Located on the Atlantic coast within the Bay of Biscay, a few kilometres from Spain, Biarritz in France is a luxurious seaside town popular with tourists as it is renowned for having some of the best beaches and surfing in Europe. In recent times, this seaside resort has increased in popularity for everyone from the Parisian elite to homespun surfer types in their camper vans with boards tied on top. Several prestigious surf tournaments have been hosted in Biarritz.
A great location to holiday with the family, friends or a loved one; in the sunny coastal town of Biarritz there is lots to do for people of all age groups. From surfing and water sports to lounging the day away on golden sands, visiting its multiple museums or sampling the delicious French and Basque culture and cuisine of the region. A vibrant coffee culture means that a lot of your day can be spent relaxing in beachfront cafés nursing a world class cup of freshly ground coffee.
This medieval village was originally founded for its fishing and whaling industry. In the 17th century spotters would watch from the Atalye plateau and use smoke signals to tell the villagers when a whale was nearby. It has most definitely evolved since those early times, however today it has managed to hold onto its heritage while avoiding becoming a tacky tourist trap.
Holiday in Biarritz
The morning market Les Halles in the centre of town is well worth getting out of bed for. Begin your day by strolling passed all the local Basque craftwork, jewellery and fresh foods. If you are staying in a holiday rental with your very own kitchen, it’s well worth finding fresh French foods here to create an authentic feast when you get home.
Biarritz has a number of beaches, all stunning and with excellent sandy shores. Grand Plage is the main beach in town, while Miramar beach is its fashionable alternative. Surfers congregate at both of these beaches and at several others further along the coast.
The Atelye plateau offers some of the most stunning views of the Atlantic crashing into the cliffs; we highly recommend packing a picnic lunch and whiling away a few hours or a day in this idyllic place.
Afterwards, explore some of the cultural sites in town including its churches such as Eglise Alexandre Newsky and numerous museums like the Musée Basque et de l’histoire de Bayonne, or the Musée de la Mer and the chocolate museum Planète Musée du Chocolat.
The nightlife in Biarritz is rich and varied. With such a wide range of visitors to the town, from those looking for cheap and cheerful to the discerning visitor after fine dining and luxurious cocktails, in Biarritz it is simple to find a night out to suit your budget and tastes.
Renting holiday accommodation in Biarritz
Biarritz is a relatively expensive town, so saving money by staying in a holiday rental will leave you with more space to relax and more funds to spend on amazing food and drink. A wonderful alternative for families and groups, relax together in your own space instead of needing to return to a soulless hotel room and ending the fun.