Basque Coast - South West France

Biarritz is one of the principal resorts on the Côte Basque and the most famous part of the Basque Country

biarritz view from the lighthouse

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.

The Grande Plage beach in Biarritz Jo Dix the fishing port Ste Eugenie square

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,

Holiday Rentals Real Estate Agents Hotels Self catering apartments Bed & Breakfast Campsite Thalassotherapy Spa Restaurants Markets

Entertainment, Leisure, Sightseeing

Summer Events Disco's Casino Biarritz Tourist Office
Beaches Lakes Coastal trail Biarritz Surf Festival
Bull Fighting Basque strongmen games Museums Places of interest Churches Webcams
Camping LE VIEUX PORT, Messanges Hotel des Remparts, St Jean Pied de Port Victoria Surf Apartments, Biarritz Plums surf School, Biarritz

Conference & Congress Centres in Biarritz

The Bellevue The Gare du Midi Casino de Biarritz Iraty Exhibition Hall

Water Sports

Surf Scuba Diving Sea Kayak - Jet ski - etc... Rafting Sailing Windsurfing
Boat hire/Boat trip Sea fishing/boat trip Fishing Yacht Marina Swimming pool

Sporting Activities

Pelote Basque Golf Horse Riding Tennis Club Rugby
Skatepark Go Karting Quad 4 X 4 Excursions
Bowling Billiards Ball trap Ice Skating Skiing in the Pyrenees

The grande plage beach in Biarritz centre (Photographie Jean Philippe Plantey)
The Grande Plage beach
in the centre of Biarritz

Hotel du Palais in Biarritz
The Hôtel du Palais on the
Grande Plage in Biarritz

Local Transport

Biarritz Airport Bus Services Local Train Services Taxi Services Car hire Cycle Hire Scooter Hire Petit Train de Ville Helicopter Hire

Maps of Biarritz and the surrounding area

Biarritz Commune Biarritz Center Cote Basque Travel Routes Departement 64 Pays Basque Distance-Ometer Aquitaine

Other Towns Close By

Anglet - 5 km North Bayonne - 8 km North Bidart - 7 km South