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The beautiful and unique French Basque country is a fantastic region for a fun family holiday. This summer, why not try out one of the many campsites the region has to offer? In this article, you’ll discover the best camping sites in the French Basque country, both on the coast and inland.

The great thing about French camping vacations is that there is always something for everyone. You can relax at the pool, enjoy sports and other activities the campsite offers, make friends on site, take day trips to nearby beaches and mountains, and the kids will have plenty to keep them busy! If you’re feeling adventurous you can spend the day exploring, but if you just want to chill, these campsites have everything you need to stay 

This article is for travelers who plan on spending their holidays camping in the Basque country, but if you are just passing through, there are fun one-day guided trips like this one, focused on visiting the little villages. There is also this tour, where you can visit the main cities of the French Basque country.

Best camping sites on the French Basque Coast

Camping Harrobia in Bidart

The village of Bidart, situated between Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, is especially loved by the surfing community. The beautiful sandy beach, which is just a 5-minute walk from Camping Harrobia, is where you and your family can enjoy surfing lessons or simply lounging in the sand and building sandcastles. You should check out my article on the most beautiful villages in the Basque country, too, for day trips to gorgeous little towns you can’t miss during your trip.

Camping Harrobia has different places you can call home for your vacation – mobile homes, chalets, and even flats in a proper building if you’re not that into camping. There’s something for every member of the family. For little ones between the ages of 5 and 12, they have the kids’ club to keep them busy all morning and all afternoon with fun activities planned where they can make friends, play, and give their parents some much-needed chill time.

The bar and restaurant serve up local Basque food and there’s a bakery to get fresh bread every morning (we all know how important that is in France!). You can loan books, games, and sports equipment, take guided tours around the area, and work out with fellow campers at yoga, volleyball, water aerobics, ping pong, and other sessions.
Book your stay here.

Camping Paradis – La Ferme Erromardie

Set right in the center of Saint-Jean-de-Luz, this campsite is perfectly located for beach days, exploring the beautiful town center, and a mix between a nature and city break. You can choose between a mobile home and a terrain to pitch your tent, and the campsite has what you need for food on site. But you’ll likely want to enjoy some of Saint-Jean-de-Luz local restaurants, too!

Located right on the beach, Camping Paradis is perfect if you want to enjoy the many local beaches during your vacation. But they also have a lovely heated swimming pool, ping pong tables, kids’ play areas, a library, and themed events in the evenings. There’s everything you need right on site!

Book your stay here.

Camping Bela Basque in Anglet

Set in the middle of Bayonne and Biarritz, two of the region’s most iconic cities, this campsite provides the perfect base from which to explore the French Basque country. You and your family can pitch a tent or rent one of the following: a mobile home, a chalet, or the budget-friendly Tithome, a solid house with a tent part attached to make it bigger.

Camping Bela Basque is well-equipped to provide you a convenient, fun family holiday. They have a restaurant, two heated pools, a kids’ pool play area, sports fields, massages, and more. Events in summer include themed party evenings, activities and outings for children, and sports and workout sessions. It’s also situated right next to a small lake with child-safe beaches and a quick drive from Biarritz’s many famous beaches.
Book your stay here.

Camping Yelloh! Village Ilbarritz Côte Basque

At Yelloh! you can opt for a campsite to set up your tent or a comfortable rental unit and you have a dedicated tourist info point where you can pick up maps and get advice about exploring the Bidart and Biarritz area.

The whole family will have fun at Yelloh! – there’s a dedicated teens club with video games and speakers, a canine park for dogs to roam freely, fun events like laser games, climbing walls and night-time swimming, and much more. Plus, it’s convenient, too – on site you’ll find a grocery store, laundry facilities, a restaurant and snack point, bike rental, surfboard hire, and you can even hire a barbecue for your summer dinners.

Book your stay here.

Camping Juantcho 

This campsite is perfect if you want to be close enough to a town to explore, but also right on the beach. Located just on the outskirts of central Saint-Jean-de-Luz, you have multiple beautiful beaches with all the water sports you can dream of as well as the stunning town center to enjoy restaurants, shopping, sightseeing, and more.

At Camping Juantcho you can choose to pitch a tent or rent a mobile home unit, all set among green hedges and trees, making for a peaceful escape from hectic daily life. While there’s no swimming pool or other services on site, you’ll probably be spending all of your time on the beach, in town, or doing other fun activities like paragliding, surfing, canoeing, cycling, or horse riding.
Book your stay here.

Sunêlia Berrua in Bidart

Located in Bidart, a hilly seaside town with lovely beaches and very near to the famous Biarritz and Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Camping Berrua is a great option for your summer holiday in the Basque country.

This campsite is part of the same family as the one mentioned above – Yelloh! Here, you’ll find more accommodation options, including larger houses for up to 6 people, as well as different levels of cottages and chalets.

If you’re looking to relax during your trip, you’re in luck – they have a spa on site with facial and body treatments, massages, a sauna, whirlpool baths, and hydro-jet massages. They also have more than one fantastic heated swimming pool with slides, massage chairs, and an aquatic games area for kids and adults alike.

If you want to relax and give your kids some adventure, you’ll find clubs for kids and teens from ages 5-17 to keep them busy with fun activities and help them make friends all summer long. There’s an endless list of activities including sports, workout programs, dance lessons, creative workshops, canoeing, surfing, hot air balloon rides, horse riding, golf, and a ton more available on their website.
Book your stay here.

Tamaris Plage Camping

Another beautiful, convenient, and fun campsite set in Saint-Jean-de-Luz is Tamaris Plage Camping, a 4-star resort with plenty of amenities for grownups and kids alike. Here you can rent a cute cottage or a studio apartment with a balcony and you can also pitch a tent or drive up with your camper van.

A heated, covered pool is perfect for days when you don’t feel like going to the beach, and the jacuzzi, sauna, and hamman will give you that space to relax and unwind during your vacation. You can buy fresh baguettes every morning (a must for French holidaymakers!) and enjoy the restaurants on the oceanfront just a quick walk from the campsite. There are also kids’ play areas and a free shuttle in summer that take you to the town center and back every hour.
Book your stay here.

Beautiful Campsites near beautiful Basque villages and the Pyrenees  

Domaine Chalets Larlapean

Set about 50 km inland from Saint-Jean-de-Luz, this beautiful campsite boasts mountain views and lots of peaceful green scenery. You’ll be close to beautiful villages like Saint Jean Pied de Port and Espelette and only 15 km from the Spanish border if you want to do a day trip to a whole other country.

On site, you and the family can enjoy a heated, covered swimming pool, kids’ play areas, a snack point and bar, and other activities. But this campsite is known for its calm tranquility instead of fun party evenings – people come here to relax and enjoy nature.

Book your stay here.

Camping Des Gaves 

Located even further inland and right at the foot of the Pyrenees mountain range, this campsite has gorgeous mountain views and lots of fun activities to do. You can choose between multiple chalet options for your accommodation, and they also have an apartment block that’s a warmer choice in the winter months.

If you and your family enjoy hiking in summer, this is the perfect spot for you. You can find information about the many nearby hiking trails on their website. Camping des Gaves also boasts two heated swimming pools and a kids’ aquatic park, and nearby activities and attractions like a train ride through the mountains and thermal bath spas. They are also open in winter for you to enjoy a ski trip in the mountains.

Book your stay here.

Camping Ixtila Mobilhome

Set inland from the Atlantic coast and right on the Spanish border, the backdrop of Camping Ixtila consists of mountains, cliffs, and lots of peaceful greenery. It’s a beautiful, relaxing place to get some fresh air and escape the hustle and bustle of the city.

You can either set up your tent or your camper van or reserve a chalet or mobile home unit. The campsite provides the opportunity to go on hikes in the mountains, meet local farmers, and taste their specialties, and there’s a little grocery store, bar, and pizzeria on site.

In the surrounding countryside, you can enjoy scenic trails for biking and walking, discover caves and cliffsides, or do some fishing, canyoning, or bird-watching, 

Book your stay here.

Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via Lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

If you’re touring the Basque country, you can’t miss Bayonne – the capital of the French side of this wonderful region. Not only is it one of the most beautiful cities in the area, surrounded by the ocean and the Pyrenees mountain range, but it’s also a foodie destination of note. If you like chocolate (who doesn’t?!) and delicious, aged cured ham – jambon de Bayonne – you can’t miss this great city. As you can probably guess, my to-do list is going to include lots of foodie adventures!

The best way to discover Bayonne is through food. If you don’t have much time, I highly recommend taking this walking food tour. This 5-star rated tour in English, Spanish, or French takes you through the streets of the city on foot, stopping not only to admire the views and architecture but to taste your way through Bayonne. 3.5 hours of sampling some of the region’s finest delicacies – chocolate, seafood, cheese, Basque cake, house cider, cured meats, and other unique items.

Bayonne is one of the most gastronomic experiences in France
A foodie experience in Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

If a walking tour is not your thing, this eco-friendly electric Segway and bike tour is another great way to get around and see the city with experienced guides. They stop at the most notable sights in the city and kids are welcome.

Here’s my personal list of favorite things to do in Bayonne. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoy touring the city! If you’re also looking for accommodation in Bayonne, check out my article about Where to stay in Bayonne.

A gastronomic vacation in Bayonne – the French Basque country

Stroll the streets of Grand Bayonne

The river Nive crosses through the city center and separates Grand Bayonne from Petit Bayonne. Grand Bayonne is home to the most important historical sites, including the cathedral, the fortifications, the botanic gardens, and the Château Vieux. The lovely timbered, colorful houses make up the traditional architecture of this part of France and are beautiful to see as you stroll around town.

The beautiful streets of Bayonne
Le Grand Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Some of the most charming streets include Rue Port Neuf, rue Poissonnerie, rue d’Espagne, rue de la Monnaie, and Rue de la Salie.

Historical monuments you shouldn’t miss: The gothic cathedral of Sainte Marie, dating back to the 13th century,  go around the back of Château-Vieux to see the massive fortifications and Roman ramparts surrounding the city, the Town Hall, and the grand houses in the historical center.

You can also take this guided tour to discover the fascinating history of Bayonne.

Visit the Market

France is known for its gastronomy and one of the best places in any town to get a feel of the local food and wine selection is at the market. Bayonne is no exception in that it has a fantastic food market held from Tuesday – Saturday at the Halles de Bayonne.

You’ll find cured and fresh meats, delectable cheeses, fine pastries, fresh bread, wine stands, fishmongers, local fruit and vegetable stalls, and much more. It gets especially busy on Saturday mornings when many more stalls are added around the Halles in the open air, so be sure to get there early!

Halles de Bayonne - the main market of Bayonne
Les Halles de Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Petit Bayonne – Discover the more local part of the city

This neighborhood is filled with charming streets and plenty of cool little cafes and restaurants with terraces overlooking the riverfront. As you meander through the small streets, you’ll see plenty of amazing street art everywhere so remember to take your camera!

Where to stay in Bayonne - le Petit Bayonne district
Le Petit Bayonne district – by Lost in Bordeaux

Some of my favorite food shops in the Petit Bayonne neighborhood include: 
Monsieur Txokola, Saloire Ibaialde, La Laiterie Marengo, and La Maison Du Gâteau Basque. 

You can read more about Le Petit Bayonne in my article about the best districts of Bayonne.

Jambon de Bayonne – taste it and learn about it

The famous jambon de Bayonne is cured and seasoned with local spices from Espelette, a town nearby where the spices grow in abundance. The ham is such a big part of Bayonne culture and tradition that they even have a Ham Festival that takes over the city every Easter.

While you’ll be able to try Jambon de Bayonne at nearly any bar or restaurant in town, the two places that you must visit are Sailoir Ibaialde in Petit Bayonne, who also offer tours, and, right in the city center, Musee du Jambon Aubard.

Sailoir Ibaialde - the best place to taste Jambon de Bayonne
A visit to Sailoir Ibaialde – by Lost in Bordeaux

Drink hot chocolate

Bayonne is famous for its chocolate because that’s where chocolate was first made in France before spreading out over the country, back in the day when this region was still known as old Gascony. It was brought over by Jews fleeing the Spanish Inquisition and today still, some of the best chocolate shops in the country can be traced back to Bayonne.

If you like hot chocolate, you absolutely have to visit Chocolat Cazenave, which dates back to 1854. Here they make the warm drink the traditional way it was made when it first arrived in Europe. Cazenave roasts their own beans and makes their own chocolate paste before melting it in warm milk and frothing them together for a delectable treat any time of day or night.

Chocolat Cazenave - the oldest chocolate shop in Bayonne
My kids enjoying Chocolat Cazenave’s hot chocolate

Buy a fancy chocolate home

Let’s stick with the sweet tooth theme!

There are amazing chocolate shops all over Bayonne, one of my favorites is Chocolaterie Puyodebat. I like to stop there and buy some artisanal chocolate bars to take home. They also have a Salon de chocolat, or a tea room, called La Tasse à Moustache, where you can try their amazing hot chocolate inside or on the terrace in the sunshine.

Chocolaterie Puyodebat - one of the best chocolate shops in Bayonne
Chocolaterie Puyodebat – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you are interested in discovering how chocolate is made, I recommend heading to the Petit Bayonne neighborhood to Monsieur Txokola where they do daily demonstrations of how they produce their amazing chocolate.

Street art in Bayonne

One way to get to know the city is by wandering around the charming little streets and photographing your favorite street art. Most of the interesting works are in the Petit Bayonne and Saint-Esprit neighborhoods. You can use the St’art application to discover some of the best street artworks in the city.

Stunning street art in Bayonne - one of the best things to do in Bayonne
Street art in Le Petit Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

There’s also a festival dedicated to street art called Festival Points de Vue. if you’re in town while it’s on you’ll see all kinds of fun, new, open-air art installations across the city.

Go to a photography exhibition at Didam

One of the best cultural hotspots in Bayonne, Didam is the contemporary art museum in the city center that you can’t miss. They host fantastic photography exhibitions and they also hold workshops if you’re the artsy type. Check their website for opening times and tickets.

See an exhibition in  Didam in Bayonne
Photography in Didam in Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Take a walk along the quays

Bayonne has a great riverfront in all of its three touristy districts. There’s nothing like a stroll along the water to clear your head and open up the appetite!

In the city center in the Grand and Petit Bayonne districts, you’ll find plenty of restaurants and cafes where you can stop for a drink in the sunshine. If you go a bit further there are lovely calm, green promenades where you can walk or cycle in the fresh air away from the city buzz.

A walk along the riverfront in Bayonne
A walk along the riverfront in Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Taste cheese from one of the best cheese makers in the world

There’s an impressive amount of stunning cheese shops in Bayonne because just like most regions in France, this one is home to several specialty cheeses. But one cheese shop stands out above the rest and is a must-visit – Christophe Fromager.

Christophe Fromager - one of the best cheese shops in the Basque country
Christophe Fromager – by Lost in Bordeaux

Christophe was crowned the Vice Champion du Monde Fromager in 2017, meaning he basically came second in a global competition of cheesemongers. The shop is a testament to his experience, travels, and knowledge of local products as well as his fantastic connections with regional farmers.
From the moment you walk into the shop, you’ll be transported by the different smells and sights of hard, soft, smelly, aged, crumbly, flaky, creamy, and many more kinds of cheese. You’ll definitely want to buy some to take back to your accommodation and make a little cheese platter for apéro hour.

