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Visit Biarritz

This stylish French coastal city is famous for its blend of laid-back beaches, surfing culture, elegant architecture and excellent dining scene.

Attractions range from surfing beaches and historic architecture to award-winning restaurants and museums in the city of Biarritz on France’s Basque coast. Biarritz began as a fishing village in the 1100s. By the 20th century it had become a playground for European royalty and Hollywood stars. Today, Biarritz welcomes a mix of families, surfers, architecture lovers and gourmets.

Biarritz’s stunning 3.7-mile (6-kilometer) coastline spreads around the Bay of Biscay. Relax at waterfront cafés and learn to surf at Côte des Basques, the unofficial birthplace of surfing in France. Discover other surf spots, and historical landmarks such as the lavish Hôtel du Palais, at Grand Plage. Escape the crowds at Marbella Beach or watch your kids play in the calm water at Plage du Port Vieux.

Find major attractions while you wander the streets of the Port Vieux, Biarritz’s old harbor. Check out the traditional cottages of the centuries-old fishing area, Port des Pêcheurs. Spot a wealth of marine life and learn about the city’s whaling history at the Musée de la Mer. After your visit to the museum, cross the nearby footbridge to the Rocher de la Vierge to see a statue of the Virgin and Child and spectacular sunsets.

Enjoy Biarritz’s coastal walks. Just 25 minutes on foot from the Port Vieux is the Phare de Biarritz. Climb to the viewing deck of this lighthouse for unrivaled views of France’s Basque coastline.

Biarritz is known for its superb food scene. The city has several Michelin-starred restaurants but also offers more casual food experiences. Browse the stalls of Les Halles market for fresh fruits, vegetables and cheese. Sample handcrafted goodies on a tour of the Planète Musée du Chocolat.

Other museums in Biarritz include the Asiatica Musée d’Art Oriental and the Musée Historique de Biarritz.

Reach Biarritz by flying to Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne Airport, which is a 10-minute drive from the city center. Get around Biarritz on foot or with the free shuttle bus. Whether you visit for a weekend break or summer vacation, it’s easy to enjoy the relaxed atmosphere in Biarritz.

Where to stay in Biarritz

Biarritz City Centre
Old Harbor which includes a bay or harbour

Biarritz City Centre

Known for Sea, Aquariums, Surfing

4.5/5(49 reviews)

Biarritz City Centre is known for its beautiful seaside views, and you can make a stop by Casino Barriere and Grand Beach while in the area.

Top hotels in Biarritz

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz
Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz
4 out of 5
11 avenue Edouard VII, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
Rs6,124
per night
7 Jan-8 Jan

Located in Biarritz City Centre, this beach hotel is steps away from Biarritz City Hall, Grand Beach and Casino Barriere. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Biarritz ...

4.4/5Excellent! (352 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 30 Oct 2019

Hotel le Windsor Grande Plage Biarritz
Hotel Campanile Biarritz
Hotel Campanile Biarritz
3 out of 5
Blvd Marcel Dassault, RN10 Rond Point, du Mousse, 43 rue Chapelet, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
Rs3,502
per night
24 Dec-25 Dec

Located in Iraty, this hotel is within 2 miles (3 km) of Halle D'Iraty, Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Casino Barriere. Cote des Basques and Grand Beach are ...

3.7/5Good! (528 reviews)

"Clean, helpful staff, excellent food, great price. It was easy to walk to from the train station. Slept well and easy exit in the morning."…"

Reviewed on 3 Sep 2019

Hotel Campanile Biarritz
Premiere Classe Biarritz
Premiere Classe Biarritz
41 rue Chapelet, Boulevard Marcel Dassault, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
Rs1,887
per night
7 Jan-8 Jan

Located in Iraty, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Halle D'Iraty and within 3 miles (5 km) of Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Casino Barriere. Cote des Basques ...

2.8/5 (467 reviews)

"Staff on reception were fantastic and very helpful and efficient. Hotel is what it is - a bargain basement no frills one night stay over kind of place that you use to get your head down overnight. Fact there is a campanile hotel next door makes life better as it has a bar and restaurant. This is ..."…"

Reviewed on 20 Jun 2019

Premiere Classe Biarritz

Popular things to do in Biarritz

Biarritz Aquarium
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Biarritz Aquarium

4.5/5(12 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(26 reviews)

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

Grand Beach
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Grand Beach

4.5/5(35 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.

Asiatica Museum of Asian Art
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Asiatica Museum of Asian Art

4.5/5(3 reviews)

Discover a treasure trove of ancient Asian artifacts sourced from China and across the Himalayan mountains to the southern regions of India at this expansive museum.

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. 

Reviews of Biarritz

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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.