Biarritz, a prestigious city in the Basque Country, has always been home to strong cultural and gastronomic traditions. Just 20 minutes from the Lou P'tit Poun 4-star campsite and a few miles from Bayonne, come and visit an elegant and lively Basque city.
This major seaside resort on the Basque coast was once a small whaling port, before the Empress Eugénie and Victor Hugo came here in the 19th century and turned it into a fashionable summer residence. And you can still find several architectural elements bearing witness to a period that marked the history of Biarritz, including the Villa Eugénie, now known as the Hôtel du Palais, and the Biarritz Imperial Chapel.
Today the city is a famous seaside resort, especially known for board sports and surfing spots, as well as its chic and trendy atmosphere. But the city's assets don't stop there! Biarritz is firmly oriented towards the sea and can boast a rich heritage, including the Cité de L’Océan, the Biarritz lighthouse, the Aquarium, and not forgetting the landmark Rocher de la Vierge.
The resort has several big beaches with powerful waves coming in from the sea, helping to make Biarritz an internationally famous surfing spot. The beaches include:
- Côte des Basques beach: Considered one of the finest beaches in Europe, the Côte des Basques has also been the number one surfing spot in Biarritz since the first surfers came here in the 1950s.
- La Grande beach: Right at the heart of the city, the biggest beach in Biarritz is lifeguarded and also has a beach club for visitors on holiday with their families.
- Miramar beach: Miramar beach is lifeguarded in July and August. It extends from La Grande beach and is much appreciated for its peace and quiet and sheltered location.
Biarritz Market Hall
A real institution in the daily life of Biarritz, the Halles de Biarritz (market hall) is home to several dozen stallholders with mouth-watering fare that is always a big hit with visitors and locals.
Biarritz and golf
The town's second top sport is definitely golf, but you can also enjoy tennis, horse-riding, rugby and, of course, Basque pelota.