Do a Hawaiian canoe trip on the Adour and Nive Rivers

A uniquely fun way to discover a new city is by water. Take this boat tour for fun, adventure, and sightseeing all mixed into one!

The trip is made on Hawaiian pirogues, which are typical island boats, ideal for sailing in wide open spaces. It’s also very eco-friendly and great for the whole family. Kids over 7 are welcome and there is no specific fitness level required. During the trip, you’ll pass under the ancient bridges and admire Bayonne’s three main districts from the water.

Do a Hawaiian canoe trip on the Adour and Nive Rivers
Hawaiian canoe trip – photo by Pirogue & Surf

Take surfing lessons in Anglet

Anglet, Bayonne’s adjoining city to the south, is a great place for surfing lessons. With the Gliss Experience surf school you can do a couple of hours or a full day and you’ll learn to surf in the crashing waves on Cavalier Beach. Running from April to November, you can even enjoy the waves in the low season.

Surfing lessons in Anglet
Surfing lessons in Anglet – by Lost in Bordeaux

Visit Jardin Botanique

Next to the Chateau Vieux in Le Grand Bayonne, you’ll find lovely, peaceful botanical gardens. With a strong Japanese influence and beautiful landscaping, you can enjoy lovely views over the ramparts as the gardens are perched seven meters above them. It’s like a little green oasis in the middle of the city, and one of the reasons Bayonne has such a high “floral ranking” – the official French classification of how many flowers and plants decorate a city.

Enjoy a cycling tapas apero

Everyone knows that apéro or pre-dinner drinks are a major part of French culture. Why not try your apéro hour in Bayonne on a bike? Grab an electric bike on this tour and cycle around with an English-speaking guide who will stop to tell you a little about the city’s history and architecture before taking you to the waterfront for tapas and drinks.

If you prefer not to cycle, there are also a few great tapas bars in the center of Bayonne, such as the rooftop of OKKO Hotel, Ibaia, or Les Arcades.

Day trips from Bayonne

Bayonne can be a great base from which to discover the Basque country if you’re staying for a longer period of time. There is so much to see and do in the beautiful Basque country!

If you have a car, you’ll be able to visit a few of the hidden gems, but even if you don’t, there are plenty of places to visit by public transport. 

Biarritz 

Biarritz is a beautiful Basque town in the Biscay Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, known for its surfing beaches and lively atmosphere. Biarritz boasts impressive architecture and an amazing gastronomic scene, yet at the same time, it exudes a cozy, small-town energy, making it a perfect weekend destination. It’s so close to Bayonne that the two have merged together with Anglet in the middle and you can access it by public transport or by car. Here you can read more about what not to miss in Biarritz.

A perfect weekend in Biarritz

Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Located just 25km from Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is one of the most charming destinations in the Basque country. The seaside town with its cozy atmosphere is sitting within a vast bay, facing the Atlantic Ocean. It boasts five beaches, so make sure to take your swimsuit!

It is renowned for its unique Basque architecture, where lively streets showcase the charm of the old town with vibrant half-timbered houses.

San Sebastian

Known as the foodie capital of the world, San Sebastian is located on the Spanish side of the Basque country and less than an hour’s drive from Bayonne. Boasting the highest number of Michel-starred restaurants per capita in the world, San Sebastian is the place to be for food lovers. But it’s not all chic and expensive – the city is filled with tiny pintxos, or tapas, bars where you can taste local delicacies for cheap.

There are also lovely beaches, surf schools, great museums and a beautiful historic old town where you can go shopping and see old churches.

Hendaye

Hendaye, the last town before crossing over the Spanish border, is located just a 30-minute drive from Bayonne. With great beaches and surf schools, it’s a fantastic place to visit with the family in summer. It’s also situated in a bay that creates a safe swimming zone without any huge waves or rip tides, making for a great family-friendly place to swim.

Vallée des Aldudes or Vallée de Baïgorry

This valley, set in the Pyrenees mountains, is breathtaking to see and delicious to taste because it’s also a foodie destination. With its winding river and towering mountains, you’ll want to stop at five little towns in this valley: Ossès, Saint-Etienne-de-Baïgorry, les Aldudes, Banca, and Urepel.

All the best things to do with kids in the French Basques country

Famous for the AOP Ossau-Iraty cheese, the AOP Kintoa ham, and the AOP Irouléguy wine, this region has everything you need to make the perfect apéro tasting platter! You can also do wonderful hikes with stunning views across the valley.

Getting there from Bayonne by car will take you just over an hour.

The best hotels in Bayonne:

I have a full article about the best neighborhoods in Bayonne and the best hotels to stay in each one. But here are three great ones to save you some time. 

Hôtel des Basses Pyrénées – Bayonne
This stunning 4-star hotel is situated right next to the famous Sainte Marie cathedral and is really central for your stay in Bayonne. With a stunning courtyard out front and a really good restaurant, you’ll be in the center of all the buzz.

Hôtel Villa KOEGUI Bayonne
Located just across the Nive River from the city center, this 4-star hotel is home to a restaurant with terrace seating, sauna and gym, and a great buffet breakfast. It’s within walking distance of everything you want to see in both the Petit and Grand Bayonne districts.

Boutique Hôtel Un Appart en Ville
If you prefer self-catering accommodation, this apartment offers you a little space and privacy as well as a kitchen. It’s very well-located, right in the center of Grand Bayonne, and you can even rent bikes right on the property!

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Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via Lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

Biarritz is one of the biggest towns in the French Basque country offering quite a few vibrant and charming neighborhoods for its visitors. I wrote this district guide to help people looking for a place to stay in Biarritz. For that, the tourist part of Biarrtiz was divided into three parts: the city center, the north of Biarritz/ and the south of Biarritz. I also added a few recommended hotels for every district mentioned in this article. I included both 3 and 4-star hotels and also one very luxurious option so that everyone can find something for their budget and needs.

Biarritz, of course, has many more neighborhoods than I mention here but since this article is predominantly written for tourists staying in Biarrtiz for just a few days/ weeks, I included only the most central neighborhoods. From any of these districts, it’ll be easy to discover all the amazing things Biarrtiz has to offer.

After you choose your hotel make sure that you read my article about the best things to do in Biarritz and a guide to a weekend in Biarritz.

Where to stay in the center of Biarritz 

While the center of Biarrtiz is by no means a big area, I decided to divide it into three parts as they have very different vibes to them. 

Port Vieux – the most beautiful part of Biarritz 

Popular for its charming atmosphere, nightlife scene, and great beach, Port Vieux is the most visited part of Biarritiz. The main attractions include Plage du Port Vieux, a lovely kids-friendly beach, and Rocher de la Vierge, offering stunning panoramic views of the coast. 

Port Vieux - the most beautiful part of Biarritz
Port Vieux in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Around the Sainte-Eugénie Church, the streets are full of cafes and boutique shops, and a few minutes from the church you’ll find Le Port des Pêcheurs, one of the most romantic places in Biarritz. It is a little harbor built by Napoleon III in the 1800s and previously served the city’s fishermen. You can still find the fishermen’s little colorful houses, some serving as restaurants with a beautiful view of the boats docking at the port.

Recommended hotels in the Port Vieux neighborhood

Hôtel de La Plage
Just steps away from Plage du Vieux Port, the hotel offers a natural, peaceful atmosphere, with a prime ocean-facing view. With its comfortable rooms and an excellent continental breakfast, this is a great accommodation when you stay in Biarritz. Click here to book.

Résidence Vacances Bleues Le Grand Large – great for families!
If you’re traveling with kids this is a great option for you. It’s an apartment hotel with spacious rooms and a kitchen in every apartment, so if you rather cook than go out for dinner, this option is perfect. The high building itself is not extremely charming but the rooms are nice and the view is spectacular. It’s also perfectly located within a few minutes walk from all the restaurants and Plage Port Vieux. If it’s a bit cold outside for a beach day, the hotel offers a heated pool. Click here to book.

Hôtel Palmito
Just a stone’s throw away from the beach, the Palmito Hotel is a cozy, well-designed place. Its white and brown tones, palm trees on the walls, and wood and straw details give the vibe of a perfect summer vacation. Click here to book.

Les Halles – the most lively part of the city 

Les Halles is the lively heart of the city, centered around Marché aux Halles, Biarritz’s main market, and one of the best attractions this city has to offer. This bustling market, housed in a charming Art Deco building built in 1885 has since become a gastronomic institution. You can find here the best regional delicacies, fresh produce, artisanal treats, and even amazing coffee. 

Around Les Halles de Biarritz - one of the liveliest parts of Biarritz
Around the market – one of the liveliest parts of Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

When visiting Les Halles you should also check out the Jardin Public, which provides a peaceful green space for relaxation after a day of sightseeing. Lastly, this area is also the main nightlife spot of Biarritz, with lots of bars and clubs to explore. 

Recommended hotels in the market area: 

Ama Hotel 
If you like to stay in the heart of the city, this stylish hotel is a lovely option. It was designed by Basque architect Raymond Larrebat Tudor, and its design reflects a blend of Basque heritage and modern comfort. Located just a few minutes from the beach and the casino, the Ama Hotel is perfect for those looking to be close to everything Biarritz has to offer. Click here to book.

Hôtel & Espace Bien-être La Maison du Lierre
This urban 3-star hotel is Situated only 300 meters from the beach and a short walk from Biarritz’s convention centers, market, and train station. The hotel’s Well-being Space offers access to sauna and spa treatments, which makes it ideal for those seeking a pampering retreat in a central location, whether with family or for a relaxing getaway. Click here to book.

Hotel Villa Koegui
If you usually love to stay in boutique hotels, Villa Koegui Biarritz is a great option. The 4-star hotel is located very close to the beach and the main market of Biarritz. If you book the breakfast option you get to enjoy it in their lovely garden. Just one issue, the shower opens to the bedroom, meaning that it doesn’t have a separate door (I know it’s an issue for some people). But other than that it’s a great cozy hotel with great staff and service. Click here to book.

Grande Plage – the posh and the most touristy part of the city 

Surrounding the main beach, the area is known as the posh and touristy part of Biarritz, featuring the city’s iconic casino, and a bustling shopping area. The Grand Plage is a wide and popular beach and is in proximity to many hotels in Biarritz which makes it very crowded in the summer. For those seeking the city beach ambiance and not particularly inclined towards surfing, this spot is an ideal place to relax during your stay in Biarritz.

The Casino on the Grande Plage of Biarritz
The Casino on the Grande Plage of Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Grande Plage is a great area for restaurants and amazing local chocolatiers. If you’re seeking a lively and vibrant atmosphere with plenty of amenities and attractions within walking distance, this is a don’t-miss for you!

Recommended hotels: 

Hôtel Le Windsor
This 4-star hotel is located right on the main beach of Biarritz with an amazing view of the ocean. It’s situated in what used to be a private mansion and has a very elegant white design. This hotel is perfect for couples on a romantic vacation 🙂 Click here to book.

Hôtel Le Café de Paris
If you enjoy gourmet luxurious experiences, this 4-star gem is for you. With a restaurant overseen by Michelin-starred chef Cédric Béchade, and a viewpoint from every room on Place Bellevue and the sea, it’s the perfect spot for a memorable stay in Biarritz. Click here to book.

Hôtel du Palais Biarritz – the fanciest hotel in Biarrtiz 
Most of us can’t afford this one, but it is really the best hotel in Biarritz so I have to mention it here 🙂 Hôtel du Palais Biarritz is the epitome of luxury and elegance, perched overlooking the Atlantic Ocean. Founded in 1854 as the former imperial residence of Napoleon III, it offers a high-prestige experience. offering exquisite dining options and spoiling wellness packages, it’s a real dream destination for those looking to indulge in a lavish getaway. Click here to book.

Bibi Beaurivage – the surfers’ district of Biarritz 

Nestled above the renowned Côte des Basques Beach, Bibi Beaurivage is a haven for surf enthusiasts and beach lovers alike that exudes a laid-back vibe and vibrant energy. 

As you stroll through the quaint streets lined with charming fisherman cottages, you’ll feel the unique spirit of Bibi Beaurivage. Here, locals, surfers, and holidaymakers gather at the iconic Etxola Bibi café, where rosé flows freely, hearty tapas are savored, and a breathtaking beach view unfolds before your eyes. 

Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view of the Côte des Basques beach in Biarritz
Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view of the Côte des Basques beach

With its proximity to surfing schools, cool surfers’ bars, and the bustling city center, Bibi Beaurivage offers the perfect blend of tranquility and vitality for your stay in the Basque Country.

Recommended hotels in the Bibi Beaurivage district: 

Surf Lodge Chambre d’hôtes
Conveniently located near Cote des Basques Beach, this bed and breakfast accommodation offers quiet street views and a fully equipped kitchen in the rooms. The lodge is within walking distance of Plage Marbella and Plage Milady, making it a convenient choice for beach lovers in Biarritz. Click here to book.

Best Western Kemaris
A lovely 3–star hotel situated in a typical French Basque house. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the surfing beach and about 10 minutes walk from all the shops and restaurants in the city center. The rooms are very bright and the design is quite minimalist (in a good way). Click here to book.

Casaviel – a bit farther away near the Milady beachLocated in one of the oldest farms in Biarritz, close to the beaches and the ocean, the Casaviel guest house has an elegant and authentic style, that maintains the original architecture of the 17th-century building. This gem is hosted by Diane and Lucas, avid surfers, who offer excellent homemade breakfasts, a warm welcome, and personalized recommendations for their guests.  Click here to book.

Saint Charles and the Phare – the more quite posh neighborhood

Saint Charles and the Phare offer a quieter and upscale atmosphere, characterized by beautiful architecture and stunning views from the lighthouse area. Visitors can explore charming boutiques and cafes while enjoying the tranquil surroundings of this picturesque neighborhood.

The beautiful Regina hotel in Biarritz
The beautiful Regina hotel in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Recommended hotels:

Regina Experimental Biarritz
Le Regina is a marvelous 5-star hotel situated in a 1907 Belle Epoque building with an amazing Art Deco lobby. Besides the beautiful design, it has great amenities such as a big outdoor pool, a spa, a chef’s restaurant, and more. The hotel is located between the main beach and Biarritz’s famous lighthouse. It’s very close to the main shopping street and about 20 minutes walk from the main market and the old port. Click here to book.

Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel
Once a prestigious garage for vintage cars, and today a 4-star luxurious hotel, Le Garage Biarritz Hôtel embodies the essence of Biarritz’s coastal charm. With its raw and refined style, and panoramic sea views, a colorful vintage spirit infuses every corner. The big terrasse and the outdoor swimming pool offer serene spaces to unwind and to “recharge your batteries”, and its location just steps away from the ocean promises an amazing coastal experience. Click here to book.

Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via Lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

Bayonne serves as the capital of the French Basque country and stands as the largest city in the region, boasting a population of 50,000 residents. While not classified as a small town by Basque standards, its relatively compact and cozy center makes it an ideal destination for tourists. If you’re seeking accommodations in Bayonne, this article offers a comprehensive guide to the best neighborhoods and hotels/accommodations available in each.

