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Biarritz view |Courtesy of Pays Basque Tourisme
Biarritz view |Courtesy of Pays Basque Tourisme
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10 Reasons Why You Should Visit Biarritz At Least Once

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Updated: 20 June 2017
For a long time coined as a place only for “the rich and famous” only, Biarritz is increasingly becoming a cosmopolitan place highly praised by youngsters from all over the world. Here are the top ten reasons why you should head to the French Basque Coast right now.
Biarritz view
Biarritz view | Courtesy of Pays Basque Tourisme

You Can Visit the City Year Round

Definitively a hot touristic spot during the summer, Biarritz is also worth visiting during the off-season. You will enjoy the quieter atmosphere and it will be easier (and probably cheaper) to stay in the city center and to visit the city’s historical sites.

Get Some Fresh Air By the Sea

Regardless of where you stay in Biarritz, you will only be a few minutes away from the sea. Start your day on a great note by taking a quick dip in the sea or walking on the beach before it gets too crowded.

The Surfing Spots

Biarritz is famous worldwide for its legendary surfing spots. If you’re thinking about giving it a try or just want to be surrounded by gorgeous surfers, no need to go all the way to Australia, this is the place to be.

Surfer in Biarritz beach
Surfer in Biarritz beach | © Benjamin Bertaud

Its Beautiful Landscape Inspired Game of Thrones

In the trailer of season seven, you can see a glimpse of some of the magical sites of the city. And just for that reason, you should come visit.

Goodies For the Foodies

One of the best things about France is that as you’re traveling across the country, you get to taste each region’s delicacies. Taste some Bayonne ham, ardi gasna (sheep cheese), ttoro, and spice up your meals with some Espelette pepper. You can thank us later.

Experience Slow Life

Although Biarritz is quite crowded and very animated during the summer, it’s also the perfect place to chill. Enjoy the lazy mornings, having long meals in trendy places by the seaside, spending the day at the beach perfecting your tan, and sitting on a nice terrace with a drink before your night out. And when you wake up the next morning with blurry memories from the night before, do it again.

The Diversity of the Region

Once you have visited Biarritz’s historical sites and surfed the area’s waves to exhaustion, take some time to explore the cities close by—Anglet for its incredible spas, Bayonne for its exquisite gastronomy and Guethary, Saint Jean de Luz, and Hendaye if you are on a mission to experiment on all the waves in the area.

Spain is Around the Corner

Planning to visit multiple cities or countries in one trip can be a pain sometimes. With the Spanish frontier only 30 minutes away, you should definitively spend at least one day in San Sebastian.

The Outdoor Sports

Lying on the beach all day is probably your sole plan when arriving in Biarritz (and that’s perfectly fine), but there are plenty of outdoor activities that you might want to try during your stay. If surfing is the most widespread activity on the beach, you can also play beach rugby, play golf or try out chistera (Basque pelota), the traditional sport of the region.

People playing chistera
People playing chistera | © Tourisme Urrugne

The Diverse Party Scene

One of the reasons why more and more of people come each summer to Biarritz is that they can party on the beach during the day and move to the nightclubs very close to the sea at night. In addition to that, there are numerous ferias (local festivals) throughout the summer where you get to party with the locals and experience another side of the region’s culture while having a blast.