Biarritz on the Basque coast is a vibrant and varied seaside resort
, the location is wonderful with impressive cliffs, a picturesque port and excellent beaches
. Following the curve of the cliffs and along the beaches are the garden promenades, a main spot for evening and daily entertainment. If you enjoy a beach type holiday with watersports on offer or just relaxing on the magnificent sandy beaches Biarritz may be for you. It is an extremely popular resort in July and August.
Surfing is an important popular sport in Biarritz, if you surf or would like to you can get instruction here. If surfing is your sport and you are looking for a little excitement on your holiday the Plage de la Côte des Basques is where the surfers make for. Here the breakers crash against the bottom of the cliffs, another popular beach is the Grande Plage.
The Plage du Port-vieux is perhaps the nicest beach and is a favourite with families it is protected by rocks and the waters are calmer. There are around 5km of beaches so plenty to choose from depending on your requirements and interests, the shore here is without doubt very beautiful.
Behind the Grande Plage is the Casino Muncipal, you can have a lovely stroll through the streets between here and the Plage du Port Vieux, have a walk to the charming harbour Port des Pêcheurs now home to the pleasure boats. You may want to have a meal at one of the fine sea food restaurants, they can be a little on the expensive side but are worth trying.
The town has a fashionable centre with many restaurants, eateries, and bars/cafes for food and refreshment. You may feel the need for a cold beer or glass of wine you can enjoy either on the Place Clemenceau and admire the 19th century sea-front buildings.
There are many boutiques with designer names to be found here in Biarritz some of you may be interested to know! You may want to spend some time looking around the various shops, there are some excellent chocolates to choose from you can also visit the Musée du Chocolat and learn the history of chocolate making. If your interests lie in antiques you will find antique stores to browse around and maybe pick up a bargain. There are plenty of shops to look around and keep you occupied for awhile.
If you would like to visit other tourist/visitor attractions
in the resort here are a few that may be of interest. The Musée de la Mer is located in the Port des Pêcheurs area it has aquariums with more than 150 species of fish and various invertebrates, an underwater viewing area and a shark cavern. It also contains displays on the regions fishing industry. In a former Anglican church is the Historical Museum of Biarritz this museum tells the story of the town. The Museum of Oriental Art the Asiatica, exhibits here include some superb paintings on silk.
Biarritz is within easy reach of a variety of attractions, close by are ancient towns and mountains. The interesting town of Bayonne is only 10-15 minutes away it has picturesque narrow streets to explore lined with small bars and good shopping facilities. You will find museums
that you may like to visit or just enjoy a stroll through the Rue du Port-Neuf a delightful pedestrian area lined with arcades, you may be temped by the pastry shops!.
Nearby is the sea-side town of St. Jean de Lux a very attractive resort with its fine sandy bay, the old quarter with half-timbered houses
There are many activities and places to enjoy in and around the resort of Biarritz you should have an enjoyable holiday break
in this part of France.