Before we start here are a few other articles you might like if you’re planning a trip to the Basque country: Beautiful villages in the French Basques, Weekend in Biarritz, All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz.

Where to stay in Bayonne, let’s go!

Le Grand Bayonne  – the most historic and central district

Nestled along the banks of the Adour and the Nive rivers, the Grand Bayonne neighborhood in Bayonne exudes an irresistible charm steeped in history and culture. Its labyrinthine streets are adorned with colorful half-timbered wood buildings, quaint cafes, and artisanal shops, inviting visitors to wander and explore at leisure. 

Grand Bayonne is the most ancient neighborhood of Bayonne and as such it harbors most of the monuments in the city. Among them, you’ll find the beautiful building of the city hall and the theatre, le Château Vieux, and the majestic Cathedral of Sainte-Marie, a stunning Gothic masterpiece dating back to the 13th century.

The vibrant streets of Le Grand Bayonne district
Le Grand Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Grand Bayonne’s vibrant atmosphere is further enriched by its bustling market and the gastronomic richness of cheese, chocolate, and ham shops. At lunch time locals gather here to sample fresh produce and regional delicacies. With its picturesque scenery and rich heritage, Grand Bayonne offers a captivating glimpse into the soul of this enchanting Basque city.

If you’re looking to stay in the most central part of Bayonne, Le Grand Bayonne is the place. Here are a few recommended hotels in Le Grand Bayonne.

Hôtel & Restaurant Des Basses Pyrénées a 4-star hotel located in the heart of Bayonne, a few minutes walk from the Cathedral. Housed within a beautifully restored building, the hotel exudes a timeless elegance, blending traditional architecture with modern comforts. The hotel features one of the best restaurants in Bayonne, called le Restaurant des Basses Pyrénées. 
Book your stay here

Hôtel & Restaurant Des Basses Pyrénées  in Bayonne
Hôtel & Restaurant Des Basses Pyrénées – by Lost in Bordeaux

Libertitu – charming apartment and rooms in Bayonne, located within a 3-minute walk from the heart of the historic center of Bayonne. You can choose between a double and triple room and a big apartment for 9 people. The place also offers free parking. Book your stay here

Hôtel Le BayonneThis 4-star hotel is located slightly out of the historic center, but within a few minutes walk to the Quai Amiral Jaureguiberry with all its terrasse restaurants. This is a great option for families as the hotel has bigger rooms and features an outdoor pool.
Book your stay here

Other good hotels in Le Grand Bayonne are: Le Grand Hotel (Mercure), Hotel Le Port Neuf and Miradour City Break.

Le Petit Bayonne – the young and cool part of Bayonne 

Cross the Nive River to the other side and you’ll find yourself in Le Petit Bayonne, one of the most popular districts in Bayonne. The small neighborhood is positioned at the confluence of the Adounr and Nive rivers, positioning it in a prime location. In Just a few minutes walk you can get to the main market in Le Grande Bayonne or the train station in the Saint Esprit neighborhood. 

Its narrow cobblestone streets are lined with colorful Basque-style houses adorned with traditional timber frames, creating a picturesque backdrop for exploration. This vibrant district is renowned for its lively atmosphere and eclectic mix of cafes, bars, and boutiques. Along the riverfront of the Nive, looking over the Grand Bayonne, you’ll discover a string of restaurants and tapas bars, where locals and tourists love to sit on sunny days. 

Where to stay in Bayonne - le Petit Bayonne district
Le Petit Bayonne district – by Lost in Bordeaux

The university is also located here, as well as the Basque Museum and the Bonnat Museum (currently undergoing renovation). In general, Le Petit Bayonne is the more arty, vibrant, and youthful part of town and I would even call it the hipster side of Bayonne. 

Here are a few recommended hotels in Le Petit Bayonne.

Hôtel Villa KOEGUI – one of the best hotels in Bayonne is located here in le Petit Bayonne. Hôtel Villa Koegui is an elegant 4-star hotel featuring a sauna, a small gym, and a gastronomic restaurant. 
Book your stay here.

Hôtel Villa KOEGUI - one of the best hotels in Bayonne
Hôtel Villa KOEGUI in Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Basque villaIf you traveling with a big family or a group of friends you can enjoy this beautiful Basque villa that is located a few minutes walk from the center of Le Petit Bayonne. The villa offers four big rooms and a cute garden where you can have a BBQ in the evenings.
Book the villa here.

Villa la Renaissance – If you don’t mind walking about 20 minutes to get to the center, this stunning hotel is a great option. The rooms of the hotels are beautifully decorated and you have a pool for the hot summer days in Bayonne.
Book your stay at Villa la Renaissance here.

Saint Esprit 

Saint Esprit is a historic neighborhood situated on the north banks of the Adour River and where the Bayonne train station is located. Saint Esprit is connected to the historic center (Le Petit Bayonne and Le Grand Bayonne) by the eponymous bridge. This is where most of the more affordable hotels are situated so it’s a great option if you’re on a budget. 

Steeped in centuries of rich heritage, Saint Esprit boasts a fascinating tapestry of cultural influences, from its origins as a medieval village to its vibrant present-day community. Founded in the 12th century, this village was once an autonomous municipality called Saint-Esprit-lès-Bayonne, attached to the Dax district in the Landes region. Initially inhabited by monks of the Hospitaller Order of the Holy Spirit, hence the neighborhood’s name. It also became home to Sephardic Jews fleeing the Spanish and Portuguese Inquisitions in the late 15th and 16th centuries. It wasn’t until the 19th century that Saint Esprit became a part of Bayonne. 

In this district, we can find several important historic monuments like the Citadel of Vauban and the synagogue (although neither one of them can be visited). But the neighborhood is mostly interesting for its artistic side. Here you can find some of the best street art in Bayonne, as well as DIDAM, the cultural center dedicated to photography. Just next to DIDAM, don’t miss the independent Cinéma L’Atalante with its cute café.

Saint Esprit district in Bayonne
Saint Esprit district in Bayonne – by Lost in Bordeaux

Saint Esprit is a relatively big district but I suggest that you stay closer to the river, around the Saint Esprit bridge.
Here are a few recommended hotels in the Saint Esprit district.

Péniche DJEBELLE – the most special option on this list, sleeping on a traditional boat. There are two deluxe rooms on this boat, that come with private bathrooms. In the morning you can have a fabulous breakfast on the terrasse. 

Book your stay here.

ibis Styles – Ibis is located just next to the Saint Esprit Bridge in a stunning building with a view of the Adour River.  The hotel has 45 rooms in different sizes, making it a great option for single travelers, couples, and families.
Book your room here.

Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette
A family trip to the French Basque country

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

The beautiful and unique French Basque country is a fantastic region for a fun family holiday. Many travelers are more familiar with the Basque country across the border in Spain, and while this article contains a couple of suggestions on the Spanish border, I mostly explore the French side of this famous region.

If you’re planning a family trip to the Basque country in the most southwestern part of France, you’ve come to the right place. Please note that many of the attractions mentioned below are closed during the winter months, so if you’re traveling out of season, be sure to check the relevant websites.

If you’re looking for family-friendly accommodation, you will find them at the end of this article. And if you’re traveling soon and still haven’t booked any activities, you may want to do it now to ensure availability.

Here are some of the best activities in the region requiring prior reservation.
Surfing lessons for kids in Biarrtiz
Rafting on the Nive river
E-bilke family guided tour

What to do on a family vacation in the Basque Country

Go to the beach 

There are plenty of amazing beaches on this stretch of coastline, perfect for long walks, surfing, tanning, swimming, and other fun summer activities. Locals enjoy the beaches year-round and many are totally safe for kids. Hendaye, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, and Ciboure are all situated in bays that create safe swimming zones without any huge waves or rip tides, making for great family-friendly places to swim. 

A kids friendly beach in Saint Jean de Luz, the Basque country
The central beach of Saint Jean de Luz – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you’re staying in Biarrtiz, try Plage du Port Vieux, one of the most beautiful and kids-friendly beaches in the French Basque country. If you don’t mind traveling a bit, Hossegor Lake is an amazing place for kids. 

In summer there are lifeguards keeping an eye on swimmers and even beach clubs where your children can learn to swim (depending on their age).

Learn to surf

The French Basque county is a surfers’ heaven and if your kids are in the mood to learn surfing you’re in the region place. There are many surf schools in places like Bidard, Biarritz, and Hossegor, which are all considered the surfing hubs of the Basque country.

surfing schools for kids in the Basque country
Take surfing lessons on the Basque coast – by Lost in Bordeaux

You have quite a lot of options here, from group lessons to surf camp which is where you take a few days’ worth of intensive lessons and hopefully come out the other side a pro! This five-day surfing course in Anglet (near Biarrtiz) is a great opportunity for kids over 7 years old to be experts in surfing.  

However, if you’re pressed for time, there are private teachers who can give your kid the basics of surfing in a couple of hours.
If you’re staying in Biarrtiz, La Vague Basque is a great surfing school offering both private and group lessons. In Bidard, Taiba Surf Club is a fantastic school for 8-year-olds and older. Aquality school in Bidard is a great option for smaller kids who want to try surfing for the first time. And finally, if you’re staying closer to Hossegor in Les Landes, Watermansports is great for 6yo and up.

Aquarium in Biarritz

One of the most well-known kids’ attractions in the Basque country is the lovely Biarritz aquarium. Your kids will marvel at the wide variety of sea creatures, from the tiniest starfish to imposing sharks. You can watch the staff feed the seals in the outside pool or feed the sharks in the tanks, which is always a fun experience for children.
You can book your tickets here.

Rafting down the Nive River 

If you want an unforgettable experience in the Basque nature, rafting is one of the best options. The Nive is a river that starts in Bayonne and passes through beautiful villages like Itxassou and Bidarray.

There are rafting companies in the French Basque country. One that I can recommend is NCKD which is located in Itxassou (not far from Biarrtiz), an ideal starting point for a rafting adventure on the Nive River. They offer three rafting adventures (from one hour to a full day) for adults and kids over 10 yo. 

Rafting down the Nive River near Biarritz – photo by NCKD

Another option for smaller kids (8yo and up) is rafting on the Ouse River near Pau. The rafting adventure is offered by Parc Aquasports which is located in Bizanos. You can book it here.

Kids will love this activity and it’s very safe with all the necessary gear being provided by the local companies!

Take the train to La Rhune Mountain 

Inland from Saint-Jean-de-Luz and near the Spanish border you’ll find La Rhune train station and tracks. Take a ride and experience the magnificent view over both the French and the Spanish sides of the Basque country. You and your family can also do a hike there!
The train station from where you take the train is located just next to Sare, one of the most beautiful villages in the Basque country. The train operates from April to the beginning of November.

Visit the caves of Sare

Another fun attraction in Sare is its famous caves. You can explore the caves carved out of the cliffside, the megalithic park, and the museum which explains the history of human evolution and is a great educational outing for kids.

Les Grottes de Sare is open almost all year long, It closes only for a few weeks after Christmas break.

Parc Animalier Etxola 

Staying in the Sare region, we have the fantastic Parc Animalier Etxola. A visit to this animal park is one of the best things to do with kids in the Basque country, especially if you’re traveling with little ones.

You’ll get to see uncommon domesticated animals, some of which are endangered. Think different types of sheep, camels, lamas, Basque pigs, ducks, and buffalo. There are also pony rides available for children and a place to eat on-site. It’s a guaranteed family fun outing! The park is closed in the winter and usually opens up at the end of March.

If you’re looking for a zoo, you can try the Labenne Zoo which is located just north of the Basque country, about 30 minutes drive from Biarrtiz.

Skateboarding lessons in Bayonne

Do your kids express interest in skating? A vacation in the Basque country can be an amazing opportunity to kickstart their skateboarding journey or refine their skills!
Andrea is a highly qualified instructor and avid skateboarder in Bayonne and he’s passionate about sharing his expertise with enthusiasts of all levels. He offers 60 to 90-minute skating classes for kids over 6 yo. You can choose between joining a group or taking a private lesson – see all the details here.

Route du Fromage – Visit a cheese producer farm

France is famous for cheese, and each region has its own specialty. The Basque country is known for Ossau-Iraty, a pressed, unpasteurized, and absolutely delicious sheep’s milk cheese. 

There are more than 20 cheese-producing farms in the French Basques that are open for visits and it’s a really great activity to do with kids. Some farms just sell cheese, others offer tours where you can see the sheep and taste the cheese and some even have guest houses and you can sleep there! Visiting a farm is always a great experience with kids because it’s eye-opening and can give us a deeper appreciation for our food.

Here you can find all the farms you can visit on the famous Basque cheese route. If you’re a big group of people I recommend taking the French Basque Country Farms & Food Tour offered by the Txiki Combi (a company that offers plenty of fun tours in the French Basques.

Atelier du Piment d'Espelette
Atelier du Piment d’Espelette and ossau Iraty – by Lost in Bordeaux

Hike with kids on the The Ursuya mountain 

Why not make time for a beautiful, kid-friendly hike during your Basque break? Whether you like mountain hikes or coastline walks with views of the sea, there is something for everyone. Simply check this website for the best trails for all ages.

If you’re looking for a guided hike, Laëti’tes Balades is a great local company that offers family-guided tours in the French Basque. They have this fun half day guided hike near Saint Jean de Luz you can join with your kids.

Le Château des Enigmes – Château de Laàs

Next on our list of family-friendly places in the Basque country is the Château des Enigmes. Offering group games like scavenger hunts around the whole domain, an escape game, treehouses, and even a magic school, this is a fun outing for kids of all ages. You can also visit the château and walk around the parks and gardens. Be sure to check the website for opening times during the year!

Château d’Abbadie (Abbadia, le Château Observatoire)

Another idea for family fun in the Basque country is to visit one of the most beautiful castles in the region, Château d’Abbadie. All the rooms are very well preserved and the visit is spectacular. They also have great activities for kids, like family treasure hunts and science workshops.

Château d’Abbadie is located in Hendaye, just next to the Spanish border and it’s open almost all year long, except three weeks in January – see the opening hours here.

Château d'Abbadie - the most beautiful castle in the French Basque county
The entrance to Château d’Abbadie – by Lost in Bordeaux

Bid’A Parc

Bid’A Parc is a great amusement park for the little ones! With plenty of rides, roller coasters, games, and activities, it’s like a mini Disneyland in the heart of the Basque country. There are numerous food options available, including restaurants and shady picnic spots if you prefer to bring your own food. This amusement park is a must-visit with kids of all ages, so check out their website and make sure you plan a stop there!

Bid’A Parc is located in Bidard, a few minutes drive from Biarritz and it opens for the season at the end of March. You can’t buy tickets online.

WOWPARK 

Closer to the Spanish border in Urrugne we have the WOWPARK, also called, Le Plus Grand Parc de Loisirs Aventure. Advertised as a fun park with plenty of games and activities for people from ages 2 to 12, WOWPark is the perfect place for outdoor fun. You and your kids alike will have plenty of fun climbing, crossing, crawling, exploring and sliding throughout the adventure park. The park is open from April to August. 

