For sun, surfing and shopping – holidays to Biarritz serve up major south-of-France glamour.
Sun, sea and surf
Surf’s up in Biarritz! It’s said to be the place where surfing first arrived in Europe, so it goes without saying, this beachside town is a haven for those who can’t get enough of the waves. Sandy shores and warm summer temperatures make Biarritz beaches a great hub for chilling out with a glass of Basque cider or a plate of French tapas – known as pintxos – in hand. Head inland, and you’ll find bars and restaurants that open until late, plus shopping streets filled with designer names – the rich and famous have been holidaying here since the 1850s, after all.
Climb the Biarritz Lighthouse
Feeling energetic? Grab a ticket for just a few euros and climb the 248 steps of the Phare de Biarritz, right by La Grande Plage. It’ll be worth it when you get to the top, as the 360-degree views of the beach and city are pretty special. It looks just as photo-worthy from the ground, too – especially at night when the lighthouse glows.