How to Spend 24 Hours in Biarritz

Photo of Jennifer Migan
24 June 2017

Life can be hectic at times, especially when you’re travelling between cities. Discover our guide on how to make the best out of your 24-hour layover in the French seaside town of Biarritz.


If you’re only staying one day, connecting with local people right away might not be an easy task. Therefore, choosing Airbnb is probably the best way to get a local experience. Local hosts are usually great at giving you tips on how to maximize your time and can tell you about the hidden gems of the town. And you never know, your host might turn into a private guide or a companion for the day.

Landing in Biarritz – | ©Philippe Dehaye/ Unsplash


No matter what time of year you choose to visit Biarritz, you should definitively stop by the sea. After grabbing a snack in one of the sandwicheries, put your shades on and head to the Grande Plage. If you’re coming in the summer, take a swim; or if you feel like trying something new, why not try a stand-up paddle class? If not, just lie down on the sand and check out the surfers defying the waves. For those coming during the off-season, get some fresh air and opt for a walk along the tide.

After a sweet escape by the sea, why not treat yourself at one of the town’s high-quality spa centers? Thalasso therapy and seawater treatments are very popular in Biarritz. If you’re travelling a lot, taking some time to relax and pampering yourself at a spa might be a great idea before you hit the road again. The Miramar Spa at the Sofitel and Thalmar Spa Center are two of the best.

Why not treat yourself at a spa? / Pixabay

Late Afternoon

Now that you’re feeling rejuvenated, head to Les Halles and wander around for a while. This very famous area in the town is a perfect spot to eat some of the region’s culinary delicacies or to buy souvenirs from your short trip.


When you’re done in Les Halles, head back to the town center and look for “Les 100 marches” (The 100 steps). When you reach the top, you can watch the mesmerizing sunset from the best spot in town. To make this moment even better, have a drink (or two) and some tapas for dinner.

Sunset – | © Sylvain Cazenave

The Next Morning

If you’re catching an afternoon flight, take some time to relax your mind and body with a morning yoga ritual. For a unique experience, book a class with Laura from Namaste Yoga. Highly recommended by both beginners and advanced practitioners, Namaste Yoga offers a wide range of classes, from Vinyasa Flow to Ying Yang Yoga, in a beautiful outdoor setting.

Morning yoga – Courtesy of Namaste Yoga

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