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Getting There -- Seventeen trains arrive daily from Bayonne (trip time: 10 min.), which has rail links with Paris and other cities in the south of France. The one-way fare is 2.30€ to 3€. The rail station is 3km (1 3/4 miles) south of the town center, in La Négresse. For information, call tel. 36-35. Bus no. 2 carries passengers from the station to the center of Biarritz; the one-way fare is 1.20€. You can also take a cab for around 13€ to 20€. If you're driving, Biarritz is at the end of the N117 roadway, the major thoroughfare for the Basque country. From Paris, take A10 south to Vierzon, and then N20 south to Limoges. Continue on N21 south to Tarbes, and then head west on N117.

Visitor Information -- The Office de Tourisme is on square d'Ixelles (tel. 05-59-22-37-00; fax 05-59-24-14-19; www.biarritz.fr).

Special Events -- If you're in town in September, check out the modern dance and ballet performances during the 2-week festival of Le Temps d'Aimer. Cultural events take place in parks, churches, and auditoriums throughout town. Tickets cost 15€ to 40€. For reservations and ticket sales for the festival, contact the tourist office above.

Biarritz is the surfing capital of France, and each year, in mid-July, cadres of enthusiasts descend on the town for the 5-day Roxy Jam, an event known as the Women's International Festival of Long Board Surfing. It's centered around the waves offshore from La Plage de la Côte Basque, with plenty of advertising depicting the kind of buffed and suntanned women you might have expected in California. A Hawaiian spirit permeates the town as surfers re-create the search for the endless summer. You don't need to buy a ticket, as viewing is free and visible from most points along the waterfront of the above-mentioned beach. For more information, contact the tourist office. Biarritz also devotes more of its landscape and energy to golf than any other city in France. Ten courses lie within a short drive of the town. A good practice setting is the Centre d'Entraînement d'Ilbarritz-Bidart, avenue Reine Nathalie, Bidart 64210 (tel. 05-59-43-81-30); you can play 9 holes for 23€ to 36€. Passionate golfers might consider visiting in the third week in July during the Biarritz Cup, a nationwide competition attended by mostly French golfers. The series of playoffs takes place at the Golf du Phare, avenue Edith-Cavell (tel. 05-59-03-71-80; www.golfbiarritz.com). Information on both festivals is available from the tourist office.

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