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.
It's a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches, golf courses and numerous sporting facilities, 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.
Accommodation and Restaurants in Biarritz
|Holiday Rentals||Hotels||Bed & Breakfast|
|Self Catering Apts||Camping||Restaurants|
|Real Estate Agents|
Sites and Events in Biarritz
|Summer Events||Bull Fighting||Churches||Museums|
|Pelote Basque||Places of interest||Shopping/Markets||Biarritz Tourist Office|
Conference & Congress Centres in Biarritz
|The Bellevue||The Gare du Midi||Casino de Biarritz||Iraty Exhibition Hall|
Sports and Leisure
|Biarritz Surf Festival||Ball Trap||Bowling||Beaches|
|Boat Hire||Cooking Lessons||Canoe & Rafting||Casino|
|Night Club||Diving School||Equestrian Centre||Fishing|
|Go Karting||Golf||Excursion||Ice Skating|
|Rugby||Sailing Clubs||Sea Fishing boats||Sea Kayak|
|Skatepark||Surf Schools||Surf||Surf Shops|
|Swimming Pool||Tennis Club||Water Skiing and Jet Ski||Wind Surfing|
The Grande Plage beach
in the centre of Biarritz
The Hôtel du Palais on the
Grande Plage in Biarritz
Maps of Biarritz and the surrounding area
|Biarritz Commune||Biarritz Center||Cote Basque||Travel Routes|
|Departement 64||Pays Basque||Distance-Ometer||Aquitaine|
|Biarritz Airport||Bus Services||Local Train Services||Taxi Services|
|Car hire||Cycle Hire||Scooter Hire||Petit Train de Ville|
Other Towns Close By
|Anglet - 5 km North||Bayonne - 8 km North||Bidart - 7 km South|