Attractions in Biarritz, France

#5 in Best Places to Visit in France - Consider the fact that Biarritz is a coastal town that’s known to regale anyone who visits, you can easily draw your own conclusions concerning its superb beach scene. Biarritz is located in France. It finds its resort-roots all the way back to the mid-19th century. This was when Napoleon III himself came here accompanied by his Spanish-born wife, Eugénie.

Things to do in Biarritz, France

The first thing you’ll need to know if Biarritz is on your travel schedule is that it’s quite expensive. This means you may not exactly have a lot of free things to do here and the fun you can have comes at an eye-widening price. If you can afford it, you’re in for a paradise beyond imagination. The city of Bayonne, 8 kms west of here, is comparatively affordable, so check that out if you’re still adamant on coming to the region.

La Grande Plage, Biarritz, France

La Grande Plage, Biarritz, France

Set in the Atlantic-Pyrenees area of Aquitaine, Biarritz beaches are to die for. Check out La Grande Plage, the central beach hereabouts. It can get a bit crowded, so head to the Port Vieux and Milady beaches if you feel the pressure.

The light house, the sights, the food and the swim, all work magic on your very soul here on La Grande Plage. It so picturesque, you’ll have to take several snapshots because not just one will do. The rocky outgrowths at the ends of the coast and strewn about in the Bay of Biscay make for a beautifully wholesome sight.

Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz

Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz

You can find a casino in the central area of the beach. You can also wine and dine at the casino and see the ocean from a sensational rooftop view. Most of the buildings behind the beach are very old and maintained wonderfully well. You’ll find several old hotels here where the French cuisine is not to be missed out on. Whereas you have the lighthouse sitting on a rocky outcrop at Point St Martin, a walk along the beach to the other end, called Pointe Atalaye, is one of those memorable moments you simply have to experience to believe possible. Apart from the coves and walkways you’ll certainly enjoy, you’ll also catch sight of a place called Rocher de la Vierge. This is where a statue of the Virgin Mother Mary stands, a symbol of Biarritz.

Virgin Mother Mary Statue - Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz

Virgin Mother Mary Statue – Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz

Where there’s a beach, there are chances of ports sharing space. Head on down to Port des Pecheurs and appreciate the sublime fishing cottages, sea-food restaurants that serve dishes in the Basque style and a little walled marina which a few boats and yachts call home. Don’t worry, the place isn’t bleak. The vegetation growth comes in lovely colors and they compliment the blue-green of the Biscay Bay, so you have a treat for both your senses and your camera. You’ll find sea yuccas, agaves and hydrangeas to enjoy, especially when you see agaves and hydrangeas growing together. The former needs no water while the latter does, making this a rare sight.

Look to the south and you’ll see the Pyrenees Mountains. Learn to surf here on waves that are designed for the same, so to speak. Enjoy the glamorous French love for the modern and the natural existing in harmony here at Biarritz where the beaches are as lively as the waters in the Bay.

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