Go to the Saint-Pée lake

Lac de Saint-Pée-Sur-Nivelle is a leisure park with tons of fun activities like Stand Up Paddling, inflatable water parks,w and much more. It’s definitely worth a detour on your Basque country road trip. You and your family can spend all day on the beach of the lake, each one doing the activities he or she enjoys, and you can meet up for lunch under the trees.

Taste chocolate in Bayonne 

Bayonne, the capital of the French Basque country is also known as the French chocolate capital. The charming city abounds with stunning chocolate shops and hot chocolate cafés. The oldest and most famous is Chocolat Cazenave, with its beautiful cups of hot chocolate. Another fun stop is the Chocolate museum, where you and your kids can learn all about the art of chocolate making.

La foret aux lapins

One very cute place for little kids is the Bunny Forest or La fôret aux lapins. You’ll find a variety of wild and domesticated rabbits and hares, Guinea pigs, and a great presentation of local plant life.
The forest is located in Itxassou, a beautiful Basque village, and is open all year long.

Family-friendly hotels – where to stay with kids in the Basque country

The French Basque country is spread over a rather small region so no matter where you decide to stay, you should be able to get to any of the places I mentioned within less than an hour. On my many visits to the Basque county with my kids I had the chance to stay in very different parts of the region. We had an amazing time on the coast near Saint Jean de Luz in the summer and enjoyed the city vibe of Bayonne in the winter. In the spring and fall I really love staying in the mountains or the inland stunning villages, around Ustarritz. 

All of these places have their charm so you can’t really go wrong here. 

If you rather be closer to the Atlantic coast these are great places to stay with kids: Boutique hôtel Maria-Christina, Domaine de Bordaberry, Irigoan vert

Staying inland will help you discover more of the stunning countryside of the Pays Basque, here are a few recommended accommodations for families: Le Moulin de Pascale, Les Villas d’Harri-Xuria, Etxe Goxoan chambres d’hôtes, Domaine Xixtaberri.

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If you’re a big family or traveling with friends, here are a few great larger accommodations you will probably like: Maison dans la Prairie, Les Matitis.

family trip to the French Basque country
With my family in Bayonne

Here are all my other Basques country-related articles to help you plan your trips:
Most beautiful villages in the French Basque country
Weekend in Biarritz
All the best things to do and eat in Biarritz
What to do in Espelette

You can also get plenty of tips on things to do in the Southwest of France via lost in Bordeaux’s social media accounts and email list, check them out here:

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*Note – Some of the links in this article include affiliate links for which I earn a small commission. It adds absolutely nothing to your cost and helps me continue writing about this amazing region. Don’t worry, I’m not getting rich here, I’ll never recommend anything I don’t believe in 🙂 

This is the list of all the best Easter events and treasure hunts taking place in the Bordeaux region on Paques (easter weekend). If you want to plan your next few weekends here, don’t forget to check out my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux in April.

The best chocolate places in Bordeaux

For those of you who want to buy some fancy chocolate, I just published an article about the best chocolate shops in Bordeaux. Finally, in this article I gathered only part of the events taking place this weekend in the region, if you want to be updated about all the other Eastern-related events, subscribe to my newsletter and get them all to your inbox on Friday. 

Let’s start 🙂 

Easter events around Bordeaux (Gironde and Beyond)

Chasse aux œufs géante

The CAPC, Bordeaux’s contemporary art museum is hosting a huge treasure hunt for kids on Sunday, March 24. See all the details here.

Chasse aux oeufs – Mérignac

The town of Merignac is hosting a fun treasure hunt for little kids (up to 6yo) on March 30, you must book your spots in advance. See the details here.

Le printemps de Soulac

Soulac Sur Mer, the beautiful village in the Medoc region is celebrating the start of Spring on the long weekend of March 30 to April 1st. The program includes a flower market, concerts on the streets, a wine fair, and a big treasure hunt for kids. See the fool program here.

Château de Villandraut

The Chateau de Villandraut will host two treasure hunts on Monday (April 1). Throughout the day, many activities will be offered to kids aged 3-12 years old including two treasure hunts. See all the details here.

Pâques au Château de Montaigne

Château de Montaigne in the Saint Emilion region is hosting a big easter event on the long weekend of March 30 to April 1st. The program includes a big egg hunt and games in the chateau’s gardens. You can reserve your spots here.

For a more general list of family-friendly activities in Bordeaux go to my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux with kids

Treasure hunts in other parts of Southwest France

Chateau de Duras

The beautiful Chateau de Duras in Lot et Garonne is hosting its annual egg hunt throughout the weekend. You can enjoy the treasure hunt as well as guided tours of the chateau from March 30 to April 1st. See more details here.

Paques au Chateau de Bridoire

 Le Chateau de Bridoire is nicknamed the castle of 1000 games and is considered one of the most kids-friendly places in Dordogne. So it’s no wonder that it’s also one of the chateaux hosting Easter events this year. The Program includes a treasure hunt, games for kids, and a lot of chocolate. The event will be taking place from March 30 to April 1st. You can see all the details and buy the tickets here

Écomusée de Marquèze

The Écomusée de Marquèze, in Landes de Gascogne, is hosting a fun easter weekend from March 31 to April 1. The program includes a big treasure hunt for the whole family and concerts of Gascony music. For more details click here.

Écomusée de Marquèze
Egg hunt at Écomusée de Marquèze

Grande chasse aux oeufs aux Jardins de Marqueyssac

Jardins de Marqueyssac is one of the most beautiful gardens in the Dordogne department. Every year it hosts an amazing treasure hunt that kids absolutely love. This year the event will be taking place from March 31 to April 1. See all the details here.

This is only one of the many events the Dordogne department is hosting for easter this year, see the full program here.

Is it your first time in Bordeaux?

If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

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Cap Ferret is a little coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean famous for its dreamy beaches and thriving oyster culture. Located about an hour’s drive from Bordeaux (depending on traffic), Cap Ferret offers a unique blend of charming finishing villages with wild ocean beaches perfect for surfing. 

Nestled in the famous Arcachon Bay, Cap Ferret is known as the summer getaway for the French upper class, yet despite its growing popularity, it managed to keep its raw atmosphere of simplicity and tranquility. This unique blend of natural beauty, coastal charm, and tranquility makes it a dreamy vacation destination. In this article, you’ll discover the best ways to spend a splendid weekend (or a full week) in Cap Ferret with a list of all the best things to do and eat. 

If it’s your first time visiting Cap Ferret and Arcahcon I highly recommend reading my articles about where to stay in Cap Ferret and what to do in Arcachon city.

The charming villages of Cap Ferret on the Arcachon Bay
The tranquil atmosphere of Cap Ferret – by Lost in Bordeaux

So where is Cap Ferret actually located? 

Lège-Cap Ferret is a peninsula, shaped like a narrow tongue with a long string of beautiful sandy beaches on the Atlantic Ocean and a view of the eastern side of the Bassin. It consists of twelve little villages, one of them being the town of Cap Ferret, located in the southern part of the peninsula. While the town is considered the liveliest on the peninsula, here I’m going to mention other towns as well so that you have the chance to uncover the full charm of this place. 

If you’re short on time I recommend taking the Cap-Ferret, Herbe Village with Tasting Oysters waterfront tour, so you can explore the best Cap Ferret has to offer in half a day. This tour offers a blend of main sites, from the ocean to the iconic lighthouse, along with a touch of history at La Chapelle, culminating in a local oyster-tasting experience. You can Book it here.

What to do in Cap Ferret

Eat oysters of course!

Apart from its dreamy beaches, Cap Ferret is known for its ostréiculture industry, which produces some of the best oysters in France. The Bay’s nutrient-rich waters and unique tidal patterns create an ideal environment for oyster growth, resulting in amazing oysters, with exceptional flavor and quality. So tasting oysters is truly one of the highlights of visiting Cap Ferret.

oysters from Cap Ferret
Tasting oysters in Cap Ferret – by Lost in Bordeaux

Along the Arcachon Bay coast, a multitude of oyster cabins and restaurants dot the landscape. These quaint oyster huts predominantly belong to local oyster farmers, imparting an authentic charm to Cap Ferret. Observing them at work is a fascinating experience, as these traditional methods have been passed down through generations.

One of my favorite Cap-Ferret oyster cabins along the shoreline is La Cabane du Mimbeau. The name refers to the conche du Mimbeau, which is a coastal sand spit, unique only to Cap Ferret. Established in 1860 and continuing through 6 oyster farmers generations, the Cabane specializes in oysters harvested onsite, along with other local delicacies like whelks and terrine, all accompanied by Bordeaux wines. 

Other oyster cabins I recommend are La Cabane d’Hortense, which offers stunning views of the  Dune du Pilat, or Chez boulan, a renowned 1958 oyster farmer and producer with exceptional service and food quality along a beautiful setting. Another great cabin is Le Ponton in l’Herbe, a must-visit spot for oyster lovers. Situated at the end of the picturesque Village of L’Herbe, the ponton offers a serene setting right on the Basin. In addition, It has direct access to the beach, so kids can play while parents eat. A true vacation spirit!

Eating ousters is one of the bets things to do in Cap Ferret
Oyster huts in Cap Ferret – by Lost in Bordeaux

A ride on a traditional oyster-farming boat

For a truly immersive experience, I recommend taking a boat tour on a traditional oyster-farming boat, known as a Pinasse. It will allow you to enjoy the panoramic views of the coastline and learn about the special art of oyster farming from experienced local guides.

Tours you can do in Cap Ferret 

You can take your cruise tour with Pa’tchanquee from the Bassin d’Arcachone to the Dune du Pilat. With a 12-person group on board, they offer a comfortable sailing experience that combines a bit of everything Cap Ferret has to offer: swimming, sightseeing, and oyster tastings. 

You’ll also watch the quaint villages and beautiful beaches along the coastline from the boat, learn about the history of the place, and discover iconic spots like Bird Island and the Banc d’Arguin. You can book your boat tour here!

A ride on a traditional oyster-farming boat in Cap Ferret
A ride on a traditional oyster-farming boat – by Lost in Bordeaux

Compagnie Maritime de la Presqu’île allows you to rent a Pinnace with a skipper from Cap Ferret, and go on a cruise to discover the Arcachon Bay and the Cap Ferret peninsula, as well with a group of up to 12 people.

Go to the beach 

There are a lot of gorgeous beaches in Cap Ferret. From small village beaches and wilder ones on the ocean side, from crowded ones to hidden and quiet ones. La Plage des Américains, Plage de la Truquette, and Plage de l’Herbe are among my favorites, but to see the full list I recommend checking out my article about The best beaches in Cap Ferret

Plage de la Pointe Cap Ferret
Ocean beaches in Cap Ferret – by Lost in Bordeaux

It’s important to note that during the low tide, it’s impossible to swim on the bay side and it’s thus very important to check out the tide hours before going. Heres a site where you can see when the tide is high enough to enjoy the beach.

Surf on the Atlantique Ocean 

With 25 km of coastline, Cap Ferret is full of amazing surfing spots with several surfing schools that offer surfing classes and camps. 

The best surfing spots in Cap Ferret

Truc Vert is one of the favorite among surfers, due to its untouched, wild beauty. This secluded spot is perfect for those seeking tranquility and long, uninterrupted rides on the waves. The Grand Crohot Beach attracts a larger crowd, especially during peak seasons, and offers consistent waves suitable for surfers of all levels. Another busy beach is Torchère Beach, which is situated between L’Herbe and the village of Cap Ferret. It’s a hotspot for surfers during summer. 

Dunes Beach in Cap Ferret promises a quieter surfing experience. Accessible through a charming dune passage, it offers respite from the crowds, especially in the summer months. While the path may require a short walk from Horizon Beach, the view of the Lighthouse makes it well worth the journey.

The best surfing spots in Cap Ferret
A surfing beach in Cap Ferret- by Lost in Bordeaux

Take surfing lessons in Cap Ferret

You can also take surfing classes in one of the many surfing schools in Cap Ferret, as the waves of the Atlantic offer an ideal setting for experimenting and practicing surfing. The Cap Ferret Surf School is great for taking surfing lessons as surfers looking to escape the hustle and bustle of the more popular spots. They offer 1 to 5-day courses for all levels, starting at the age of 5. You can book a lesson here

Two other recommended surf schools in Cap Ferret include the Tutti Frutti Surf School and Alex Surf School, both operating at Horizon Beach. Both schools offer individual and group lessons from April to October for all levels.

Enjoy the view from the Lighthouse (Le Phare du Cap Ferret)

The iconic Cap Ferret Lighthouse is a prominent landmark offering a magnificent panorama of the peninsula’s land and coastline. Listed as a historic monument, it welcomes guests for guided tours, allowing exploration of its interior and ascent to the summit via a staircase of 258 steps. 

The lighthouse also hosts changing interactive exhibits that showcase maritime history and its optical system, as well as the evolution of nautical chart creation. 

During summer, the lighthouse operates daily from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m. and admission prices range from 4€ for children to 7€ for adults. See more details here.

Enjoy the Cap Ferret markets

Local markets are a great way to discover unique finds, fresh delicacies, and local products. Cap Ferret has several different markets you can explore, depending on your time of arrival!

Le marché du Cap Ferret covered market is open all year, on Wednesdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, and daily during the summer months. This traditional covered market, located at Place du Marché, has around 120 exhibitors. You will find there clothes, jewelry, flowers, books and of course, fresh local products as well as typical products from the South-West. 

The market of Cap Ferret
The market of Cap Ferret – by Lost in Bordeaux

During the summer months, From June to September, you can enjoy the open-air markets, Le marché du Cap Ferret, Piraillan, and Claouey, that offer local artisanal goods, such as clothing, flowers, fresh oysters, and regional white wine.

Le marché de Lège is a covered market,  located near the village church. It remains open year-round on Saturdays, and though it is the smallest of the four markets in Cap Ferret, it has some really nice goods! 

Rent a bike to discover other magical parts of the peninsula 

Another fun way to discover Cap Ferret is by cycling along the beaches and through the pine forest that covers a large part of the Cap Ferret peninsula. A beautiful bike trip you can do is taking the circuit from the Plage de Bélisaire to The Pointe du Cap Ferret, which is 10 km long and takes about 1 hour. The route there is stunning and includes some of Cap Ferret’s main landmarks. You’ll see the beach and its magnificent view of the Mimbeau Conche and the Dune du Pilat, Fisherman’s Quarter, and the Lighthouse. To follow the path see the map here.

There are plenty of bike rentals in Cap Ferret, one of them is Bike Rental Cap Gyro (7 Boulevard de la Plage, 33970 Lège-Cap-Ferret). See the full list of rental places here.

Visit the most charming village in Cap Ferret – l’Herbe

l’Herbe stands out as one of the most charming villages in the Arcachon Basin. Wandering through l’Herbe’s narrow streets, while passing by the colorful oyster farmer cabins, you’ll sense the village’s unique charm that lies in its simplicity and authenticity.

The village’s focal point is the Sainte-Marie-du-Cap Chapel, a stunning architectural gem built in the 19th century with neo-Moorish influences. Surrounded by sand and pine trees, the chapel’s exotic facade adds to the village’s allure and serves as a must-visit attraction.

