Biarritz is one of the principal resorts on the Côte Basque and the most famous part of the Pays Basque
Biarritz came to fame in the mid 19th Century, when Empress Eugenie
(the wife of Napoleon III) fell in love with this part of the Basque
country and built a Palace on the beach at Biarritz, which is now the
world class Hotel du Palais, and a centre
with natural springs at Eugenie les Bains in the Landes.
Eugenie invited foreign royalty to stay with their entourages and courtiers; Queen Victoria
of Britain, who came regularly over a period of 30 years, and sundry
Spanish, Swedish, Dutch, German, Russian nobility.
The Russians built
their own magnificent Orthodox Church next
to the Palace.
The principle architecture in Biarritz was not typically Basque, but
rather a blend of 19th century city residences, large and expansive,
made of local stone bricks. If you bought one of these houses now, you
would probably find titles such as the Prince, Duke, Baron, Marquee
etc. on the title deeds.
Biarritz has a lot more
than beautiful buildings to offer today.
Biarritz is a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches,
golf courses and numerous sporting
not forgetting the surf
Surfing started in France here in Biarritz in 1957 and surfers come
from all over the world to ride the waves.
Lodging, Restaurants, Markets
Self catering apartments
Bed & Breakfast
Real Estate Agents
History, Culture, Entertainments
Basque strongmen games
Places of interest
Biarritz Tourist Office
Conference & Congress Centres in Biarritz
The Gare du Midi
Casino de Biarritz
Iraty Exhibition Hall
Sports, Leisure and Excursions
Sea Kayak - Jet ski - etc...
Rafting and Canoë
Boat hire/Boat trip
Sea fishing/boat trip
The Grande Plage beach
in the centre of Biarritz
The Hôtel du Palais on the
Grande Plage in Biarritz
Local Train Services
Petit Train de Ville
Maps of Biarritz and the surrounding area
Other Towns Close By
Anglet - 5 km North
Bayonne - 8 km North
Bidart - 7 km South