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BiarritzFrance

Biarritz combines the architectural charm of a 1900s seaside town, the energy of abundant Atlantic waves and colourful arts and crafts.

Surfers flock to Biarritz's four miles of beaches looking to catch the wave that will give them a thrilling ride. You'll certainly be equally thrilled watching from afar as young people dance on the ocean waves.

Biarritz is a city that is full of energy, which comes as much from the sporting passion of surfing as from Basque pelota and rugby. Also remarkable is the energy put into promoting Basque natural and craft heritage.

After a day relaxing on the Grande Plage (unless you prefer the quieter Miramar Beach, surrounded by steep rock faces), make time to look at the Villa Eugénie and other superb seafront residences. Their exuberant architecture is just like the city, heavily influenced by the Napoleonic era, but livened up by 1920s art deco flourishes.

Here too the blend of styles is as interesting as it is pleasing; it's also the wholly distinctive identity of Biarritz that you'll find along these avenues, where no fewer than 230 listed villas try to outdo each other with their quaint but so typical beauty.

Fishing enthusiasts, families with children and walkers will certainly visit Marion lake, then Mouriscot lake, a 110-hectare protected natural area, part of which is open to the public.

Fancy a quick shopping break? In Biarritz, you can shop till you drop: natural Mauléon fabric espadrilles, linen tablecloths and napkins in the colours of the seven Basque provinces, artisan-made knives (ideal for cutting yourself a slice of Espelette pepper salami). All authentic souvenirs of a busy holiday!

Situated in the heart of the western Pyrenees, Biarritz has an airport and can be reached by TGV or TER train. It can also be reached via the A63 and A64 motorways. Count on Expedia to take care of every aspect of your trip: transport, accommodation and car rental. Hurry, the Basque Country awaits with open arms!

Where to stay in Biarritz

Old Harbor which includes a bay or harbour

Biarritz City Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(51 area reviews)

Biarritz City Centre is popular for its seaside views, and if you're looking for more to see and do, you might think about a trip to Casino Barriere or Gare du Midi.

Biarritz City Centre

Top hotels in Biarritz

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel Campanile Biarritz
Hotel Campanile Biarritz
3 out of 5
Blvd Marcel Dassault, RN10 Rond Point, du Mousse, 43 rue Chapelet, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
£60
per night
15 Apr-16 Apr

Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.5 mi (0.9 km) from Halle D'Iraty and 1.8 mi (2.8 km) from Casino Barriere. Lac Marion and Lake of Mouriscot are also ...

3.7/5Good! (552 reviews)
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"Arrived late at night, staff very helpful, no booking found, hotels.com sorted out immediately- (great service from them) No towels in room though & bedding didn’t smell fresh"…"

Reviewed on 18 Oct 2019

Hotel Campanile Biarritz
Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz
Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz
4 out of 5
11 avenue Edouard VII, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
£111
per night
6 Apr-7 Apr

Located in Biarritz City Centre, this beach hotel is steps away from Biarritz City Hall and Casino Barriere. Imperial Chapel and Bellevue Conference and Exhibition ...

4.3/5Excellent! (393 reviews)

"Great breakfast! Room was very small but what a view!"…"

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz
Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery
Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery
5 out of 5
52 Avenue De l'Impératrice, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques

Offering direct access to the beach, this Biarritz hotel is next to a golf course and within a 15-minute walk of Miramar Beach and Casino Barriere. Plage du ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (190 reviews)

"The staff was friendly, the hotel is centrally located and the room was very clean, newly renovated and freshly appointed (and with a Nespresso machine). There is a very bad mold odor throughout the hotel but thankfully didn’t notice it in my room. It really needs to be remedied."…"

Reviewed on 29 Oct 2019

Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery

Popular things to do in Biarritz

Biarritz Aquarium
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Biarritz Aquarium

4/5(13 reviews)

Get up-close to an array of sharks, watch animals being fed and learn about Biarritz’s whaling history at this museum and aquarium.

Cote des Basques
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Cote des Basques

4.5/5(27 reviews)

Considered the birthplace of European surfing, this picturesque bay of golden sand is backed by rugged cliffs and lined with beachfront cafés. 

Biarritz Lighthouse
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Biarritz Lighthouse

5/5(9 reviews)

Climb to the top of this 19th-century lighthouse to enjoy panoramic views of Biarritz and the magnificent Basque coastline.

Marbella Beach
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Marbella Beach

5/5(1 review)

This rugged and scenic beach on the Basque coast is popular with surfers and a great place to escape the crowds of Biarritz. 

Grand Beach
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Grand Beach

4.5/5(36 reviews)

Biarritz’s central beach is an ideal place for family-friendly activities, leisurely walks, surfing and sweeping views of the city’s major landmarks.

Old Harbor
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Old Harbor

4/5(2 reviews)

Enjoy safe swimming, leisurely walks with superb coastal scenery, visits to an aquarium and excellent dining at Biarritz’s historic harbor.

Top activities in Biarritz

Biarritz and French Basque Coast tour in small groups
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Biarritz and French Basque Coast tour in small groups

£95
Per adult
San Sebastian & Biarritz full day tour
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San Sebastian & Biarritz full day tour

82% of travellers recommend
£66
Per adult
La Rioja 2 wineries visit with pintxos from Biarritz
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La Rioja 2 wineries visit with pintxos from Biarritz

£68
Per adult
Biarritz and the French Basque Coast Tour from San Sebastian
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Biarritz and the French Basque Coast Tour from San Sebastian

£99
Per adult
Small-Group Surfing Lesson on the Basque Coast
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Small-Group Surfing Lesson on the Basque Coast

100% of travellers recommend
£64
Per adult
Collectif Groupe
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Collectif Groupe

£389
Per adult

Reviews of Biarritz

4.8

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Oct 2019

Biarritz surpassed my expectations. It was beautiful, walkable and with great food and shopping. Can’t wait to go back.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

18 Oct 2019

Beautiful place. Best bars and eateries are near the Halles. Plenty public transport options to go to other places of interest such as Bayonne, St Jean de Luz, San Sebastian, etc... And of course great for surfing. People in Biarritz are very nice.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Sep 2019

People very friendly and helpful. Great food if a little expensive. Easy to get about on the bus. Train requires a little more effort. Atlantic coastline is very dramatic. Overall a great place to visit.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

11 Sep 2019

Be prepared for the prices!

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

23 Aug 2019

Try the Paella in the Palmeria cafe in the road to the old port

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

14 Aug 2019

Great place for a holiday. Attractive town with plenty of restaurants, shops and culture. Amazing beaches. Would highly recommend.