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Biarritz Things to Do

  • Lighthouse Walk

    The tall, white lighthouse stands out at the North end of the sweeping beach. The walk to the lighthouse was the subject of a Impressionist painting by Joquin Sorolla.

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  • Bridge on the Beach at Biarritz

    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.

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  • Enjoy the wide, pleasant beach

    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.

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  • Cathedral and Crypt Sainte Eugenie

    In the heart of the old town is the Cathedral and Crypt Sainte Eugenie. In addition to being a major religious focal point, the cathedral also serves as a venue for music programs and exhibitions.

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  • La Grande Plage

    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...

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  • Tidal Pools

    While the ocean pummeled the beaches, the rocks surrounding Biarritz provided shelter to several very accessible tide pools, where kids with hand nets tormented tiny fish.

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Biarritz Restaurants

  • Breakfast at Miremont

    With views from the room of the ocean, and dark wood paneling, chandeliers, Miremont is a step above your typical breakfast place... and you pay a little more for the ambiance. Eggs, coffee, a muffin and orange juice ran my about 13 euro, but it was very nice and the servers wer very nice. Long famous, since 1872, for its caramels, the display of...

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  • Tikia - by the ocean

    Restaurante Tekia is a open, airy restaurant with inside and outside seating. An excellent selection of wines where you can get half a carafe at a reasonable price. Prix fix menu provided several choices for two plates and a dessert. My salmon was very good. The restaurant attracts a fair amount of tourists and it was easy to engage several in...

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  • Bar de la Gare - Gare de Biarritz

    Just out the Gare de Biarritz is the Bar de la Gare....and with a name like that, and the fact I had a two hour wait until the next train North to Bordeaux, it was a good place to spend some time updating my journals and enjoying a couple of glasses of wine. It turned out entertaining as there was some drama in that two young American girls had...

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Biarritz Nightlife

  • Along rue Clemenceau

    Along rue Clemenceau are a number of bars with lots of folks enjoying the outdoor patios. This group was enjoying their own multi liter beer dispenser. This was not the first for the evening.

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  • Casino

    Machine à sous et jeux de table 1 avenue Edouard VII Tél : 05 59 22 77 77 fax 05 59 22 77 99 e-mail :casinobiarritz@lucienbarriere.comMachines à sous Basse saison : tous les jours de 10h à 3h du matin, jusqu'à 4h du matin les vendredis et samedis Haute saison : tous les jours de 10h à 4h du matin Salle de jeux Basse saison : de 18h à 3h du matin...

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  • Discothèques

    LE CAVEAU4, rue Gambetta LE BLUE CARGO (café concert)plage d'Ilbaritz/Bidart LA CITERNE (café concert)Avenue Edouard VII LE COPACABANA24, avenue Edouard VII LE FLAMINGOCasino Municipal, 1, avenue Edouard VII L'IBIZA1, boulevard Général de Gaulle PLAY BOY CLUBRésidence Grand Hôtel, 15, place Clémenceau LA PLAGE Avenue de la Marne LE WINNER21,...

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Biarritz Transportation

  • Gare de Biarritz

    The train station at Biarritz is an easy station to navigate through. The size is relatively small considering the size of the city. The downside is that it is several miles away from the city center. There is a bus that goes from the train station to the city center, however, it makes many stops. There was also a taxi queue with several taxis...

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  • Local bus from downtown to the train...

    For less than 1 euro there is a local bus that heads from just below the tourist information station to the Gare de Biarritz. It makes about ten stops, but it is comfortable and easy to take. Less than 30 minutes.

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  • train from pau

    train are very good and on time, and especially cheapwe paid 6,20 euros for a one way from biarritz to pau

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Biarritz Shopping

  • CHOCOLAT

    When in this part of France you must go to a chocolate festival or to the chocolate museum and you must definitely eat and buy chocolate. The nearby town of Bayonne (easily reached by bus) holds a festival of "indulgence" under the auspices of the "Académie du Chocolat" (the association whose role it is to promote Bayonne chocolate). The chocolate...

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  • Extravagant shops.

    Biarritz has some great boutiques, exclusive brands, like Hermes, but also you´ll find some extravagant shops like this antique shop.

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  • BOUTIQUE BASQUE

    If you have been robbed (as me) of forgotten some presents, here you may step inside and buy whatever you want to.

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Biarritz Local Customs

  • Le musée de la mer

    Plongez dans le golfe de Gascogne Au cœur de Biarritz, à deux pas de la Grande Plage et dominant l’océan, le musée océanographique de Biarritz propose une approche très complète de l'océan, de sa flore et de sa faune. Le parti pris est d'illustrer les liens historiques, géographiques, économiques et culturels entre la ville de Biarritz et sa côte...

