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Biarritz, ciudad balnearia muy conocida desde el siglo XIX. Estaba constituida por un pueblo de pescadores de ballenas cuando Victor Hugo la descubrió en 1843. Él ya mencionaba el riesgo que tenía de pasar a ser una ciudad balnearia. Se constituyó como puerto pesquero de ballenas a partir del siglo XI. Estaba formado por dos asentamientos: el barrio de la iglesia de Saint-Martin y el puerto pesquero (Port-Vieux) defendido por el castillo de Belay o Ferragus. El nombre original de la ciudad (en la Edad Media) era Beariz. Su blasón muestra una gran barca ballenera que sigue siendo el símbolo de la ciudad. La población es de origen vasco, con la introducción de elementos gascones a partir del siglo XIV. Biarriz formó parte de Labort hasta 1790. El primer faro se construyó en 1650.  (Fuente: Wikipedia)

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