In the 19th century, under the realm of Napoleon III and Empress Eugenie, Biarritz became the most prestigious seaside resort on the Atlantic coast. Today, it remains an attractive holiday destination in South-West France.
Let us guide you through the historical heart of this cultural hub, ideally located on the Atlantic coast at the foot of the Pyrenees and near the Spanish border.
Iconic sites :
→ Villa Eugénie or Hôtel du Palais,
→ The Art Deco Casino,
→ The Russian Orthodox Church with its glorious blue dome
→ The Imperial Chapelle,
→ The Fishermen’s Port built by Emperor Napoleon.
Biarritz’s famous beaches : Miramar beach, the Grande Plage, Port Vieux, the Côte des Basques (known for surfing), the Marbella beach and the Milady beach.
Biarritz, a favoured location :
→ For ocean lovers : the Museum of the Sea and Aquarium, the City of the Ocean (interactive museum), the Rock of the Virgin, the lighthouse, the beaches, …
→ Enjoy its various outdoor activities (surf, mountain sports, water sports, rugby, golf, …)
→ An Internationally reknown cultural calendar with many festivals throughout the year : dance, the Biarritz Festival Latin America (an international film festival), Audio visual Programs, concerts, exhibitions…
Immerse yourself in the heart of the Basque Country, with its charm and traditions.
Biarritz surroundings :
→ Bayonne : Capital of the Basque Country, Bayonne has strong policies on heritage and culture and obtained France’s official « Town of Art & History » status in 2012, , the Basque museum, the pelote (jai alai, traditional Basque sport), Bayonne’s Festival. Bayonne is also famous for its chocolate!
→ Saint Jean de Luz : very picturesque fishing village & port. Famous for its macaroons and for its beautiful church St Jean Baptiste which was chosen to host the marriage of Louis XIV and the Infanta Maria Teresa in 1660.
→ Hendaye : Don’t miss the Castle observatory Abbadia, a site beyond your imagination! Hendaye is also famous for its 3 km long sandy beach.
→ Saint Jean Pied de Port : Nestled at the foot of the Pyrenees Mountains, it’s an ancient town and the traditional start of the French Way to Santiago de Compostella.
→ Cambo les Bains : the Villa Arnaga, a heritage site and museum devoted to Rostand’s (the author of Cyrano de Bergerac) life and Basque architecture and crafts. Blessed with a mild climate, Cambo is also a well known thermal station.
If you need more information on Biarritz : www.biarritz.fr