20 Unmissable Attractions in Biarritz

Rocher de la vierge
Rocher de la vierge | © Simon Biggar/Courtesy of Pays Basque Tourisme
Jennifer Migan

From beaches, historical attractions, and outdoor activities, the French town of Biarritz offers something for just about everyone to enjoy during their time there no matter their interests. For those planning to visit Biarritz in a near future, here are 20 of the attractions not to miss out on.

Rocher de la Vierge

Biarritz’s most visited historical monument, the Rocker de la Vierge is an absolute must-see. A gateway takes visitors to this magnificent rock and the impeccable view over the ocean will leave them speechless.

Rocher de la vierge

Port Vieux Neighborhood

A very picturesque place, wander in the small streets and take a swim in the small Vieux Port beach.

Port Vieux Beach

Biarritz Lighthouse

Another highly-praised attraction by the tourists, the Phare de Biarritz stands 45 meters (147.6 feet) high and offers a privileged look over the city’s beauty.

The lighthouse of Biarritz (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, Aquitaine, France).

Biarritz Grande Plage

The most popular beach in town, check out the prestigious buildings nearby such the Hôtel du Palais, the Casino, and the restaurants by the sea as well.

Biarritz Grandplage

Les Halles

Located in the heart of Biarritz, les Halles is the perfect spot to wander around and to take a culinary tour of the region in one place.

Biarritz Marché

Gorges de Kakuetta

Mostly praised for the nice beaches and the ocean, the region’s mountains and wildlife is often underrated. Pay a visit to the Gorges of Kakuetta in Sainte-Engrâce and be amazed by its incredible waterfalls.

Gorges de Kakuetta

Musee de la Mer (Biarritz Aquarium)

Embark in a beautiful odyssey at the Biarritz Aquarium that will have visitors crossing paths with sharks and traveling from the Gascogne Gulf to the Caribbean Seas.

Biarritz. Museo del Mar

Musée Asiatica

The museum’s collection dedicated to Asian art has been carefully selected and showcases great pieces from China, Tibet, Nepal, and many other countries.

Musée Asiatica


Looking for a challenge and a way to spend time with friends or family? Try rafting.

Recommended rafting place: Uhina Rafting located 30 minutes away from Biarritz.


Play Golf

The beautiful and numerous golf course across the region are exactly what golfers need to have a great time in a peaceful environment.

Recommended: Golf Biarritz le Phare and Golf Chiberta.

Golf course

Le Sentier du Littoral

Tourists enjoy this blissful walk along the beaches of Bidart and Hendaye while being surrounded by the beautiful wildlife year round.

The sentier du littoral

Lac Mouriscot

Perfect spot to take a walk or a quick swim in a calmer area in the city.

Biarritz Mouriscot

Sainte Eugenie Church

Located in the Port-Vieux area, admire this neo-Gothic church built during the reign of Napoleon III.

Sainte Eugénie Church

Alexandre Newsky Church

The Orthodox Church of Biarritz was built in 1892 at a time when Biarritz was an imperial city and had a lot of Russian visitors.

Biarritz Eglise Orthodoxe

Pignada Forest

Rent a bike and cycle to this peaceful area located in Anglet.

Forêt Pignada – Anglet

Enjoy the extea (Basque home)

Don’t be surprised by the extea. They are the traditional houses (usually painted in white and red) of the Basque area.

A typical etxea

Horse Riding

A very original way to discover the region’s wildlife.

Horse riding

Cretes of Iparla

Located a few miles away from Biarritz, take a hike in the mesmerizing Cretes of Iparla.

Cretes of Iparla in Bidarray

La Rhune Old Train

Another nice way to get to La Rhune, the highest spot of the Basque region, and have a look over the Pyrenees Mountains.

train de la rhune

Join at Least one Feria

No trip in the Basque region will not be complete without attending at least one of the local ferias (a fair or festival usually held to honor a patron saint) in the area.


Find all the information regarding these attractions on the Biarritz Toursim Office and Pays Basque Tourisme websites.

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