Biarritz is one of the principal resorts on the Côte Basque and the most famous part of the Basque Country
Biarritz is a vibrant cosmopolitan town with magnificent beaches,
golf courses and numerous sporting facilities
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.
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, Thalassotherapy, Restaurants, Markets,
Real Estate Agents
Self catering apartments
Bed & Breakfast
Entertainment, Leisure, Sightseeing
Biarritz Tourist Office
Biarritz Surf Festival
Basque strongmen games
Places of interest
Conference & Congress Centres in Biarritz
The Gare du Midi
Casino de Biarritz
Iraty Exhibition Hall
Sea Kayak - Jet ski - etc...
Boat hire/Boat trip
Sea fishing/boat trip
4 X 4 Excursions
Skiing in the Pyrenees
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