L'herbe - one of the most beautiful villages in Cap Ferret
L’Herbe – by Lost in Bordeaux

During the summer months, l’Herbe comes alive with plenty of water activities along the beachfront. You can embark on scenic canoe or paddleboard excursions or explore the basin’s tranquil waters, And there are even more exhilarating options like parasailing, wake surfing, waterskiing, and more. You can find more information about it here.

Taste Les dunes Blanches 

First Created in 2007 by pastry chef Pascal Lucas’s son, Les Dunes Blanches combines the simplicity of a chouquette (Choux pastry sprinkled with pearl sugar) with a creamy filling, resulting in an instant hit. You can read the full story on their creation in my article Discover the sweet specialties of Bordeaux

Originating from Cap Ferret, no visit is complete without trying these heavenly treats. Elegance, lightness, and crunchiness make Les Dunes Blanches just too good! and fit perfectly at any moment of the day. 

They gained such popularity that dedicated boutiques sprouted across Arcachon, Bordeaux, and even Paris. In Cap Ferret, you can savor them made fresh throughout the day at various locations including Piquey, Canon, and the Marché du Ferret. See the shop locations here.

A guided tour at an oyster farm 

While there are hundreds of oyster producers in Cap Ferret, most of them are not open for visits. Having said that, there are a few farms that work in collaboration with the tourist office to offer guided tours and workshops.

For example, Sylvie Latrille at Cabane 57 in the Piraillan oyster farming district will guide you through a successful oyster experience, accompanied by wine, bread, and butter. For reservations, contact the farm here

For a family-friendly excursion, join Véronique Lenoir on a fishing expedition along the beaches of l’Herbe village during low tide. Discover a variety of marine life, from crabs to starfish, and enjoy a memorable outing suitable for all ages. With Véronique Lenoir, a lively oyster farmer and guide, you have the chance to Walk through the open parks during low tide, discovering the intricacies of oyster farming. Don’t forget suitable footwear for water and sunscreen! For reservations, contact the Office de Tourisme

Sunrise in Cap Ferret
Sunrise in Cap Ferret by Lost in Bordeaux

Most tours are in French but if you’re lucky you might find one that is ready to make an effort in English. Be sure to contact the tourist office before you arrive to see what’s scheduled during your visit.

A day trip to the Town of Arcachon and the dune 

If you’re spending your holidays in Cap Ferret, you must dedicate at least one day to visit the town of Arcachon and the dune. Arcachon, the largest town in Bassin d’Arcachon, offers stunning beaches, picturesque neighborhoods, and delectable seafood. 

From mid-June to September, there’s a ferry that takes you from Cap Ferret to Le Moulleau in Arcachon, in just 20 minutes (leaving from Jetée Bélisaire). For the schedule and ticket reservation click here.
Once you arrive in Arcachon, explore its four distinct regions: the summer city, winter city, autumn city, and spring city. Each area boasts unique attractions, from beautiful beaches and historic villas to vibrant markets and charming parks. for more information, check out my article Best things to do and eat in Arcachon.

The best things to do in Arcachon France
Arcachon France – by Lost in Bordeaux

When visiting Cap Ferret, you also must visit the Dune du Pilat, Europe’s tallest sand dune. Rising to an impressive 110 m high and 500 meters wide, you’ll have plenty of room to wander when reaching up there!

You can climb the dune by stairs that are installed from the end of May to early November. If you come during the low season or just feel energetic, you can just climb straight up the sandy slopes. Once you reach the top, a stunning panoramic view will be revealed in front of you. The Cap Ferret peninsula on one side, a huge pine forest on the other, and the magnificent Banc d’Arguin nature reserve just in front. 

Dune du Pilat on the Arcachon Bay
Dune du Pilat – by Lost in Bordeaux

One of the best experiences you can do there is paragliding! There are a few companies offering paragliding experiences over the dune. Dune Parapente for example offers 10, 20 or 30-minute flights with a breathtaking view of the Dune du Pilat itself, the Arcachon Basin, or the Banc d’Arguin. You can book the experience here.

How to get to the dune: You’ll need a car or a bike to get to the dune from Arcachaon. If you’re coming by public transport, line 3 (Baia company) will take you from the Arcachon train station to Dune to Pilat. To return to Cap Ferret, you can catch the ferry from Le Moulleau, providing a convenient and scenic way to end your day trip.

End the night dancing at Sail Fish 

Existing since 1984, the family restaurant Sail Fish offers a good meal with a festive, “vacation” vibe. Located in the heart of Cap Ferret, it’s a favorite destination for visitors of all ages, offering grilled meats by the fireplace and gourmet desserts. As the evening progresses, the restaurant transforms into a lively hub for dancing, providing the perfect setting to end your night in style!

Where to stay in Cap Ferret 

I have an article with all my recommendations for the best hotels in Cap Ferret but here are three that I particularly like: 

Domaine du Ferret Balnéo & Spa offers a serene retreat, just 500 meters from the beach accessible via a scenic cycle path. With two swimming pools, a spa, and a wellness center featuring hot tubs and massage treatments, your relaxation is promised. You can make a reservation here

Located In the heart of the fishing area, near the lighthouse of Cap Ferret, La Maison du Bassin is a serine and charming boutique hotel. This peaceful retreat offers uniquely decorated rooms, a colonial-themed bar that provides a cozy setting to unwind, and an on-site restaurant for diners that specializes in regional cuisine. You can book a room here.  

If you are looking for a more nature-inspired escape, I recommend Yamina Lodge. It is nestled in the pine forest of Cap-Ferret, Just 600 meters from Dunes Beach and close to The Cap-Ferret Lighthouse. With its warm hospitality and thoughtful amenities, including free bike rentals and access to a jacuzzi, this holiday home gives an extra comfortable and relaxing stay. For reservation go here

If you’re looking for a camping site, Check out my article about the best camping sites in Arcachon and Cap Ferret.

Where to eat in Cap Ferret 

We already established that Oysters are the main product produced in Cap Ferret. But don’t worry, you won’t have to go on an only oyster diet when you’re there. Here are a few recommended restaurants in Cap Ferret:

Le Cabanon du Domaine offers market cuisine with authentic and seasonal flavors. Don’t miss the panoramic terrace in summer and their renowned Sunday brunch. You can make a reservation here.

I love the warm, natural ambiance of Roc Seven Cap Ferret. A beautiful place with good vibes, serving southern cuisine with Latin inspiration with a gorgeous rooftop. You can make a reservation here

Le Bouchon du Ferret offers fresh fish, shellfish, and seafood specialties, everything is fresh and the setting is charming, as the place was once an old Ferret fishmonger. More information on their website

When it’s the best time to go to Cap Ferret 

Cap Ferret is always stunning with its calm beaches and authentic oyster huts. So whenever you’re in Bordeaux, don’t miss a chance to visit the peninsula. However, like everywhere else, there are better and worth times to travel to Cap Ferret. 

The season in Cap Ferret starts around May, sometimes April if the weather is good, and ends at the beginning of October. Outside the season the villages of the Cap Ferret get very calm, there are no outdoor markets and many summer places are closed for winter. It’s not that you won’t find anything to eat but it definitely lacks the summer energy. 

In the high season, especially from mid-July to mid-August, Cap Ferret gets extremely busy. That’s when many French tourists, especially Parisians flock to the peninsula and it can be quite crowded. The main problem however is the traffic. Cap Ferret is a narrow piece of land, with one main road leading to the south. That means that when many people try to get there, the traffic becomes unbearable.

So, after telling you when it’s better to avoid going there, let’s talk about when should you actually go to Cap Ferret. In my opinion, the best time to go to Cap Ferret is May, June, and September. Cap Ferret is also a very popular weekend destination for many Bordelais so if possible try to visit the peninsula during weekdays.  Of course, if you’re staying in Cap Ferret for a few days, and mostly cycling from place to place then you’ll be less affected by traffic and weekends are perfectly fine for you. 

How to get to Cap Ferret 

Cap Ferret is not very easy to get to by public transport so driving is the best to get here by car. If you want to rent a car, here’s a good website to get an idea of how much it is going to cost.

In case you don’t want to drive there that should not deter you from going to Cap Ferret. There is a bus (line 601) that goes from Bordeaux to Cap Ferret. Just keep in mind that it’s quite a long journey as the bus stops in many towns and villages on the way. Here you can find the updated schedule of line 601

If you want a more comfortable way to get there, you can hire a driver for a few hours. With this service, for example, you can hire a car with a driver for 5 hours, which is quite enough for a half-day trip in Cap Ferret. A nice tour of the town and a stop for oysters for lunch. 

If you’re staying in Arcachon, you also have the option to get here by boat. From mid-June to September there’s a ferry that takes you from Le Moulleau to Cap Ferret in just 20 minutes (leaving from Jetée du Moulleau). For the schedule and ticket reservation click here.

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If you’re looking for more ideas for things to do in the Arcachon region here are a few other articles you might want to read:
What to do and eat in the town of Arcachon
Best day trips to le Bassin d’Arcachon
15 best things to do with kids in Arcachon
Where to stay in Arcachon
The Best beaches in Cap Ferret
The best camping sites in Cap Ferret and Arcachon

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March is the month of uncertainty here in Bordeaux. There will be sunny days which will make you crave a glass of rose on one of the squares of Bordeaux. It can even be hot enough to go to the beach, and in that case, you should check out my article about the best beaches near Bordeaux. However don’t be surprised if suddenly you’ll wake up to a cold or a very rainy day, these are very common in March as well. 

The good news is that there’s always something to do here in Bordeaux. So in case it’s cold you should check out my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux in the winter. And for rainy days, here’s my guide to all the things you can do in Bordeaux when it’s raining

What to do in Bordeaux in March
Bordeaux in March

If it’s your first time in Bordeaux I recommend reading my article about the best things to do in Bordeaux and the best districts in Bordeaux in case you’re still looking for accommodation.

What to do in the Bordeaux region in March 2024

Carnaval des 2 rives

Le Carnaval des 2 rives is the main carnival of Bordeaux taking place every year on the first Sunday of March. The festival was created in 1996 and as the name suggests it takes place on both sides of the Garonne river. The event has all the features of a traditional carnival such as costumes, shows, and a big parade. But it also always has a theme to make it modern and unique and this year’s theme is AFRO K. 

In 2024, Bordeaux’s Carnival will be taking place on March 3rd. The big parade starts at 14:00 at the Allée Serr, on the right side of the river, and then passes to the other side through Pont de Pierre and ends at the Village Carnival at Place Pey-Berland at 16:00. The Village Carnaval will be open until 18:00. For more details click here.

When: March 3 / Where:  Starts at Allée Serr, Bastide, Bordeaux

Fête de l’Orange

Fête de l’Orange, the feast of the Orange is celebrated every year in Podensac, the town of the famous Lillet liqueur. The program includes a big orange market and different orange specialties, a guided visit to the Lillet cellars, traditional dancing, and more. The event will take place on March 2-3. The full program will be published here.

When: March 2-3 / Where: the center of Podensac

See the stunning Vin Gogh exhibition at Les Bassins de Lumières

Les Bassins de Lumières will finally be hosting the stunning Vin Gogh exhibition that has been traveling the world for a few years. And even if you’ve already gone to this expo elsewhere in the world, I still recommend going to the Bassins de Lumières just to experience it in this special location. The visual arts space is situated in an old submarine base built during WWII. The reflection of the works of art of the most notorious artists in the world in the water of the basin just makes it a very immersive and special experience. You can see a video I took in their previous exhibitions just to get the vibe. 

The new exhibition will be presented from February 16, 2024, to January 5, 2025. You get your tickets here.

Grand Salon Habitat De Bordeaux

Bordeaux’s big habitat fair will take place on March 1-3. The salon will include various stands and professionals specializing in construction, house renovation, interior design, and more. The event will take place at Hall 3 of le Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux – Hall 3. For more details click here.

When: March 1-3 / Where:  Cours Jules Ladoumègue, 33000 Bordeaux

Festival Bazar des Môme

Le Bazar des Môme is a kids’ festival taking place on March 8-24 in ten different towns and villages in Arcachon. The program includes music, theater and circus spectacles, movies, exhibitions and more. See the full program here.  

When: March 8-24 / Where: different town on the Arcachon Bay.

Salon des Vins des Vignerons Indépendants de Bordeaux

The Salon des Vins of the Bordeaux independent winemakers will take place on March 8-10 at the Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux (Bordeaux Lac -Hall 3). Wine producers from the region will present their wines and will invite you to a free taste. This event is not geared toward professionals but rather toward all wine lovers. For more info click here.

When: March 8-10 / Where:  Parc des Expositions de Bordeaux Lac – Cours Charles Bricaud – 33000 Bordeaux

Marathon des 4 saisons

Marathon des 4 Saisons is the marathon of Arcachon that will be taking place on March 10 in all four parts of the city.

Just for context, the town of Arcachon is divided into four parts each named after a season of the year, you can read about it in my Arcachon guide. You can find the details about the Marathon and the registration link here.

Bordeaux Rock Festival

The Bordeaux Rock Festival is an annual event gathering the independent and alternative bands in Bordeaux. This year the festival will take place on March 14-16 in different parts of Bordeaux. The program and more details will be published here soon.

Foire aux Plaisirs

This is the spring edition of the traditional Bordelaise Fair that is taking place in the middle of March at Place des Quinconces. It’s a perfect activity for kids and for those who are young in spirit as La Foire aux Plaisirs de Bordeaux has it all: a big wheel, roller coasters, ghost trains, bumper cars, donuts, crèpes, and more. The fair will be running from February 23 to March 24, see all the info here.

Place des Quinconces - what to do in Bordeaux in October

If you need more ideas for amusement parks check out my article about the best theme and amusement parks in the SW of France.

The European Short Film Festival

The European Short Film festival (festival européen du court métrage de Bordeaux) will take place on March 14-15 at the UGC Ciné Cité Bordeaux. The festival includes a program of about thirty movies from all over the world and a jury of famous personalities from the French cinema industry, from actors to directors and screenwriters. For more info and tickets check out the website of the festival.

When: March 14-15 / Where: 13-15 rue Georges Bonnac, 33000 Bordeaux

Swing Art Festival

Every March, for more than a decade now, Bordeaux has been hosting the Swing Art Festival (March 15-17) where swing dancers come from all around the globe to teach the dancers of Bordeaux their art of Swinging. 

The program includes a lot of dancing, live music, art, vintage markets, workshops, and more. The event takes place at la Halle des Chartrons and it’s Free! For more details click here.

When: March 15-17/ Where: 10 Place du Marché Chartrons, 33000

Brock’n’Roll

The Brock’n’Roll is a new flea market event taking place in Darwin for the second time. If you’re a vintage lover don’t miss this one. The event will take place on March 16-17. See all the details here

When: March 16-17/ Where: 87 Quai des Queyries, 33100 Bordeaux

Saint Patrick’s Day

Saint Patrick’s Day is always a good opportunity to get drunk from an Irish beer or whiskey while listening to good music. 

