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Biarritz, the ocean in full

A few kilometres from the Spanish border, this imperial sea resort blends a laid-back lifestyle with multiple sporting activities.

In the 19th century, Emperess Eugénie had made Biarritz her summer camp, living to the rhythm of the Atlantic Ocean, which shades of blue contrast with the golden sand of its six beaches. All year long, surfers look for the right wave, board under the arm, form the famous Basque coast.

"When you hesitate between two beaches,” Sacha Guitry wrote, “one of them is always Biarritz.” The world famous Grand Plage beach attracts surfers and sun worshippers from around the world.

Golfers flock to the region for its sublime courses, like the mythical Le Phare Golf Club in the very heart of the city. Nestled between sea and mountain, Biarritz offers views of the first slopes of the Pyrenees, dotted with villages of picturesque houses with red shutters. The unique landscape provides stunning excursions through hills and villages, on foot, by bike or on a “pottok" – the small horse of the Basque region. Local traditions and cultures are part of the charm of this "pays" that still speaks Basque, the lilting language that can be heard at rugby matches or pelota games. In the newly renovated Les Halles de Biarritz, foodies share tapas, pintxos and other delectables, such as the famous Gateau Basque cake. A few kilometres away is Guéthary, the perfect spot to sip a cocktail while taking in the sunset. The nightlife continues at the Spanish border, in Hondarribia and San Sebastian, the European Capital of Culture in 2016.

Insight video - Discover Biarritz-bayonne and surroundings
Insight video

Discover Biarritz-bayonne and surroundings

Discovery map - Our selection of must-see places in and around Biarritz
Discovery map

Our selection of must-see places in and around Biarritz

Diaporama

Our Biarritz photo album

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charm

Le Café de Paris, in the heart of Biarritz

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museum

City of the Ocean: crack the secrets of underwater life

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museum

Re-opening of the City of the Ocean

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charm

Le Saphir Hotel

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sports and well-being

The beaches of Anglet

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food and drink

Tapas San Sebastián

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outings

Partying at the Blue Cargo

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plancha brasserie

Le Surfing restaurant

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food and drink shopping

Les Halles de Biarritz

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bar restaurant hotel

Le Madrid

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