For easter, the Monday off, the ocean and thanks to the cool offer "2 for the price of 1" on train tickets towards that direction, we decided to go to BAB - Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne.
While Biarritz is mostly famous nowadays for its big waves and cool surfers (and I admit we found plenty of both there, as competition was going on), it is also a city of huge and even sometimes beautiful villas and mansions. Since Empress Eugénie built a palace there in 1854 it became a famous destination for European (and especially English) royalty .
Bayonne has a more ancient history as a big trading hub since it is close to the Spanish border and in the Basque country. The harbour greatly developed while Aquitaine was English. It is also famous as the first French city where the cocoa bean was worked (it is still the hometown of many talented chocolatiers. It is also famous for it's ham as it was first imported through Bayonne before they started doing it themselves. It's rugby team - l'Aviron Bayonnais and it's anthem, the pena baiona. are also famous in south-west of France.
We were housed, thanks to airbnb, near the golf course close to great Biarritz lighthouse.
Basque pelota is everywhere, even at the bus station.
And of course, easter wouldn't be easter without chocolate (from Paries bien sûr, a famous local chocolatier).