Most Irish (and English) bars in Bordeaux have a big Saint Patrick’s Day celebration with music and a lot of drunk and happy people. Check out my list of Irish/English bars in Bordeaux and choose one for March 17!

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux

Les Fous Rires de Bordeaux (March 16-23) is a very unique humor festival hosting more than 80 artists and different activities taking place all over the city. The festival is an opportunity to experience humor in different forms, such as live on stage, in pictures, and even through cooking! You can see the program and buy your tickets here.

When: March 16-23 / Where: Different locations in Bordeaux

Fête les Vins kms de Saint-Emilion 

Les Vins Kms de Saint-Emilion is a walking and running race of 12 km, 21km, and 42k, taking place around the stunning village of Saint Emilion. The event, taking place on March 24, starts at Château Soutard, one of Saint Emilion’s most popular wineries. There’s a reduced price for early registration (until January 31st). See the full program here

Check out my article about all the wineries I recommend visiting in Saint Emilion

When: March 24 / Where: Saint Emilion

Le printemps de Soulac

Soulac Sur Mer, the beautiful village in the Medoc region is celebrating the start of Spring on the long weekend of March 30 to April 1st. The program includes a flower market, concerts on the streets, a wine fair, and more. See the fool program here

When: March 30- April 1 / Where: Soulac sur Mer, Gironde

Territoires Sauvages – Nature festival

Territoires Sauvages is a nature festival that will take place at the Halle du Port in Teich (Arcachon Bay) from March 29 to April 1st. You’re invited to spend your Easter weekend discovering the natural treasures of the region. For more info click here

When: March 29- April 1/ Where: Halle du Port, 33470 Le Teich

The Italian Spring Festival 

Le Printemps Italien is an Italian literature festival that will take place from March 29 to April 7 in several locations around Bordeaux Metropole. The program includes meetings with Italian writers, screenings of Italian films, wine tastings and more. For the full program and tickets to events click here.

When: March 29- April 7/ Where: in the towns of Bordeaux, Talence, Gradignan and Latrense

Events taking place in other parts of the southwest in March 2024

Sarlat en Périgord Fest’oie (Goose Festival)

Every first weekend of March, the town of Sarlat is hosting the Goose festival. In the program, you find live music, great food, a big market, tours of the historic city, and more. The event will take place on March 2-3. See more details here

When: March 2-3/ Where: Sarlat, Dordogne

Piano Festival 

The town of Saintes is hosting its annual Piano festival on March 8-9. The festival will take place at the Abbaye aux Dames, one of the highlights of this beautiful town in the Charentes Maritimes department. See more details and tickets here.

When: March 8-9 Where: 11 Place de l’Abbaye, 17100 Saintes

South Town Jazz Festival 

The South Town Jazz Festival is an annual festival taking place in Soustons, a charming beach town in the Landes department. The festival will take place on March 22-31. For more info and tickets click here

When: March 22-31 / Where: Soustons

International Festival of Kites and Wind 

Every year Châtelaillon-Plage the lovely beach town just next to La Rochelle is hosting a big Kites festival. This year the festival will be taking place during the easter weekend from March 30 to April 1st. See more details here.

When: March 30- April 1 / Where: Châtelaillon-Plage

Is it your first time in Bordeaux?

If it is you should definitely check out my ultimate guide to Bordeaux to get familiar with all the must-see places in the city. To help you choose a hotel I’ve gathered a list of the best hotels in the center of Bordeaux as well as a guide to the districts of Bordeaux to help you find your preferred AirBnB location.

If you need more tips for things to do in the SW of France I invite you to join my Facebook group ” Travel in the South West of France“. Also, every Friday I send a newsletter with plenty of additional events you can enjoy during the weekend, so hurry up and subscribe to my email list now 🙂

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Biarritz is a beautiful Basque town in the Biscay Bay on the Atlantic Ocean, known for its surfing beaches and lively atmosphere. Biarritz boasts impressive architecture and an amazing gastronomic scene, yet at the same time, it exudes a cozy, small-town energy, making it a perfect weekend destination.

This article is my Biarrtiz Weekend Guide, featuring all the information about the best surfing beaches, bars with the best view, tours you can take and so much more. Whether on a solo surfing weekend, a romantic gateway, or a family trip, my guide has everything you need to know to plan the perfect weekend in Biarrtiz.

How to spend a weekend in Biarrtiz
A Weekend in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

If you have more than a weekend in Biarrtiz and want to discover everything this town and its surroundings offer, I recommend you also check my article about the 25 best things to do and eat in Biarrtiz. And now let’s start our splendid weekend in Biarrtiz!

How to spend a weekend in Biarritz

A weekend in Biarritz Day 1 – the center and north of Biarritz

On your first day in Biarritz, you’ll be discovering its lively center and focusing on the food and the stunning architecture, which is what makes Biarrtiz so attractive in my opinion. You will explore various neighborhoods in the city center, savor local delicacies, and take in the breathtaking coastline view of Biarritz.

But first, coffee! For all my fellow coffee addicts, if you need a dose of caffeine or a proper breakfast before you start this busy day, I highly recommend going to Milwaukee Café. This place has a very Californian feel to it which shouldn’t come as a surprise as Biarritz is often referred to as French California for surfers. 

Milwaukee Café. - one of the best coffee places in Biarritz
Milwaukee Café in Biarrtiz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Now that you’re awake and well-fed we can start our beautiful first day in Biarrtiz!

Discover the lively streets in the center of Biarrtiz 

Biarritz boasts a bustling city center adorned with a myriad of restaurants, chocolate shops, and charming boutiques. Despite its compact size, the city center unfolds a diverse array of neighborhoods and architectural styles. You can spend the morning meandering through the enchanting Belle Époque boulevards and weaving through the narrow streets adorned with traditional Basque houses. As there are quite a lot of interesting details to absorb here, I highly recommend taking a guided tour

Belle Epoque architecture in the center of Biarritz
A tour of Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Whether you join a guided tour or not, try to leave yourself some time to just wander the streets and soak the atmosphere. To guide you, I want to mention a few streets and places you shouldn’t miss in the center of Biarrtiz.

If you started the day at the coffee I mentioned earlier, take a few steps towards Place Georges Clemenceau. This is one of the lavish parts of town where you will find some of the best chocolate shops and patisserie places in Biarritz, here are a few to try.

Maison Adam – The oldest pâtissier and chocolatier in Biarrtiz, has been making sweet delicacies since the 17th century.  Don’t miss their amazing Basque cakes and the original Basque macarons. Chocolaterie Henriet – one of the most beautiful chocolate shops in Biarritz. Chocolaterie Puyodebat where you can also sit on a cup of hot chocolate or coffee. Also on Place Georges Clemenceau, don’t miss the Librairie Bookstore, a beautiful bookstore that is designed like an old cinema theater. 

Maison Adam - The oldest pâtissier and chocolatier in Biarrtiz
Maison Adam – by Lost in Bordeaux

From here you can continue to Place Bellevue to admire the stunning view of the Grande Plage, the central beach of Biarrtiz. If you’re in the mood to walk on the sand or to go for a dip in the sea you can take the path down to the beach. 

The view of the Grande Plage of Biarritz
Grande Plage in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

Otherwise, go back to Place Georges Clemenceau and take Rue Mazagran, a small street with boutiques that will lead you to the Port Vieux district, my favorite part of Biarrtiz. It’s a tiny neighborhood, nestled along the coast of Biarrtiz, but with plenty of things to discover.

For now, take some time to stroll the streets around Place Sainte-Eugénie, where the big church of Biarrtiz by the same name is located. If you have only a very short time in Biarrtiz you can continue from here straight to two of the most beautiful places in Biarrtiz: Port des Pecheurs and Rocher de La Vierge. However, if you continue following this guide skip it for now, we’ll go back to them later, because now it’s time for some Basque food.  

Les Halles de Biarritz – the market of Biarritz

It’s now time to discover the gastronomic side of Biarrtiz and for that,  we must go to the belly of the city, its main market. Marché aux Halles, built in 1855, is one of the most popular places in Biarrtiz, where locals come for their daily shopping, lunch, and apero. Here you’ll find the best regional delicacies, fresh produce, artisanal treats, and even amazing coffee. 

The best way to discover the market is by taking a food tour, especially if you’re not yet familiar with Basque cuisine. But you can also just stroll the market and try delicacies like charcuterie, oysters, sheep cheese, and basque cakes with cherry jam. Around the market, you’ll find plenty of local restaurants and tapas bars, perfect for your first Basque lunch.

Marché aux Halles - the gastronomic heart of Biarrtiz
Marché aux Halles – by Lost in Bordeaux

The market tends to be very busy, especially on weekends, so try to come as early as you can. Les Halles de Biarritz is open daily from 7:30 to 14:00 and also from 18:00 to 21:00 from mid-July to the 3rd week of August.

La Belle Epoque – Discover the northern part of Biarritz 

After your lunch at the market, it’s time for some walking again. We are going to spend the afternoon exploring the northern part of Biarrtiz. From the market go back to Place Clemenceau and Avenie Edouard VII, an elegant boulevard, known for its designer boutiques. On the way to our next destination, the lighthouse of Biarrtiz, you can explore some of Biarrtiz’s spectacular architecture. if you rather stay close to the beach, you can do most of the walk along the beach, passing the two main beaches Grand Plage and Plage Miramar.

Plage Miramar - one of the central beaches of Biarritz
Plage Miramar – by Lost in Bordeaux

During the 19th century, Biarritz emerged as a sought-after retreat for European royalty and the elite, resulting in the creation of opulent beachfront hotels. The buildings in this quarter boast grand entrances and elaborate facades, particularly evident in the architecture of the expansive boulevards and squares along the central beach. These structures serve as a testament to the enduring elegance of the Belle Époque style that flourished during that distinguished era.

If you’re interested in the historical and architectural aspects of Biarritz I highly recommend booking a guided tour as there are a lot of hidden gems you might miss. 

If you don’t have the time or will to go on a tour, just grab a map from your hotel of the tourist office which is located in the same area, on Sq. d’Ixelles. There are two buildings you should not miss on your walk:  

Hotel du Palais - the most beautiful building in Biarritz
Hotel du Palais – by Lost in Bordeaux

Hotel du Palais which was the summer palace of Eugénie (the last French empress) and is located between the Grande Plage and Plage Miramar. Chapelle Imperiale which was Eugénie’s private chapel. If you have time, visit the chapel to see its beautiful interior. During the tourist season, the opening hours are Thursday and Saturday (14-18).

 See the view from the Lighthouse (Le Phare)

If you reach the Hotel du Palais and want to continue discovering the Biarritz and its stunning landscape by foot continue to the Biarrtiz lighthouse. On the way, you can pass by Plage Miramar or discover a more local neighborhood, Saint Charles, with its lovely food boutiques.

See the view from the Lighthouse of Biarritz (Le Phare)
The view from the lighthouse of Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux –

The lighthouse is located in the northern part of the coast of Biarritz and rises to a height of 73 meters above sea level. The view from the lighthouse is mesmerizing, especially on a sunny day. Climb the 248 steps of the lighthouse and you’ll get to enjoy the sweeping of the entire coastline and the city center. See the opening hours of the lighthouse here.

Another fun way to enjoy this view is taking a helicopter ride over the skies of Biarritz and flying over the large sandy beaches and the villages nearby. See all the details here.

It’s now time to go back to the city center. You can either follow your steps and walk back or you can take the free shuttles run by the city of Biarritz. It has three lines and the green one operates between the lighthouse and the city center. See more info here.

Plage Port Vieux

As promised, we are back at the Port Vieux district in the center of Bordeaux. It’s time to go to the beach or for a drink! If you take the green shuttle you can go down at the Gambetta-  Mazagran station. From rue Mazagran continue to rue du Port Vieux until you reach Esplanade du Port Vieux from where you see a beautiful beach nestled between two cliffs. 

Plage port vieux - the best beach for kids in Biarritz
Plage port vieux – for a safe swim – by Lost in Bordeaux

This is Plage Port Vieux, the smallest and in my opinion, the prettiest beach in Biarritz. It is also considered the safest beach in the city, which attracts many families here on hot days.  If you don’t want to swim, just enjoy the view with a drink.

Several spots along the Esplanade provide stunning views accompanied by cocktails and delectable snacks. One of my favorite one favorite ones is the rooftop of the Le Hotel de la Plage which has a great menu throughout most of the day. Another great place for a drink is Eden Rock Café, which often also has a DJ set.

 The rooftop of the Le Hotel de la Plage
The rooftop of the Le Hotel de la Plage

The Aquarium of Biarritz

The Aquarium is a perfect way to spend the afternoon if you have kids, otherwise, just skip this part and continue reading the list. 

The Biarritz Aquarium (also known as the Musée de la Mer) is located in an art-deco building next to Rocher de la Vierge. The museum includes huge aquariums with fish, sharks, and seals. You can also learn about the history of whales in Biarritz through a series of exhibits. You can buy the tickets online and if you’re also planning to visit the Cité de l’Océan I recommend purchasing the combined ticket.

Rocher de la Vierge 

From here you can continue to the most famous landmark of Biarritz!

Perched on the dramatic cliffs of Biarritz, the Rocher de la Vierge emerges as a mesmerizing natural landmark and cultural symbol. Previously used as a platform for whale-watching it is now one of Biarrtiz’s more recognizable spots. Translated as the “Rock of the Virgin,” this site owes its name to the statue of the Virgin Mary standing on the top of the rock.

Rocher de la Vierge - a must visit in Biarritz
Rocher de la Vierge – by Lost in Bordeaux

Accessible by a scenic footbridge, the Rocher de la Vierge offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay of Biscay and Côte des Basques (the surfing coastline). The sound of crashing waves against the rocks adds a symphonic backdrop to the sensory experience. The view gets particularly stunning around sunset time, but it’s a magnificent spot to visit any time of the day.

A drink or a dinner with an amazing view 

To culminate this perfect day, consider a delightful dinner or aperitif at one of the chicest bars or restaurants in Biarritz, conveniently located near the Rocher de la Vierge.

Olatua is one the most popular spots in Biarritz, where people go for an after-work drink with their friends. They have a terrasse bar and rooftop with a bit of a more elaborate menu. Both have the most stunning view of the ocean and the Rocher de la Vierge. If you’re lucky to get there at sunset time, prepare yourself for a mesmerizing view.

Olatua is one the most popular spots in Biarritz
Olatua is one the most popular spots in Biarritz

Hope you enjoyed the first day of your Biarrtiz weekend, see you tomorrow!

How to spend a weekend in Biarritz- day 2 – the south

The second day in Biarrtiz will be mostly dedicated to the ocean, which is what Biarritz is mostly known for. That is why we are starting the day at Plage de la Côte des Basques, the surfing beach in the southern part of Biarrtiz.
If you need a shot of espresso before we start the day here, Carlos is your place.

