Biarritz is one of the largest cities on the western coast of France and sits on the edge of the Bay of Biscay. The high waves and exposed area make it a real favourite for surfers looking for the big Atlantic rollers. The city rose to prominence in the 19th century when it became a very popular seaside resort for European royalty and aristocrats. There's evidence of its past in its grand architecture, as well as in the casino that is still open to this day. Renting a car in Biarritz means you'll be able to pop over the border into nearby Spain - and you'll also notice a distinct Basque influence in the region's cuisine.