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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 sandy beach

Biarritz City Centre

Known for Sea, Aquariums, Surfing

4.5/5(47 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
$86
per night
Jan 5 - Jan 6

Located in Biarritz City Centre, this beach hotel is steps 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 Oct 30, 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
$49
per night
Dec 20 - Dec 21

Located in Iraty, this hotel is within 2 mi (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 Sep 3, 2019

Hotel Campanile Biarritz
Premiere Classe Biarritz
Premiere Classe Biarritz
41 rue Chapelet, Boulevard Marcel Dassault, Biarritz, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
$27
per night
Jan 6 - Jan 7

Located in Iraty, this hotel is 0.2 mi (0.3 km) from Halle D'Iraty and within 3 mi (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 Jun 20, 2019

Premiere Classe Biarritz

Popular things to do in Biarritz

Biarritz Aquarium
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Biarritz Aquarium

4.5/5(34 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

5/5(66 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(76 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(8 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

4.5/5(20 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

4.5/5(2 reviews)

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

Top activities in Biarritz

San Sebastián, Saint-Jean-de-Luz & Biarritz with Boat Ride
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San Sebastián, Saint-Jean-de-Luz & Biarritz with Boat Ride

$83

Get to know the coastal charms of the Basque Country on a day trip to some of its most enchanting seaside cities. Start in the luxurious Biarritz, explore the village of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, take a boat ride from Hendaye to Hondarribia, and then spend the afternoon in the idyllic San Sebastián.

San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Biarritz
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San Sebastian and Gipuzkoa Coast tour from Biarritz

$132

Discover San Sebastian, one of the most charming cities of Europe, famous also for it's famous culinary miniature treasures, pintxos! Conveniently about 40 min away from Biarritz, you will visit San Sebastian along with small fishing villages, such as Getaria and Orio, on the coast, to make for the perfect day trip during your stay in the Basque Country.

Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from Bilbao
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Biarritz and French Basque coast tour from Bilbao

$143

Visit the towns along France’s Basque coast on this full-day tour from Bilbao. Begin with stops in Bayonne and Biarritz, and an opportunity to experience both traditional and modern coastal lifestyles. See harbors with fishing boats as well as popular surfing spots.

La Rioja 2 wineries visit with pintxos from Biarritz
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La Rioja 2 wineries visit with pintxos from Biarritz

$83

Spain is widely famous for its wines' high quality, and the cradle of these wines, the land that provides its name to the apellation of La Rioja, is not far from Biarritz.

Special Dinner in Biarritz
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Special Dinner in Biarritz

$60

The seaside resort of Biarritz has always been an escape for people looking for glamour, sea, and excellent cuisine. Get the opportunity to discover French culinary traditions with a local, living this unique experience.

Private Walking Tour of Biarritz
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Private Walking Tour of Biarritz

$28

Itinerary This is a typical itinerary for this product Stop At: Rocher de la Vierge, Entre le Port-Vieux et le Port des pêcheurs, Biarritz France Exceptional views of Biarritz, the French and Spanish Basque Coast, and the Pyrenees.

Reviews of Biarritz

4.7

Top Destination

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5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Nov 26, 2019

Great local market. Trendy restaurants

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 19, 2019

very charming beach town :))))

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Sep 14, 2019

Incredibly beautiful and great surf. Nice people

2/5 - Disappointing

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Aug 1, 2019

Overcrowded, full of drunk people. Setting must have been spectacular once. But now just another tourist trap.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 24, 2019

Beautiful city, safe and refreshing.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Jul 19, 2019

Great town to visit and shop