Go surfing 

The Biarritz surfing scene is the main attraction for many European tourists. Most of the surfers tend to come to Plage de la Côte des Basques which is actually the first surfing beach in Europe! If you’re already a surfer, there are several places here where you can rent surf equipment. If you wish to discover another surfing charming location nearby, go to Birdard, the official surfing paradise, just a few minutes drive from Biarritz.

surfing in Biarritz and Bidard
Surfing in Biarritz and Bidard – by Lost in Bordeaux

It’s important to mention though that surfing in the Biarritz (and the Atlantic coast in general) entirely depends on the tides. So before you put your surfing suite, be sure to check out the Biarrtiz tide forecast.

Take surfing lessons 

If you never surfed before, Biarritz is a great place to try it for the first time! There are plenty of surfing schools here that provide private and group surfing lessons for beginners. One of the best surfing schools in Biarrtiz is La Vague Basque. There you can join a group course, take a private lesson or even do a five-day intensive surfing course. You see all the options and book your surfing lessons here.

Surfing in Biarritz
surfing schools in Biarritz- Lost in Bordeaux

The best beach in Biarritz

In case surfing is not your thing, just take that time to explore the best beaches of Biarrtiz. You’ve already seen a few of Biarritz’s beaches yesterday but the best ones are actually located in the south of Biarritz. If you’re a surfer, Plage Marbella, just south of Plage de la Cote Basque is your place. Its wild character makes Marbella Beach particularly popular with surfers. 

Plage de la Milady one of the best beaches in Biarritz
Milady beach in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

However for swimming you might want to distance yourself a bit further to the South and go to the stunning Plage de la Milady. This beach is particularly popular with the locals of Biarrtiz. It has a promenade along the sea, a playground for kids, and access by wheelchairs directly into the sea. 

In the summer season, you can find there a restaurant called Milady Beach with a great menu of tapas.

Villa Belza

When you finish surfing, it is time to go back to the city center but on the way I want to take you to one of the most beautiful spots in Biarrtiz. Villa Belza is a beautiful 19th-century mansion located between the Rocher de la Vierge and the Côte des Basques. This mysterious house was used in the past as a setting for films and cabaret evenings. 

Villa Belza - one of the best places to see in Biarritz
Villa Belza – by Lost in Bordeaux

It’s best viewed from Place Balea. To get there from Plage de la Cote des Basques just follow the Boulevard du Prince de Galles along the cliff towards Plage Port Vieux.

Port Des Pecheurs 

A few minutes walk from Plage Port Vieux will bring you to one of the most charming places in Biarritz. Port des Pêcheurs is a little harbor that was built by Napoleon III in the 1800s and previously served the fishermen of the city. 

Port des Pêcheurs - one of the most charming places in Biarrtiz
Port des Pêcheurs – by Lost in Bordeaux

You can still find the fishermen’s little colorful houses, some of which serve as restaurants with a beautiful view of the boats docking at the port. This would be a great place to have lunch or dinner, especially if you like seafood. Two of my favorite restaurants here are Casa Juan Pedro and Harremanak (if you want more of a tapas vibe). 

From Port des Pêcheurs you can also go on a cruise Bay of Biscay and discover the Basque coast by boat. Excursion Bateau Biarritz is run by a professional skipper, Jerome, who will take you on a magical day trip that includes Swimming and snorkeling in the creeks of Biarritz, lunch on the beach, a visit to the bay of Saint Jean de Luz and more. See all the details here.

Go on an Aperitif Ride – and E-bike Guided Tour 

A guided E-bike tour is an amazing way to end your second day in Biarrtiz especially if you haven’t done the walk along the coast on the first day. 

On this tour, you get to explore some of the highlights of Biarrtiz like the lighthouse and the famous “Chambre d’Amour“. The cave, nestled between Anglet’s beaches and the Biarritz lighthouse, derived its name from the tragic love story of Laorens, a poor orphan, and Saubade, the daughter of a wealthy farmer. Despite paternal opposition, the young couple made a solemn vow of eternal love in the cave, but their fate was sealed when a storm surged, swiftly carrying them away. The cave turned into a symbol of enduring love and is attracting visitors to this day.

The tour also includes a stop for a drink and tapas at sunset! You can book it here.

If you still have time in Biarrtiz, take the opportunity to go on a day/half-day trip to explore other places near Biarrtiz.

The best places to visit around Biarritz

The French Basque country is one of the most fascinating places in Southwest France. In just a short drive from Biarritz, you can visit plenty of charming villages, go on a gastronomic adventure visit farms, and enjoy stunning architecture in other towns in the region. 

If you have only one day and you’re eager to visit all the highlights of the French Basque country, Txiki Combi offers a really cool day trip that includes places like Sare, Espellette, Saint Jean de Luz, and more. Check out all the details of the tour here

visiting farms in the stunning Aldudes Valley in the French Basque country
visiting farms in the stunning Aldudes Valley in the French Basque country

If you want to focus on one place, you can always take the bus (or the train) from Biarritz. Public transport in the French Basque county works quite well and allows you to get to some of the most interesting destinations. However, if you want to enjoy the ride and some of the views from the Basque roads, renting a car is always the best option

Here are three ideas for amazing day trips from Biarritz.

A day trip to Bayonne, the French Basque Capital 

Nestled along the banks of the Adour River, Bayonne reigns as the capital of the French Basque country, an enchanting city steeped in history and cultural richness. Bayonne is known for its charming old town with narrow cobblestone streets and Basque-style houses.

The famous chocolate of Bayonne
The famous chocolate of Bayonne

Bayonne also happens to be one of the most gastronomic destinations in the southwest of France. Two of its most celebrated products are chocolate and the Bayonne ham. Chocolate boutiques and basque delicatessens adorn almost every street in the old center. So if you’re looking for a foodie getaway from Biarritz, Bayonne is a great option.

When there, I highly recommend taking a food tour so you can easily discover all the gastronomic gems of this city. 

You can take a direct train from Biarritz to Bayonne or take a taxi (they are just close by).

Gastronomic Delights and Ocean Breezes in Saint Jean de Luz

Located just 15km from Biarritz, Saint-Jean-de-Luz is one of the most charming destinations in the Basque county. The seaside town with its cozy atmosphere is sitting within a vast bay, facing the Atlantic Ocean. It is renowned for its unique Basque architecture, where lively streets showcase the charm of the old town with vibrant half-timbered houses.

Saint Jean de Luz - one of the best place to visit in the French Basque country
Saint Jean de Luz – by Lost in Bordeaux

With its five beaches, Saint Jean de Luz offers a variety of water activities such as Stand Up Paddles and or a boat trip with a swim in the transparent waters of the bay. If you’re traveling from San Sebastian, check out this amazing culinary adventure that includes both Biarritz and Saint Jean de Luz.

Discover the most beautiful villages of the Basque country 

While Biarrtiz itself is a famous destination, most people are less familiar with the inland area of the French Basque country. You’ll be surprised to learn that it’s actually one of its most enchanting parts. If you have more time in Biarrtiz, I highly recommend a day trip to explore the Basque most beautiful villages, each boasting unique charm and cultural richness.

Piments d'Espelette
Piments d’Espelette

One day is obviously not enough to visit all of them, but as the French Basque county is not big, you can easily visit 2-3 villages in one day. Some of my favorite villages are Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port and Espelette but there are many others, even closer to Biarrtiz. My article about the most beautiful villages in the French Basque country should help you plan your trip.

Where to stay in Biarritz

Biarritz is a compact and cozy city, so if you opt to stay in the city center, you can easily explore everything on foot. So here are a few recommended hotels in Biarrtiz. 

Hôtel de La Plage A 4-star hotel boasting the most enchanting view of Plage de Port Vieux. The hotel’s rooftop adds a fun touch, ideal for enjoying an afternoon cocktail with a splendid vista.

Hotel Windsor Grande Plagea 4-star hotel, located right on the main beach of Biarritz with an amazing view of the ocean.

Hôtel & Espace Bien-être La Maison du Lierre – A charming 3-star hotel nestled in a stunning Belle Époque house, offering the convenience of an onsite sauna, massage services, and spa treatments.

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BIARRITZ the ultimate guide by lost in bordeaux

Biarritz, a renowned surfing destination on the Atlantic Ocean, is celebrated for its pristine beaches, captivating architecture, and vibrant ambiance. In the 1850s, it was the favored summer retreat of Napoleon III and Empress Eugénie de Montijo. The 1950s marked a pivotal moment as Biarritz evolved into Europe’s pioneering surfing haven. Although its allure waned for a time, the town has experienced a resurgence in popularity, now standing as a coveted vacation destination for many French. 

The beaches are still what attracts many tourists to Biarrtiz, however, in recent years it developed into much more than just another coastal resort. The Basque town has one of the best gastronomic scenes in the region, plenty of little bars with a stunning beach view, and a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Its proximity to many other great destinations in the Basque country makes it a perfect base to explore the region. 

In this article, I will help you discover all the best things to do in Biarritz. My list includes recommendations about the best restaurants, beaches, surfing schools, fun tours, and more. If you’re looking for a hotel in Biarritz you can go straight to the end of the article and read about the best places to stay in Biarritz. Now let’s get started with the 25 things you should do, see and eat in Biarritz!

Surfing – one of the best attractions in Biarritz

1. Surf (or take surfing lessons) at the Côte des Basques

The Biarritz surfing scene is the main attraction for many European tourists. Most of the surfers tend to come to Plage de la Cote des Basque which is actually the first surfing beach in Europe! If you’re already a surfer, there are several places here where you can rent surf equipment. 

But this place is also a gem for beginners as there are quite a few surfing schools here offering classes to surfing newbies. One of the best surfing schools in Biarrtiz is La Vague Basque. There you can join a group course, take a private lesson or even do a five-day intensive surfing course. You see all the options and book your surfing lessons here

Surfing in Biarritz
surfing schools in Biarritz- Lost in Bordeaux

If you wish to discover another charming location nearby, you can take your surfing course in Birdard, the official surfing paradise, just a few minutes drive from Biarritz. A great surfing school in Bidard is Aquality School and Taiba Surf Club, both do their lessons at Plage de l’Uhabia. 

If you need a break from surfing climb the stairs of the Square Jean Baptiste Lassalle to the very cool beach bar the Etxola Bibi. This open-air bar is located on the cliff with a beautiful view of the Côte des Basques beach, It’s a perfect spot for a beer on a sunny day or a game of pétanque with the locals. If you stay after sunset you get to enjoy live music shows as well.

Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view of the Côte des Basques beach in Biarritz
Etxola Bibi- great place for a beer with a view of the Côte des Basques beach

Along the coastline of Biarritz –the best places to visit in Biarritz

2. Take a long walk on the promenade

along the coast line of Biarrtz
A sand artist on the coastline of Biarritz

if you don’t have a lot of time to spend in Biarritz but still want to see its best parts, you can follow the beautiful promenade all along the beaches of Biarritz and see most of the main sites (which I’ll be mentioning in this article). 

A large part of the promenade is located on several cliffs from which you have a beautiful view of Biarritz’s beaches. Don’t miss Sam, the sand artist who’s making beautiful sketches on wet sand.If you want to have photogenic memories of this walk, you can also take this Private Photographic tour of Biarritz.

3. See the view from the Lighthouse (Le Phare)

The view from Biarritz's lighthouse
The view from Biarritz’s lighthouse

The lighthouse is located in the northern part of the coast of Biarritz, right on the border of Landes and rising to a height of 73 meters above sea level. You have to climb 248 steps to get to the top but I promise you, it’s worth it! 

The view from the lighthouse is mesmerizing, especially on a sunny day. The panoramic scenery provides a sweeping view that encompasses both the entire coastline and the city center. This is a great place to start your walk along the coast or alternatively to see the sunset if you visit Biarritz when the sun goes down before 6 pm, as that’s when the lighthouse closes in the evening.  See the opening hours here.

A more exciting way to see the view of Biscay Bay with its stunning beaches and villages is the  Atlantic coast helicopter trip from Biarritz.

4. Explore the architecture

One of the best ways to discover the city is by strolling on the streets and observing its architecture. When you visit Biarritz try to go beyond the few tourist streets and look for the unique houses and mansions. The best way to discover the architectural treasures of Biarrtiz is by taking a guided walking tour (this one starts from the lighthouse). 

Architecture in Biarritz
Architecture in Biarritz

But if you’re not taking a tour, here are two noticeable places that you should pay attention to on your stroll. First is the Hotel du Palais which was the summer palace of Eugénie (the last French empress) and is located between the Grande Plage and Plage Miramar. The second is the Chapelle Imperiale which was Eugénie’s private chapel. If you have time, visit the chapel to see its beautiful interior. During the tourist season, the opening hours are Thursday and Saturday (14-18).

5. Go to the beach at the Grand Plage

Le Grand Plage is the main beach in Biarritz. It’s wide, close to most hotels, and is comfortable for bathing. That also makes it the most crowded beach during high season. For those seeking the city beach ambiance and not particularly inclined towards surfing, this spot is an ideal place to relax during your stay in Biarritz. 

Le Grand Plage is the main beach in Biarritz
Grand Plage in Biarritz – by Lost in Bordeaux

For surfers, the go-to place is Plage de la Côte Basque, where you can choose to rent surfing equipment or take a surf lesson from an allee of surfing schools. 

if you don’t mind walking or cycling farther from the city center, there’s a nicer and less crowded beach I highly recommend. For that, you need to get to the south of Biarritz to Plage de la Milady or Plage Marbella which I’ll talk about later.

6. Port des Pêcheurs

A few minutes walk from the Grand Plage will bring you to one of the most romantic places in Biarritz. Port des Pêcheurs is a little harbor that was built by Napoleon III in the 1800s and previously served the fishermen of the city. You can still find the fishermen’s little colorful houses, some of which serve as restaurants with a beautiful view of the boats docking at the port.

port des pecheurs biarritz
Port des Pecheurs in Biarritz

If it’s seafood and fish you’re after then this is the place for you. The restaurants in the port will serve you fresh-off-the-boat fish, a variety of seafood such as oysters and crabs, and other classic dishes from Basque cuisine. My favorite restaurant is Casa Juan Pedro, which offers delicious local dishes for affordable prices.

7. A boat trip 

From Port des Pêcheurs you can also go on a cruise Bay of Biscay and discover the Basque coast by boat. Excursion Bateau Biarritz is run by a professional skipper, Jerome, who will take you on a magical day trip that includes Swimming and snorkeling in the creeks of Biarritz, lunch on the beach, a visit to the bay of Saint Jean de Luz and more. 

The minimum age for this activity is 2yo and you must book it in advance – see all the details here.

8. Sunset and wine

During your discovery of the coastline, you will see a few exquisite little bars located on the headlands with the perfect ambiance for an early evening drink. These are the best places to see the sunset while sipping a glass of wine and snacking on a charcuterie plate.

view from the Olatua bar
See the sun go down from the Olatua bar in Biarritz

The place I found most charming was OLATUA, with a very chill atmosphere of friends meeting at the end of a working day. You might have to wait a bit for a table with a good view, but it’s worth it.

