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   

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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  

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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  

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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. 

 

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