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  • Why are the trees so malformed?

    It is customary in Southern France for trees to be trimmed back extensively every year. I think this trimming looks ugly. I would certainly like to know (1) what trees this is done to and the (2) reason for such heavy back trimming.

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  • Local acrhitecture

    This country house has common features of buildings in the southwestern part of France. The roofs are made from ceramic tiles with stuccoed walls made of cement blocks.

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Biarritz Tourist Traps

  • Parking metres

    dont overpay when you pay remember you do not have to pay during siesta hours. we paid for the time we wanted but the machine gave us additional time so if your clever just pay up until the time shown.

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  • Potentially Expensive

    Had this in "Warnings & Dangers", realized it wasn't actually life threatening, so I moved it here ... Biarritz is potentially expensive!! I speak for 1999 when I was there. My facts could be outdated, so best confirm if you want facts! However, in 1999, this is how it was : We bought two pints of beer and two glasses of coca cola, and it totalled...

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Biarritz What to Pack

  • Umbrella's ? Forget It !

    Backpacks for all you walkers Good wind protective gear, Waterproofs, Good walking boots, Thick Socks Plasters, Water, Sunglasses, Toilet Roll ( You never know when nature calls ! ) Definately any kind of photographic equipment, as long as its not too bulky as you may have problems lugging it around, espcially on the rockier parts of the...

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  • take the biggest umbrella you can think...

    everything you can find against humidity and rain umbrella,umbrella,umbrella,and do not forget to take an umbrella camping is very nice if you like to sleep in the water,because rain is everywhere picture is church sainte-eugenie

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Biarritz Off The Beaten Path

  • French Rugby international

    follow the road from biaritz to bayonne and you will come accross a large department store called l'eleceric. just accross the road is a small coffee house where an ex french international works, by a florist . He has on display his shirts and photos. He is very welcoming and modest. Dont know hs name though.

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  • Ainhoa, Sare and other small towns.

    Around Biarritz you can find small and beautiful towns like Ainhoa, Sare or Larun with the zipper train. And in the Spain side the wonderful San Sebastian (Donostia), and Fuenterrabia (Hondarribia) with it´s amazing balconies.

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  • The time of the whales

    To the Midded Aged, Biarritz is a small harbor whose fishers are famous for their cleverness to harpoon the whales. The oil of the animal is then very sought-after to illuminate the houses. One also uses the bones and the coasts to manufacture some fences; skin, cut in thongs, to prepare the seats or helmets. Of course, one also eats the flesh, in...

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Biarritz Sports & Outdoors

  • Surf destinations: Biarritz or Hossegor

    As well as being newly built, Hossegor also doesn't have much choice in types of surf breaks. This whole section of coast is just one long beach so if the wind is blowing onshore then there is no shelter. Biarritz has more of a rocky coastline so there are all sorts of surf spot types. This corner of the Bay of Biscay is the warmest so in the high...

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  • Le Paradis des surfeurs

    Biarritz est un des "paradis des surfeurs" du monde entier. Chaque année, des compétitions permettent aux meilleurs spécialistes mondiaux de se mesurer aux vagues de la côte Basque.Biarritz is from all over the world one of the " paradises of the surfers ". Every year, some competitions allow the best world specialists to tackle to the waves of the...

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  • Biarritz Annual Surf Festival

    For a week each July, Biarritz hosts a world class longboard surf competiton on the Cotes des Basques Beach. Thousands of surfing fans flock to the city each year, which makes for a pretty crazy weeklong party. Check out the website for more details.

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Biarritz Favorites

  • go to beach at night

    we found the night life kinda quiet in biarritz so after goin to newquay one night we headed to the beach at 3 n it was packed with people-it was really good fun and a alternative to going clubbin!!

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  • Cocktails and dinner at the Hotel Du...

    Cocktails at the Bar Imperial of the Du Palais Having dinner at sunset at the outdoor restaurant of the Hotel Du Palais, L´Hippocampe, next to the pool and with a beautiful view of the beach.

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  • La Plage Miramar

    Elle se situe juste sous l'institut Thalassa, construit à l'emplacement de l'ancien et somptueux hôtel Miramar (créé en 1927) et qui a donné son nom à la plage, l'une des plus à la mode de la côte dans les années 30. (Elle s'appelait auparavant plage BERNAIN.)Face à la plage, le rocher de la Frégate est colonisé par les goélands et les cormorans....

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