Biarritz, France

Biarritz, La Grande Plage beach, France

Biarritz well-groomed La Grande Plage, with the Casino Municipal on the right. The beach is well-organised, with separate swimmer and surfer areas and life-guards monitoring the seas part of the time, well-filled bikinis most of the time.

Why holiday in Biarritz?

Once the favoured beach resort of the aristocracy Biarritz, just 11 miles north of Spain and in Basque territory, slipped in the popularity stakes in the 1960’s as Riviera fever took France by the wallet.

Biarritz cannot compete with the Cote d’Azur‘s climate, nor water temperature, but it has its attractions, namely far less crowds and traffic, some fine buildings, less costly accommodation, huge, free-of-charge sandy beaches, and of course regular surf. See the map of France.

The city is easy to walk around and most famous for its coast, rocks, seafood, casinos and Basque attitude. It buzzes with delightful bars, cafés and sea food eateries.

Beaches along the coast of Biarritz, France

Beaches along the coast just to the north and seen from the Pointe Saint-Martin. A few kilometres south of Biarritz is the lovely little ultra-Basque seaside town of St Jean de Luz.

Biarritz Sea Museum, France

Biarritz Sea Museum, with an interesting cluster of aquariums containing sharks, seals and other marine life.

Biarritz views

Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz, France

Rocher de la Vierge, a favourite viewpoint south of the Grande Plage.

Eglise Eugenie, Biarritz, France

Eglise Eugenie, photo by Pinpin.

Getting there

Plane, (under 2 hours from London).
Train, Eurostar/TGV which takes 5 hours from Paris.
Car. It’s about 7. 5 hours from Paris – 480 miles (775 km), easily accessed via the D911 road, off the N10. These routes are close to the A63 – a road connecting Belin-Béliet to Bayonne to the border of Spain. Paris – A10, N10, A63 (E05).