Biarritz is a city on the Bay of Biscay, on the Atlantic coast in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the French Basque Country in southwestern France. It is located 35 kilometres from the border with Spain.
The Aquarium of Biarritz, or le Musée de la Mer, is an aquarium in Biarritz. The building, in art deco style, was opened in 1933. It went through the first renovation in 1992 to add an important collection of marine animals.Learn more Book this experience
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Anglet is a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwestern France. Anglet lies in the traditional province of Labourd of the Northern Basque Country while its inhabitants have traditionally spoken Gascon.Learn more
Biarritz Aquarium, also known as le Musée de la Mer, is an aquarium in Biarritz. The building, in art deco style, was opened in 1933. It went through the first renovation in 1992 to add an important collection of marine animals.Learn more Book this experience
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The Château d'Abbadia, also Château d'Abbadie, is a château in Hendaye, Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France. Built between 1864 and 1879, it was designed in the neo-Gothic style by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and incorporated many enigmatic features characteristic of its owner, the explorer Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, after whom it is named.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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The Bidasoa is a river in the Basque Country of northern Spain and southern France that runs largely south to north. Named as such downstream of the small town of Oronoz-Mugairi in the province of Navarra, the river actually results from the merger of several streams near the village Erratzu, with the stream Baztan that rises at the north-eastern side of the mount Autza being considered the source of the Bidasoa.View on Google Maps Book this experience
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Capbreton is a commune in the Landes department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Located at the mouth of the Boudigau and Bourret rivers, the town is situated about 40 km north of Biarritz.Learn more
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To get to Biarritz, you can fly directly into Biarritz Pays Basque Airport, which has connections from major European cities. Alternatively, you can take a train from Paris or other French cities via TGV (high-speed train) to Biarritz, with the journey from Paris taking around four hours. If you prefer driving, the A63 motorway connects Biarritz to Bordeaux and other major cities.
When planning your visit, it's essential to book your accommodation in advance, especially during the peak summer months. You should also reserve any guided tours, such as the Biarritz Chocolate Workshop or Biarritz by Tuk Tuk, to ensure availability.
The cost of visiting Biarritz can vary depending on the time of year and your preferences. However, it's possible to enjoy the town on a budget by taking advantage of free attractions, such as the beach and the picturesque waterfront. Expect to pay around €100-€150 per night for mid-range accommodations and €30-€50 for a meal for two at a moderately priced restaurant.
The best things to do in Biarritz include visiting the Grande Plage, a stunning beach perfect for sunbathing and surfing; exploring the historic Rocher de la Vierge, a rock formation with a statue of the Virgin Mary; and strolling through the elegant Hôtel du Palais, a landmark hotel that was once a summer residence for Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie.
For dining options, consider Le Comptoir du Foie Gras, a charming restaurant known for its excellent foie gras and local Basque dishes; Chez Albert, a renowned seafood restaurant offering fresh catches and stunning ocean views; or Le Pim'pi, a cozy bistro serving traditional French cuisine.
When choosing where to stay, consider the Hôtel de Silhouette, a boutique hotel housed in a historic building with a lovely garden and stylish rooms; Le Gamaritz, a contemporary hotel with a chic atmosphere and ocean views; or the Radisson Blu Hotel, a luxurious option with a rooftop pool and spa facilities.
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For a unique and unusual experience in Biarritz, visit the Cité de l'Océan, an interactive museum dedicated to oceanography and marine life. This futuristic building offers a fascinating insight into the world beneath the waves and features virtual reality experiences and engaging exhibits. Another off-the-beaten-path adventure is exploring the coastal trails that lead to hidden beaches and stunning viewpoints, such as Plage des Cavaliers and Pointe de Saint-Martin. These lesser-known gems will provide you with a peaceful escape from the bustling town center and a more intimate connection with Biarritz's natural beauty.
A seaside resort on the Basque coast, overlooking the Atlantic Ocean, Biarritz came out of the shadows in the 1800s when the crowned heads went there for a holiday to take the waters, as your tourist guide tells us. Biarritz was a favorite summer destination for Empress Eugénie (wife of Napoleon III), who transformed a sleepy fishing village into a fashionable beach town. To entertain her court, the queen built a grand palace, which is now a luxury hotel with a Michelin-starred restaurant. In addition to this exquisite villa by the sea, the names of the streets in Biarritz hint at the city's royal past: Avenue l'Impératrice, Avenue Reine Victoria and Esplanade Elizabeth II. Since then, the sportsmen have taken over. Surfing enthusiasts come to seek the powerful wave on the beach of Marbella, a windy spot that has made Biarritz the European capital of surfing.
Biarritz's focus is the City Casino, on the Grande-Plage. The loveliest places to stroll around are the streets between here and the square Port du Vieux. Right next to Yacht-Vieux Beach, the most sheltered and intimate of the beaches, a stone boat juts out into the sea, ending with an iron catwalk anchoring Rocher de la Vierge, an offshore rock decorated with a white statue of the Virgin, which became the trademark of Biarritz. Just below is the picturesque harbor of Port des Pecheurs, backed by tamarisks and pink and blue hydrangeas. Beyond is the Grande Plage, an immaculate stretch of sand that stretches past the casino, all the way to the lighthouse on Pointe St-Martin.
Le Port Vieux beach is the best choice for families with children. This small, sheltered beach is located at the rocky inlet of Vieux Port (Old Port) near the city center. Because the beaches are located in a protected cove, the waves are gentle and the waters are safer in Grande Plage and Plage du Miramar in particular. The waters are generally calm and provide the best conditions for swimming. Côte des Basques is the most popular surfing beach in Biarritz. Strong waves provide ideal conditions for surfing and many competitions are held here. Next to the Côte des Basques, Plage de Marbella is a favorite among surfers and bodyboarders because of its powerful waves. The beautiful sandy beach is also a good choice for nature lovers.
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In Biarritz, you should go to Grande Plage - one of the biggest beaches of Biarritz, Le Musée de la mer - marine museum, Phare de Biarritz - Iconic of the town, Rocher de la Vierge is one of Biarrtiz's most remarkable sites, perched on a narrow steep rock in the ocean or Côte des Basques - the most popular surfing beach in Biarritz.
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