Between Bidart and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, the village of Guéthary, originally a fishing village, has a rich cultural past. Just like its large neighbours, with the rise of seaside tourism at the beginning of the century, the town has gradually been transformed. The new Guéthary has been set up near the port, both picturesque and wild, with Art Deco architecture, the Guétharia hotel by the architects Hiriart, Tribout and Beau, with its ironwork signed Schwartz, its geometrically patterned Grüber canopies or the Itsasoan Hotel Casino by architect Brana, built above the Cold Baths (which was dramatically destroyed by a tidal wave on January 9, 1924) and on the site of the former Moorish baths, connected to the panoramic terrace by the H Bridge. Godbarge. Even today, these buildings still retain all the charm of the Roaring Twenties (at the beginning of the twentieth century, these two hotels rivalled Biarritz's palaces in luxury and comfort). Charm all the more strong as the village still has in memory the passage of poets, artists : Saint John Perse in 1903 or the sculptor Georges-Clément Swiecinski who donated his work to the village (museum). How can we not think of Debussy and Ravel who stayed at Guéthary? Finally, to the writer Paul-Jean Toulet whose stele, close to his house, borders the avenue Général-de-Gaulle. It's a pity that the railway blurs this postcard landscape in places!

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