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Nathalie Cornish, Product Manager

"A sophisticated seaside town with a royal history and a relaxing ambience which makes for a delightful and interesting city break. With just 20 minutes’ walk from central Biarritz to the lighthouse on Pointe St Martin, my top-tip is to climb to the top for sweeping views of the Basque coast. I also recommend the Grand Plage beach where you can wind down in one of the quirky, striped tents, which are iconic to the city. "

Biarritz at a glance

The southwestern seaside town of Biarritz provides a more laid back character than those on the Cote D’Azur, yet it still exudes charm and style. Resting on the French and Spanish border the town was often frequented by the Empress Eugenia de Montijo and her husband Napoleon III in the mid 19th century giving rise to its more glamorous status. The famous Hotel du Palais, which we feature, was originally built by Napoleon for his wife.

Its mild climate makes Biarritz a popular year round destination, and with its mix of French, Basque and Spanish influences there is something for everyone. It’s easy enough to pop over the Spanish border and visit the charming town of San Sebastian for the day and sample the famous Pintxo (tapas) or travel north and visit the pretty Medieval city of Bayonne.

Perfect if you’re looking for:

  • An elegant seaside town
  • Indulgent cuisine
  • A longer getaway 

Getting around

The Biarritz Centre Ville and Port Vieux area is small and compact, though hilly it is easy to get around on foot. You will enjoy exploring the town on foot with its meandering streets, cafes and restaurants. However, there is also a very efficient bus service, within the town itself and also to connect you to Bayonne, St Jean de Luz, San Sebastian and Bilbao. 

Dining in Biarritz

Its situation by the ocean makes Biarritz a seafood lover’s delight. Check out the cafés and restaurants around The Port de Pecheurs or for lunch why not visit the Vieux Port. Near the food market Les Halles there are plenty of bistros to choose from, and if you prefer something more formal Biarritz also has a good selection of good quality fine dining restaurants to choose from. 

Must-try local dishes:

  • Espelette (or veal) Axoa – Basque style veal with espelette peppers
  • Locally sourced seafood 
  • Jambon de Bayonne - a local cured ham 

Shopping in Biarritz

With an array of independent boutiques as well as the bigger outlets such as Galleries Lafayette shopping in Biarritz is a delight, rue Mazagran and place Clemenceau are a good place to start. A trip to the large covered market at the Halles is highly recommended, there you can also sample the local delicacies. 

Get your tailor-made city break itinerary

Osprey Holidays can create a unique short break to Biarritz designed completely around your needs. We can arrange whatever you need, including:

  • All travel and transfers on days of your choice
  • Accommodation from our handpicked range of Biarritz hotels, to suit your budget and requirements

Our award-winning team can provide expert advice and recommendations, from general questions to tiny details. Contact us now for your tailor-made itinerary.

Important information
Population 30,046
Languages French
Currency Euro
Visa Information No visa required for EU citizens
Average temperatures

(monthly highs °C)

Distance from airports
Biarritz Pays Basque Airport 4 km
Railway stations
Gare de Biarritz

Tours and Excursions

Historical Walking Tour

Walk the famous Biarritz Grande Plage, La Rocher de la Vierge and La Côte des Basques, and discover Biarritz’s rich history and beautiful coastline. From small whaling town to fashionable summer retreat of the aristocracy, Biarritz’s architecture matches its eclectic history which can be seen in the blue domed Russian Orthodox constructed in the 19th century for visiting Russian aristocrats, the ornate Hotel du Palais and St. Eugenie’s church.

Local Market Visit and Tasting

Experience the colours and tastes of Les Halles de Biarritz. Led by a local guide, make your way round the stalls meeting the producers and vendors, learning about the culinary traditions and local history of the Basque Country. Sample delicious seafood, foie gras, speciality cured ham, cheese and wines, coffee and Basque cake while soaking up the vibrant atmosphere and planning your next visit!

Basque Cooking Class

The chef will welcome you with a cup of coffee while you go over the day’s menu featuring organic, regional products and local dishes. Experience 90 minutes of hands on cooking in a brand new and fully equipped kitchen, participating at your own pace, then enjoy the delicious 3 course meal you helped create, accompanied by local wines.

We would be happy to arrange an excursion for you. To discuss options with a member of our knowledgeable team or to book, please contact us on 0131 243 8098.