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Marbella Beach

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

Escape the throngs of beachgoers that head to Biarritz’s other central beaches and relax on the attractive golden sands of Marbella Beach. Framed by rugged cliffs at the shores of the Atlantic Ocean, this is one of Biarritz’s most unspoiled beaches. Come here to enjoy leisurely sunbathing, exceptional scenery and great surfing.

Marbella Beach is a continuation of Côte des Basques beach. Because it is a little harder to access, Marbella is generally less crowded than Biarritz’s other beaches. Get to the beach via a steep staircase and a short walk across rocks.

The surf breaks at Marbella Beach are popular with swimmers, surfers and body-boarders. Surfers can expect consistent waves year-round. However, you should be wary of exposed rocks. There are no surf shops or schools on the beach so you’ll need to bring your own equipment. Find rental shops at Côte des Basques and in Biarritz’s city center.

If you are come to Marbella Beach to relax, you’ll find plenty of space to throw down a towel and sunbathe. Gaze out across the Bay of Biscay and watch the local surfers riding the waves. On sunny days, you can clearly make out the Spanish Pyrenees. The beach also provides a gorgeous setting for memorable sunsets.

There is one café at the beach, situated at the top of the stairs. Here, you can purchase drinks, ice creams and snacks. The café can become busy during the summer months, so bring a picnic to avoid lining up.

Lifeguards patrol the beach from June through August. Look for the flags that indicate the safe areas for watersports and swimming.

Marbella Beach is about a 10-minute drive from Biarritz’s city center. A public bus stop and limited free parking can be found on the street above the beach. When the tide is out, walk between Marbella Beach and Côte des Basques. Find Milady Beach nearby, separated from Marbella Beach by a breakwater. This large beach has a beachfront garden, children’s playground and plenty of free parking.


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Lodging Near Marbella Beach

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$71
Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz

Grand Tonic Hotel Biarritz

58 Avenue Edouard VII, Biarritz
3.8
of 5, from 509 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Biarritz, this hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Grand Beach and Casino Barriere. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Biarritz Aquarium are also within 15 minutes.

$93
Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz

Radisson Blu Hotel, Biarritz

1 Carrefour Helianthe, Biarritz
4.2
of 5, from 329 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

This hotel overlooks Côte des Basques, in the heart of the seaside town of Biarritz and not far from the Grand Plage. Other nearby attractions include the Biarritz Casino and Fishermen Harbour.

$84
Pierre & Vacances Résidence premium Haguna

Pierre & Vacances Résidence premium Haguna

17 Avenue de la Reine Victoria, Biarritz
4.4
of 5, from 206 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in the heart of Biarritz, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Paroisse Notre Dame du Rocher - Eglise Saint-Charles, Grand Beach, and Casino Barriere. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Biarritz Aquarium are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Résidence Eugénie

Résidence Eugénie

54-56 Rue de Madrid, Biarritz
3.6
of 5, from 137 reviews
4.0 out of 5.0

Offering direct access to the beach, this Biarritz residence is within a 10-minute walk of Marbella Beach and Planet Museum of Chocolate. Milady Beach and City of the Ocean Museum are also within 15 minutes.

Idyllic garden flat near the beach

Idyllic garden flat near the beach

58 Rue de Madrid, Biarritz
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Biarritz, this apartment is within 1 mi (2 km) of Marbella Beach, Cote des Basques, and Biarritz Aquarium. Asiatica Museum of Asian Art and Casino Barriere are also within 2 mi (3 km).

$127
Le Biarritz

Le Biarritz

30 Avenue De La Milady, Biarritz
3.9
of 5, from 107 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

This family-friendly Biarritz hotel is located near the airport, within a 15-minute walk of Marbella Beach and Cote des Basques. Biarritz Aquarium and Asiatica Museum of Asian Art are also within 1 mi (2 km).

Le Grand Large - Résidence

Le Grand Large - Résidence

1 Rue Dalbarade, Biarritz
4.2
of 5, from 199 reviews
3.0 out of 5.0

Located in Biarritz City Centre, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Biarritz Historic Museum, Biarritz Aquarium, and Casino Barriere. Cote des Basques and Grand Beach are also within 15 minutes.

Spacious, Stylish Villa With Pool Near Golf Course and Beach of Biarritz

Spacious, Stylish Villa With Pool Near Golf Course and Beach of Biarritz

Avenue de Bidart, Biarritz
0.0 out of 5.0

Situated in Biarritz, this property is within 1 mi (2 km) of City of the Ocean Museum and Cote des Basques. Biarritz Aquarium and Asiatica Museum of Asian Art are also within 2 mi (3 km).