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They all used to come here – from Napoleon III to Frank Sinatra. Biarritz used to be the Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast. The glamour has faded, but thanks to windsurfing and other water sports, the city has rejuvenated. It is now the perfect destination for a relaxing weekend break, complete with some of the best food around. There is no need to rush in Biarritz. The city is fairly small, and you can easily see everything there is to see even during a short visit. One thing worth setting aside time for is the morning market in Les Halles. Try the city’s own mamia, fresh curd sheep’s milk.

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Hôtel du Palais

This is one of the grand hotels in the world. Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III, created it at the end of the 19th century and it still towers over the northern end of Grand Plage. A visit is well worth the time, in fact, it is almost a must see – the interiors and the atmosphere are reminiscent of a bygone era.

1 Avenue de l’Impératrice, Biarritz
Plateau de l’Atalaye

The views of the Atlantic waves crashing over the cliffs below are dramatic. This is where the whale watchers would have been on the lookout. A statue of the Virgin Mary, raised in 1865, perches on one of the cliffs. Nearby is the quaint Place Ste-Eugénie square and the old fishing port Port des Pêcheurs.

Place Ste-Eugénie square, Biarritz
Chez Albert

Locals love to frequent bistro Chez Albert in the old fishing port. This seafood restaurant serves portions of oysters, clams and crab large enough to fill up anyone. From the outdoor patio you get a nice view of the harbour.

51 Bis all Fishermen's Harbour, Biarritz
Le Pim'pi

Le Pim'pi offers a well-selected menu and the traditional French dishes are homemade without exception. The variety of local wines is impressive and the service staff is warm and friendly.

14, Avenue Verdun, Biarritz
Planète Musée du Chocolat

Indulge in a chocolate experience few people will have the chance to try and many will envy you for. The museum has delicious sculptures and interesting information that will reveal that chocolate actually originated in Basque country, aided by Christopher Columbus who returned home with cacao. The church considered hot chocolate to be a dangerous aphrodisiac but that didn’t stop it from spreading all over Europe.

14 Avenue Beau Rivage
Central Market

Inhale the flavours and spices of the Basque area at this authentic market. A great offer of fresh fruits and vegetables and the friendly atmosphere make this place a favourite of locals. If you want to find a great selection make sure to come early, the market usually closes around noon.

1 Rue des Halles, Biarritz

Passport / Visa

France can be visited visa-free for up to 90 days by citizens of Australia, New Zealand, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Malaysia, Israel, UAE and most countries in America. If you are unsure whether or not you need to apply for a visa, we recommend contacting the embassy or consulate in your country. International (non-Schengen) travelers need a passport that is valid for at least 3 months after the end of their intended trip in order to enter the Schengen zone. Citizens of Schengen countries can travel without a passport, but must have a valid ID with them during their stay.


The airport in Biarritz is located only a few miles from the city. It also serves nearby Anglet and Bayonne. The airport coach as well as several buses get you in to the city as well as the train. Train: From the Airport, you can get to Biarritz-La Négresse train station by using Chronoplus line C. The journey takes about 10 minutes. Bus: To travel to Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne, you can use the Chronoplus urban transport network, the local bus service. Bus Line nr 14 runs between the Airport and Biarritz centre. It operates Monday to Sunday. For more information, please check the following website: www.chronoplus.eu Regional Bus Service: The ATCRB runs a regular bus route starting from the airport, to Hendaye, stopping at Biarritz-La Négresse train station and then in the towns of Bidart, Guéthary, St-Jean-de-Luz and finally Hendaye. For more information, please check the website: www.transports64.fr There are also several car rentals such as Avis, Hertz, Europcar at the airport. Taxis are available outside the terminal building. You can also arrange a taxi pick up in advance.

7 Espl. de l'Europe, Anglet