Address: Olatua, Jardins de l’Atalaye, 64200 Biarritz

9. Rocher de la Vierge

Perched on the dramatic cliffs of Biarritz, the Rocher de la Vierge emerges as a mesmerizing natural landmark and cultural symbol. Previously used as a platform for whale-watching it is now one of Biarrtiz’s more recognizable spots. Translated as the “Rock of the Virgin,” this site owes its name to the statue of the Virgin Mary standing on the top of the rock.

rocher de la vierge
Rocher de la Vierge – one of the hallmarks of Biarritz

Accessible by a scenic footbridge, the Rocher de la Vierge offers breathtaking panoramic views of the Bay of Biscay and Côte des Basques (the surfing coastline). The sound of crashing waves against the rocks adds a symphonic backdrop to the sensory experience. The view gets particularly stunning around sunset time, but it’s a magnificent spot to visit any time of the day.

7. The Aquarium of Biarritz

Another very popular attraction in Biarritz is the Biarritz Aquarium (also known as the Musée de la Mer) which is located in an art-deco building next to Rocher de la Vierge. The museum includes huge aquariums with fish, sharks, and seals. You can also learn about the history of whales in Biarritz through a series of exhibits. This place is very popular with kids and can be a great escape for a rainy day.

You can buy the tickets online and if you’re also planning to visit the Cité de l’Océan I recommend purchasing the combined ticket.

Address:  Musée de la Mer, Plateau de l’Atalaye, 64200 Biarritz

11. Plage Port Vieux for a safe swim with kids

Plage port vieux - the best beach for kids in Biarritz
Plage port vieux – for a safe swim – by Lost in Bordeaux

After you’ve visited the Rocher de la Vierge (or the Biarritz aquarium nearby) continue walking along the coastline until you see a beautiful tiny beach from the top. This is Plage Port Vieux, the smallest and in my opinion, the prettiest beach in Biarritz. It’s located on a tiny bay between two cliffs creating a very sheltered beach which makes it the safest place for kids and adults to swim.

The problem is that it’s very small so it tends to be packed with families during the summer. If you’re looking for a quiet beach continue down the road to the southern part of Biarritz.

12. Villa Belza

Villa Belza

Another charming spot on the coastline comes right after the Port Vieux beach. Villa Belza is a beautiful 19th-century mansion located between the Rocher de la Vierge and the Côte des Basques. This mysterious house was used in the past as a setting for films and cabaret evenings. 

Next to Villa Belza, there’s a nice little cafe/bar, named the Eden Rock cafe with a beautiful view of the little Post Vieux beach. They have a DJ playing live music and it’s a great place for early evening cocktails.

Address: Eden rock café, 2-4 Espl. du Port Vieux, 64200 Biarritz

13. Plage Marbella

Another much more isolated beach is Plage Marbella in the South of Biarritz.  Characterized by its towering waves, this beach radiates a distinctly wild ambiance, making it a preferred haven for seasoned surfers.

a bar on plage Marbella
a bar on plage Marbella

One of Marbella’s best features is Debololo, the surfers’ outdoor bar, which is located on the cliff, just before you go down to the beach. Debololo with its local vibe has a light menu (quiches, sandwiches, etc.) and lots of cold drinks. 

Address: Debololo, impasse Marbella, Biarritz, France 64200

14. Go on a day trip from Biarritz 

There is an incredible amount of places to visit in the Basque region, and you need at least a few weeks to cover it all. But let’s be realistic, most people only have a few days when they are visiting the region, so I want to give you the highlights. 

If you have an extra day or two in Biarritz and you want to profit from the proximity of the town to other attractive destinations, it’s quite easy to do. The main popular places you can go to by train or bus from Biarritz are San Sebastian, a resort town on the Spanish side of the border (50 km from Biarritz); Saint Jean de Luz, a beautiful little fishing town (20 km from Biarritz) and Bayonne, one of the biggest cities in the area known for its chocolate and ham (10 km from Biarritz). 

Personally, Bayonne, the capital of the French Basque country is my favorite one. The city is known for its charming old town with narrow cobblestone streets and Basque-style houses. But Bayonne also happens to be one of the most gastronomic destinations in the southwest of France. So when there, I highly recommend taking a food tour so you can easily discover all the gastronomic gems of this city. 

Bayonne - a day trip from Biarritz
Bayonne -by Lost in Bordeaux

Where to eat in Biarritz – food and nightlife

The food is by far my favorite part of Biarritz! The richness of the Basque cuisine and the proximity to Spain makes this place a paradise for foodies. Seafood restaurants, an amazing market, great burgers, and awesome tapas bars, Biarritiz’s got everything and it’s all delicious.

15. Les Halles de Biarritz – the market of Biarritz

Halles de Biarritz
Halles de Biarritz

Marché aux Halles, Biarritz’s main market is one of the best attractions this city has to offer. This bustling market, housed in a charming Art Deco building was built in 1885 and has since become a gastronomic institution. You can find here the best regional delicacies, fresh produce, artisanal treats and even amazing coffee. 
My favorite way to discover a local market in many French cities I go to is taking a food tour with someone local. It’s not only the best way to discover the regional specialties but also to learn about the local life and culture. Several food tours in Biarrtiz will help you discover the market, one of them is the Biarritz guided walking & gourmet tour.

Eat oysters in les halles de Biarritz
Eat oysters in les halles de Biarritz

Next to the big market, you will find another smaller building, which is the fish and seafood market. Here you can order a plate of oysters with white wine and just enjoy the good life of Biarritz. 

This type of covered market has become very popular in France and in recent years you can see them popping up in many cities around the country. Usually, these are very lively during the day and quiet after 14:00 but Biarrtiz is different. This market is the go-to place for locals for lunch, apero, or a night out with friends. And while the market itself closes early, all the restaurants around it stay open. And I’ll mention a few of them later. 

The market tends to be very busy, especially on weekends, so try to come as early as you can. The market is open daily from 7:30 to 14:00 and also from 18:00 to 21:00 from mid-July to the 3rd week of August.

16. Basque food and tapas places

You can feel the Spanish influence on the French Basque cuisine in many of Biarritz’s restaurants. Excellent tapas bars with colorful Pintxos are an integral aspect of the city’s culinary landscape. In general, I found that the market area is the food hub of the city and harbors the best tapas bars in Biarritz.

Bar Jean in Biarritz
Bar Jean – one of the food institutions of Biarritz

One of the oldest and busiest tapas places in Biarritz is Bar jean. Located just in front of the market, the bar offers an impressive variety of dishes and tapas. This spot typically attracts a lively mix of tourists and fashionable locals gathering around its red bar. Bar Jean offers all the traditional Basque dishes as well as self-severed Pintxos from the bar. The food is indeed delicious, but the speed with which the waiters move makes for a slightly cold and impersonal service. Having said that I highly recommend spending at least one evening there.

Le Comptoir du Foie Gras in Biarritz
Le Comptoir du Foie Gras

Another great tapas bar is Le Comptoir de fois gras, a perfect place to finish your market visit. They offer a foie gras pintxo as well as a great selection of Charcuterie that you can accompany with a bottle of wine or champagne while watching the people rush in and out of the market.

17. Buy local products

Biarritz is rich with delicious Basque products, most of which you will try in the local restaurants. If you want to take some of the French basque flavors and specialties home with you, visit one of the many local product boutiques around the city.

basque products
Buy local products in Biarritz

Some of the highlights of Basque gastronomy are the Espellette peppers, the Basque cheese, Bayonne Ham, Basque cakes and chocolate, and the Irouleguy wines (with a strong flavor). Most of the products can be found in the market as well as in one of the shops in front of the market, Etxe Peio. Another beautiful shop for Basque products is Mikelena, which is located in the city center. 

If you have some time in Biarrtiz I also recommend taking a trip to the countryside to see how some of these delicates are produced. If you don’t want the hassle of organizing it yourself, you can take this Basque Country Food tour.

18. Good restaurants

The list of good restaurants in Biarrtiz is too long and it requires a separate article, but I wanted to give you at least three great ones to start with.

EPOQ – a chic restaurant, that prides itself on a stylish ambiance and a menu spotlighting locally sourced and organic dishes. 

Bistro Le Pim’pi – For a good old-fashioned style French Bistro – French classic dishes with an innovative touch.Frenchie – in the gastronomic territory we have this stylish restaurant that’s located in the Regina Hotel.

19. Basque Patisserie

I find it amazing that every region you visit in France has its own local patisserie! In Biarritz, it’s the Gâteaux Basques (Basque cakes) that come in many flavors such as nougat, cream, and pistachio. Another specialty is the local macaroon which is less pretty than the Parisian one but loses no points on taste and texture. 

The basque patisserie is very much based on ground almonds, resembling a bit the taste of croissant aux amandes. My favorite patisserie place is Patiserrie Adam, for its huge variety of basque cakes, the beautiful presentation of every pastry and chocolate, and the very lovely service (they gave us a lot of chocolate to taste 🙂 ).

patisserie Adam
Taste amazing Basque patisserie in Adam

Another much more famous one is Miremont, which is not just a patisserie place but rather a fancy tea house with beautiful desserts and chocolates and high prices accordingly.

20. Burgers

Les CAB Biarritz
Les CAB – great place for a burger

Burgers became popular in Biarritz and you can find several American-style places with good burgers in the city. My favorite was Le Comptoir à Burger, also known as Le CAB, located on rue Gambetta, which is yet another street full of great restaurants. Their super tasty burgers come with a variety of special toppings such as mozzarella, dry tomatoes, and homemade fries.

21. Nightlife in Biarrtiz

Biarritz is not a party town and you won’t see streets full of clubs with people dancing till morning. The atmosphere here is relaxed and people just love to go out for a drink and eat well. Some of the bars/restaurants can be open quite late if you want to continue drinking after dinner. 

Two of them are located on one of the main streets in the center,  Rue de port vieux: the Ventillo cafe with live music in the evenings and the Basque bar with a younger vibe. Both are open after midnight which is not obvious in Biarritz.

The market area is another place that becomes alive in the evening. Locals love to have an apero in one of the many bars and you will see the places getting busy with groups of friends as the evening carries on.

night life around the market in Biarritz
night life around the market in Biarritz

There are also a few nightclubs such as le Duplex and Carré Coast but I’m not a nightclub person so I can’t tell you from personal experience if they are good 🙂

Shopping in Biarritz

Given the relatively small size of the city, Biarritz offers a great shopping experience with a variety of famous French retail chains and local boutiques with an emphasis on beachwear and Biarritz-related products.

22. Where to shop for clothing in Biarritz

In general, there are two main areas for shopping in the center of Biarritz. If you are looking for famous boutiques like Zadig et Voltaire and Morgan go to Avenue Edouard VII, a home to some of the biggest French and international boutiques. You can also head to Galerie Lafayette where all the biggest clothing and cosmetics brands are on display.

Shopping street in Biarritz
Avenue Edouard VII – Shopping street in Biarritz

If you’re interested in smaller more local boutiques you can find some of them around the market (Les Halles de Biarritz), like Rue Gambetta or Rue Victor Hugo. You can also head to the very charming streets rue mazagran and rue du port vieux  – two little pedestrian streets full of boutiques, cafes, bars, and galleries.

23. Buy Souvenirs 

presents from Biarritz
Some of the presents you can bring back home

If you are looking for presents or memorabilia to bring from Biarritz, there are a few special items that can be great presents. One of the most popular merchandise in Biarritz is the espadrilles, made-in-France slippers that come in all colors and can be a great present for the summer. They are sold in many shops around Biarritz, but if you want a huge selection go to the very chic Art of Soule shoe store.

Les espadrilles
Espadrilles – a nice present to bring from Biarritz

Other very popular items are Biarritz’s aprons or the colorful little surfboards with cool graffiti or Biarritz’s scenery on them. One store that has a great selection of presents is Colibri.

Indoor activities to do in Biarritz

24. Museums

There are a few interesting museums in Biarritz and although most people come here for the beaches, it’s good to have some interesting indoor places in case it rains.

Apart from the Aquarium mentioned above, there’s an entertaining museum called Cité de l’océan. The Ocean Museum offers plenty of interactive and fun activities and multimedia exhibits that help you explore the relationship of Biarritz with the ocean. If you don’t feel like surfing in the real ocean, you can try the virtual reality surf experience in the museum. You can purchase tickets combining the museum with the Aquarium.

Another good museum is the Musée Asiatica, with several collections from China, Nepal, and Tibet as well as a large gallery of Indian subcontinent art.

25. Casino

Casino Barrière in Biarritz
Casino Barrière

Ever felt inadequate in a casino? well, not in this one :). The Casino of Biarritz is located in an art deco building on the main beach, Le grande plage. It’s probably not the most extravagant casino you’ve ever been to, but maybe the relaxed feeling is what makes it nice. There is no real dress code to get inside, except that men need to wear long pants.

Where to stay in Biarritz?

For those of you looking for a hotel for your stay in Biarritz, here’s a list of a few recommended hotels. I included both 3 and 4-star hotels and also one very luxurious option so that everyone can find something for their budget and needs. All of the hotels are located in the center of Biarritz, within a few minutes walk from one of the beaches, and with plenty of restaurants around.

Best Western Kemaris

A lovely 3 – star hotel situated in a typical French Basque house. It’s located just a few minutes walk from the surfing beach and about 10 minutes walk from all the shops and restaurants in the city center. The rooms are very bright and the design is quite minimalist (in a good way). Click here to book.

Best Western Kemaris
Best Western Kemaris

Résidence Vacances Bleues Le Grand Large

If you’re traveling with kids this is a great option for you. It’s an apartment-hotel with spacious rooms and a kitchen in every apartment so if you prefer to buy your food at the market and cook, this is perfect for you. The hotel does offer breakfast and has a restaurant for those who prefer not to hassle with cooking. The high building itself is not extremely charming but the rooms are nice and the view is spectacular. It’s also perfectly located within a few minutes walk from all the restaurants and the kids friendly beach (Plage Port Vieux). If it’s a bit cold outside for a beach day, the hotel offers a heated pool. Click here to book.

Hotel Windsor Grande Plage

This 4-star hotel is located right on the main beach of Biarritz with an amazing view of the ocean. It’s situated in what used to be a private mansion and has a very elegant white design. This hotel is perfect for couples on a romantic vacation 🙂 Click here to book.

Hotel Villa Koegui Biarritz

If you usually love to stay in boutique hotels, Villa Koegui Biarritz is a great option. The 4-star hotel is located very close to the beach and the main market of Biarritz. If you book the breakfast option you get to enjoy it in their lovely garden. Just one issue, the shower opens to the bedroom, meaning that it doesn’t have a separate door (I know it’s an issue for some people). But other than that it’s a great cozy hotel with great staff and service. Click here to book.

Le Regina Biarritz Hotel & Spa MGallery by Sofitel

This is the most luxurious option on my list. Le Regina is a marvelous 5-star hotel situated in a 1907 Belle Epoque building with an amazing Art Deco lobby. Besides the beautiful design, it has great amenities such as a big outdoor pool, a spa, a chef restaurant and more. The hotel is located between the main beach and Biarrit’s famous lighthouse. It’s very close to the main shopping street and about 20 minutes walk from the main market and the old port. Click here to book.

I hope this long list of things to do and see and where to eat and shop was useful for those planning to visit Biarritz. If Biarritz is not on your travel destinations list, you should definitely add it as you don’t want to miss the beautiful beaches, the delicious Basque food and the chill ambiance of this place!

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