through the beautiful surf town in France
We take photos for the joy of taking pictures, yet capturing a specific moment in time that will never happen again in precisely the same way is why we love photography.
Our last trip to France was a great adventure with a wide range of brilliant photography opportunities at sunset, sunrise and also during the day.
And even though, there are so many stories no photographs can tell – lively chatter from a nearby café or the smell of the sea – in this blog post, we are sharing our favourite pictures from the trip to Biarritz as well as the most memorable moments.
#1. Capturing colourful sunsets
Biarritz is beautiful at any time of the day but particularly at sunset. On the first night setting sun was sending beautiful orange glimmer across the water faintly touching cliffs. The peaceful evening paved the way for yet another bright and beautiful night by the ocean to remember.
#2. Having coastal views all to ourselves
If there’s one thing we have learned after years of travelling – we love to have a place all to ourselves. Usually, this means getting up super early, hiking for hours or visiting off-season. Outside the peak visiting times, Biarritz is a remarkably quiet place, perfect for a peaceful beach escape with dreamy bay views.
#3. Noticing small details
Every single day in France has been entirely unique, and when I look back on the last ten days, it’s the small and seemingly insignificant everyday details that I remember most.
Like the smell and taste of freshly baked bread, the sound of passing planes and ability to enjoy slow tea on the balcony – paying attention to little details that surround us, can contribute oodles of context which broaden our minds.
#4. Waiting for the near-perfect moments
Travelling is about staying in one place for a while and waiting for those beautifully near-perfect moments as the light comes and goes so fast – this is one of the rituals we try to practise every time we find ourselves travelling the world.
#5. Enjoying Sunday evening vibes
By revisiting Biarritz, we discovered this place feels incredibly relaxed, not just because of the ocean but because it oozes this vibe of a relaxed town – with quiet backstreets and welcoming beaches – you’ll find many art shops displaying art inspired by the surroundings.
#6. Being amazed by the street art
The memories and the feelings of endless discoveries we have undergone so far exploring Biarritz will stay with us permanently. By exploring this coastal town, you’ll find many art galleries worth visiting such as Gallery Plage, Gallery Mésanges, Galerie Art et Loisir and many more displaying painting and sculptures and then there is contemporary urban art in an abandoned Garage Régina.
#8. Relaxing on one of the beaches
Once we set foot in Biarritz, all we could hear was the waves crashing on the beach. While in town, we intentionally devoted a healthy dose of our time to relax on the beaches. And, by relaxing, I mean – taking a step back from what we want things to be and appreciate what they are.
#9. Wandering around Allée Port des Pêcheurs
There are so many beautiful spots in Biarritz and seeing them does something to your body and soul that I haven’t experienced anywhere else. Wander around Port des Pecheurs, a quiet marina with dramatic tidal shifts were lots of little boat sheds still house fishing gear and where several restaurants cater to tourist needs.
#10. Feeling at ease at La Cote des Basques
There is nothing quite as beautiful as to watch a sunset, be it over crop fields, ocean or rugged mountains ranges. Lost in the surrounding beauty, we sat on the bench and tried to immortalised every little detail.
The view from the cliff above the La Cote des Basques beach offers splendid panorama over the whole Basque coast to San Sebastian on the Spanish side. Watch out for the high tide, the beach completely disappears, leaving no room for error.
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