In the center of the beaches area, dividing the huge sunbathing beach from the tidal pools is a curved, stone/concrete bridge that takes you out to a scenic point with excellent views up and down the coastline.
The beach to the North West of the city center is long, wide and sandy beach. Plenty of room for laying out and soaking some rays. Life guard stands provide some assurance of safety as the waves are crushing.
This is, in my humble opinion, the only sight worth visiting in Biarritz: its beach, the "Grande Plage". Located between a rocky hill and a lighthouse, it boasts a good 500m of fine sand and some spectacular waves. These can be quite dangerous: back in Biarritz's glory days, Otto von Bismarck, the later first Chancellor of the Reich, almost drowned here on August 22, 1862! He was saved by the lighthouse keeper Pierre Lafleur and became godfather of his son. Ironically, Pierre Lafleur himself drowned only a month later during another attempt of rescueing somebody. French historians are still in excitement about this anecdote: had Lafleur not saved Bismarck, Europe's (and France's) fate might have been completely different...
Nowadays, the beach is under constant surveillance during the day and the lifeguards are very vigilant. More daredevil spirits use the treacherous waves and currents for surfing.
Seemed to be a very popular activity for a windy October day, imagine parking in a safe underground car park, a 5 minute walk to the sea and the shopping later on, with a visit to the casino, all without walking more than a few 100 metres.
There is also a lovely walk along the sea wall. Lots of little stone bridges to cross.
This lovely sea museum has aquariums, a sharks’ tank, seals’ tank, and various collections, models, and exhibitions and is well worth a visit.
There is a panoramic bar in the museum which gives you great views over the ocean and the Rocher de la Vierge.
There is an opportunity to see the seals being fed (check website for times).
Biarritz's casino, opened in 1901, helped transform the town into European tourist destination. This striking white building is located right off le Grand Plage Beach, and still offers slots machines, roulette, blackjack, restaurants and a night club.
Le musee du chocolat is a nice little building full of great aromas, located right in the heart of Biarritz. You'll learn all you've ever wanted to know about chocolate: from the introduction of the cacao bean in Spain by the conquistadores, to the Aztecs, all the way to the arrival of chocolate in France through the port of Bayonne. In addition, they have old machines, molds and several sculptures made entirely of chocolate. You also just might find some tasting samples here and there....
Bottom-line: Obviously quite a draw for chocolate lovers. For the rest of us, there are better things to do in Biarritz.
Just south of le Grand Plage, take the elevated walkway to the Rocher du Vierge. Its name is owed to the white virgin statue adorning the rock. From here you'll find a great view of Biarritz, and plenty of salty sea air.
Built atop le Rocher de la Vierge, a rocky outcrop just south of le Grand Plage, the main beach of Biarritz, le Musee de la Mer offers several nice exhibits and a great view of the town's shoreline. The location right off the coast creates a very authentic setting, with the distinct smell of salt water and the sound of waves crashing below. The main draws are the seals and sharks, but there are other exhibits from seahorses to pufferfish.
Quick tip: Check out the seal feeding at 10:30am and 5:00pm daily
Cost: Adults - about 7 euro
Students and Kids - about 4.50 euro
Bottom-line: Not the largest aquarium, but rarely will you find one in a better location. Also, the view of Biarritz from the seal pool is excellent.
There is no real centre to biarritz and we enjoyed visiting St jean de Luz, bayonne and san sebastian which was such a find. with all the small tapas bars.
at night we walked along the seafront at biarritz where you can see snorklers by the statue even in rough weather.
Biarritz is a summer resort, is small, and beside the Casino or the Hotel du Palais, has little to visit (well, the beach is great). But the Basque region is beautiful, and full of interesting places to visit.
For finger-licking deliciousness, don't miss out on the fruity and chocolatey icecream flavors that local merchants have to offer. Step into any shop that makes homemade icecream and taste test their product. I promise you won't be disappointed!
Biarritz beach is a great refreshing place to visit. It is a deep golden sanded, fresh Atlantic winded, great waves, great to dip into, (keep well inside your depth if you ain't a strong swimmer), great surf, and lotsa surfers, sun, sun and more sun, miles of beach, great fun, lotsa people sunbathing, yet lots of tiny little quiet coves. A walk on the beach is a must, and visit Biarritz itself also of course. Watch out though - prices can be expensive (in 1999) for beer and food, unsure of what else may be...It's well worth the visit - go there if you feel like blowing away some cobwebs and are looking for some golden rays :)
The church in Biarritz is very old, dating back well over 100 and probably 200 or more years. The murals on the ceiling, are absolutely breathtaking, and the outside architecture is very interesting as well.
The town of Biarritz is very beautiful, and even to some extent enchanting. It has a very cozy feel to it, with cobble stone streets, large courtyards, and small open front shops, and restaurants lining the street.
I would suggest a walk through will stopping to dine on some local cuisine along the way.