Flights to Biarritz

Ritzy and glamorous, Biarritz is as flashy as its name sounds, with the look of a beautiful 1920s film set.

Biarritz’s ‘piece de resistance’ are its decadent long sandy beaches and azure waters that hug its coastline. This is where the locals flock to top up their tans. Plage Miramar with its 1920s stripy beach tents is a veritable banquet of bronzing bodies. The Grand Plage and Cote de Basque are Biarritz’s best surfer beaches with superior waves and a captive audience. Esplanade du Porte Vieux is smaller and quieter and ideal for families with children.  

Those after a little pampering need look no further than the Thermes Marins baths where seaweed and sea-water based treatments are available to help achieve that beach-ready body. Alternative pursuits include golf at the Chiberta resort or rafting, kayaking, hiking, bird-watching and cycling in the stunning and little known Nature Reserve Plain D'Ansot.

Central Market is a cacophony of bartering and chatter around stalls of vibrant colourful foods that are well worth a wander through, while Galleries Lafayette boasts a good selection of boutiques. Shaped like a beautiful rolling wave, the Cite de l’Ocean tells the story of the sea while the aquarium at the Musee de la Mer, behind its spectacular art deco facade, displays octopus, lobsters, rays, turtles, tropical fish and hammerhead sharks. 

Explore the picturesque fishing villages of Vieux Port with its tiny crampottes (cottages) and historic streets before settling in to a local epicerie serving mouth-watering French and Basque delicacies. Continue with a visit to the Russian Orthodox Church built for Biarritz-loving Russian aristocrats, the Musee d’Art Oriental Asicatica with its Indian, Chinese and Tibetan treasures and, for those with a sweet tooth, the delicious Planète Musée du Chocolat. Feeling energetic? Climb the 258 steps to the Phare de Biarritz lighthouse for magical views of the Basque coast.

A stroll along the Rocher de la Vièrge Bridge is breath-taking by day with seagulls diving among the gigantic swirling swell below, which occasionally crashes over the bridge soaking its passengers on a wild day. By night the view is even more beguiling as the city lights shimmer in front of their mountain backdrop, twinkling out to sea.

The following information is correct as of November 2014 and is subject to change. Please check with the airline directly for complete accuracy.

Fly In

Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne International Airport is situated just 2 miles from the town centre of Biarritz and can be reached by car in 5-10 minutes. A local bus services operates from the airport terminal offering cheap and quick travel to the city centre. Taxis are also available from outside the airport. 

What you need to know

Currency: The Euro (€)

Visas: UK and EU citizens do not require a visa to enter France however an identity card or passport valid for the duration of stay is required. Nationalities outside the EU may require a visa for travel. More information can be found at a local embassy of the Foreign Office website.

Laws: Smoking is prohibited in all indoor public places including on public transport and in cafes, restaurants, museums, galleries and public monuments. The legal age for drinking alcohol in France is 16. It is also illegal to travel along a public highway, even by foot, under the influence of alcohol. The use of drugs is strictly prohibited in France. 

Best Time to Visit

The best times to avoid going to Biarritz are between July and August which are overrun with tourists searching for sunshine. Spring and early summer are still warm and much quieter months to visit. Prices are often lower at this time. Winter months can be cold, windy and wet by the coast, but if you want to make the most of the peace and tranquillity and crowd-free beaches, be sure to pack a few jumpers!

Other reasons to visit include the super cool surf festival held in July with mini festivals taking place on beaches throughout Biarritz as surfers from all over the world take to the waves. September sees the three-week long festival, Le Temps D’Aimer showcasing ballet, modern dance and many other cultural events. At the end of April, the Les Fetes Musicales musical style to Biarritz while the Biarritz Cup, a golfing extravaganza, is a must for all fans of the sport.  

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