Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, created Hôtel du Palais at the end of the 19th century and it still towers over the northern end of Grand Plage. A visit is well worth the time, in fact, it is essentially a must see – the interiors and the atmosphere are reminiscent of a bygone era.
The views of the Atlantic waves crashing over the cliffs below are dramatic. This is where the whale watchers would have been on the lookout, at a small building called cloche d'Alarme. A statue of the Virgin Mary, raised in 1865, perches on one of the cliffs that can be reached via a bridge. Nearby is also the quaint Place Sainte-Eugénie and the old fishing port Port des Pêcheurs. Talk a casual walk around and do not forget to pass the park Esplanade de la vierge or the local aquarium close by.
The Musée de la Mer, the aquarium of Biarritz, is a great place to take your family for an impressive marine display. The diverse sea life is portrayed in an elegant and entertaining manner. Eagle rays measuring 90cm in width share their tank with about 30 sharks, barracudas and many more, including seals.
The museum Cité de l’Océan can answer questions like: where does the water in the oceans come from? Did Atlantis really exist? Would we be here if the Ocean never existed? More than one of your senses will be engaged in the fun journey toward learning about the depths of the ocean. 3D animations and interactive devices will guide you along your way.
Some might say that this is just a rock, but there is a reason to why the Virgin on the Rock has a star in the Michelin Guide travel section. It was Napoleon III's idea to place The Virgin Mary statue in this beautiful location which is surrounded by many other great lookout points.
This small fishing port is a quiet and romantic place to rest on a busy day. The area is perfect for hiking and gives you a great view in the evening. A number of small restaurants and cafés will await you with local delights, and why not enjoy a glass of wine while watching the sunset.
Get some fresh air and enjoy the Basque landscape.The Takamaka team at Sports Nature equips you with everything you need for an exciting day out: bikes, surfboards or kajaks can be borrowed and you can even book a canyoning or sky diving trip! The experienced team helps you with hiking maps and advice for day routes.
This family restaurant invites you to a traditional Basque dinner. The dishes are simple but creative and carefully prepared by the chefs. The friendly staff will help you with the choice of the perfect wine to accompany your meal which makes an evening at Les Rosier a memorable experience.
This bar is a Biarritz dining institution and has been around for over 30 years. Located in the Market Halls, this place is a must for lovers of Tapas and Spanish delights. Lean back and let the attentive staff take care of your wishes. Why not try the wonderful Paella with some white wine?
When strolling around at the Great Beach of Biarritz, la maison Dodin is the perfect place for taking a short (or long) break. Take in the great view onto the ocean while enjoying a cappuccino and choosing sweets out of a huge range of homemade pastries, macarons, ice cream and sorbets. At Dodin, they also sell caramel which is said to be a "gourmandise" (=delicacy).
Le café du Commerce provides great service nearly all day long, starting with small and bigger breakfast menus in the morning and ending with a great variety of french and international dishes in the evening. The casual and relaxed atmosphere perfectly reflects the spirit of surrounding Les Halles, which is very dynamic and at least just as interesting.
La Coupole is right in the heart of Biarritz, at the famous square Clémenceau and close to both the Great Beach and the Casino. Surrounded by many stores and local shops, the modern but friendly decorated café offers fresh food with a lot of flavours that will serve for every need: breakfast, lunch, coffee break and dinner.
The café of the Hotel Palacito welcomes guests from early morning till late at night, serving various breakfast, brunch and lunch menus all day long – at night, the café even turns into a trendy cocktail bar. Enjoy the atmosphere either on the warm and bright terrace or in the modern and inviting space inside, with large bay windows and a great view to see.
If you like to hang out with friends, discuss sports over some beer and have an idea about rugby, this place is your fit. The Red Café has become a specialised sports hot-spot and has a dedicated crowd of regulars. Tourists are certainly also welcome, especially those looking for a cosy place to watch a match.
On the Biarritz main beach, you can find the luxury Nightclub Carré Coast. If you are up for some dancing, relaxed conversations and a cocktail on the beach, this is the right place for a weekend out. The club is open until early morning hours and invites for some serious partying.
Enjoy Basque flavours at this authentic market, as a great offer of fresh fruit and vegetables plus a friendly atmosphere make this place a favourite spot for locals. If you want to find a great variety of offers, make sure to come early, the market usually closes around noon.
Whether riding the perfect wave or preferring to remain on firm ground, More and Less provides you with the ideal sports gear. The experienced staff will help you choose your surf- or longboard and equip you with everything else you need. Stay a bit longer for some advice on how to get started.
France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.
Although the ocean in Biarritz never freezes, the best time to visit is during spring and summer: roughly from May until September, the city itself and tourism reach their peak, whereas from November until February rain and colder temperatures dominate, inviting visitors to drinking hot chocolate in cosy cafes.
The airport in Biarritz is located only a few miles from the city, and it also serves nearby Anglet and Bayonne. Several buses get you in to the city as well as the train. Train: From the Airport, you can get to Biarritz-La Négresse train station by using Chronoplus line C. The journey takes about 10 minutes. Bus: To travel to Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne, you can use the Chronoplus urban transport network, the local bus service. Bus Line nr 14 runs between the Airport and Biarritz centre. It operates Monday to Sunday. For more information, please check the following website: www.chronoplus.eu Regional Bus Service: The ATCRB runs a regular bus route starting from the airport, to Hendaye, stopping at Biarritz-La Négresse train station and then in the towns of Bidart, Guéthary, St-Jean-de-Luz and finally Hendaye. For more information, please check the website: www.transports64.fr There are also several car rentals such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar at the airport. Taxis are available outside the terminal building. You can also arrange a taxi pick up in advance.
The STAB operates Biarritz’s local transport system. Tickets are valid for one hour. The Chronoplus bus network operates in Biarritz Anglet and Bayonne. Tickets for one journey can be bought on the bus. There are also traveller’s passes: 10-journey ticket, a seven-day pass or a 24-hour pass. These can be bought at tobacco stores. There is also the Spanish bus company PESA that runs two times a day to Bilbao and San Sebastian in Spain. This bus departs just outside Biarritz Tourist Office.
Pharmacies have alternating opening hours during nights and weekends. Addresses are posted at the pharmacies, in the Sud-Ouest newspaper, and at the visitor information bureau. Pharmacie de la Gare du Midi 20 Avenue du Maréchal Foch, Biarritz +33 559 241 282 www.pharmaciegaredumidi.com Pharmacie Kennedy Biarritz 21 avenue Pres J F Kennedy, Biarritz +33 559 417 414 pharmacie-kennedy-biarritz.fr