Biarritz may have once lived life as a fishing point, but today it’s one of the most glam destinations in France, combining Basque culture with serious style on the Bay of Biscay. Napoleon III used to holiday here –  and now it’s your turn.  Here’s where to find beach glamour in Biarritz.

Stop 1: Le Grand Plage   

Classic sun shades line Biarritz's Grand Plage / Image: Emmy Martens for Biarritz Tourisme

Lay out your towel next to the coiffed and bejewelled sunbathers on the banana-shaped Le Grand Plage. This is the city’s most central beach, and a great place for sunbathing, swimming and prime people watching. 

Stop 2: Eden Rock Cafe  

Let’s face it –  there’s not much  that beats a glass of wine or chilled beer on a sunny terrace. At Eden Rock Cafe you’ll get all that – plus brag-worthy sea views. Get there early to bag your spot. 

Stop 3: Plage de la Cote des Basques  

Plage de la Cote des Basques is where Euro-surfing began / Image: Emmy Martens for Biarritz Tourisme

Forget what you think you know about surfers, in a glitzy city like Biarritz, they come in all styles. Head to Plage de la Cote des Basques in the south of Biarritz to watch them –  it’s long, a little wild and is the place where Euro-surfing began in 1957. 

Stop 4: Chez Albert  

Seafood lovers listen up –  this harbourside restaurant serves some of the best in town, with freshly-caught fish making up most of the menu. Reserve ahead to make sure you get in, or have a drink elsewhere and saunter past around 9.30pm for the chance of an impromptu table.

Stop 5: Rocher de la Vierge  

The footbridge from Pointe Atalaye / Image: Emmy Martens for Biarritz Tourisme

At the end of Pointe Atalaye you’ll see a footbridge which extends all the way out to sea to Rocher de la Vierge – a huge rock crowned with the statue of the Virgin and Child. Look left for views of the Spanish Basque Country.