Nathalie Cornish, Product Manager

"A sophisticated seaside town with a royal history and a relaxing ambience that makes Biarritz 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/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 you will find in our brochure, 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 perfect long weekend 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. 

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. 

Dining in Biarritz

Its situation by the ocean makes Biarritz a seafood lover’s delight. Check out the café s 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 

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