A Traveller's Guide to Biarritz, France
Biarritz: a surfer's paradise at the base of the Pyrenees
Situated Atlantic coast on the Bay of Biscay in south-western France, the seaside town of Biarritz is a popular destination for tourists and surfers. Adjacent to Biarritz are the towns of Bayonne and Anglet and the town is just 11 miles from the border with Spain. As well as an excellent holiday spot for beach goers, Biarritz provides an convenient base for exploring the Pyrenees mountain region.
Getting to and around Biarritz
Biarritz is a 7 and a half hour drive from Paris, with the town accessible via the D911 off the N10 motorway. The easiest route to get into Biarritz itself is by heading toward Bayonne then taking one the local roads from there.
The town is serviced by the Biarritz - Anglet - Bayonne Airport which is located just 2.8 miles from the city center. Direct international flights to and from Biarritz are available from Amsterdam, Copenhagen, Dublin, Bristol and London-Stansted as well as domestic flights from Paris (Orly and Charles de Gaulle) and Lyon. The airport shuttle bus into town costs around €1.5 and there are also plenty of taxis available.
If you are travelling into Biarritz by train, TGV high-speed services as well as the regional TER trains run from Paris several times a day. The journey from Paris on the TGV takes around 5 hours. There are also overnight services available which are popular with locals heading to Biarritz for a short weekend getaway. Biarritz–La Négresse train station is just over 1 mile away from the town center, with buses linking the two.
Bus services to and from Biarritz run from the bus terminal on square d'Ixelles in the town center to Bayonne, Anglet, Pau, Saint-Jen-de-Lux, Hendaye as well as some services over the border into Spain. It may be more convenient to travel from Bayonne if you are travelling from other destinations, particularly during the high season.
The town itself if very pedestrian-friendly and it is easy to get to wherever you need to go on foot, although some sections are quite hilly. There is also an excellent local bus network should you wish to give your legs a rest.
Things to see and do in Biarritz
Holidaying in Biarritz is quite expensive, nevertheless tourists from all walks of life visit the town, from the wealthy to beach bums. Most domestic tourists stay in Bayonne and commute to the ocean-side, while the youth and surfing crowds camp or stay at one of the hostels in Biarritz or Anglet. The beaches in Biarritz have some of the best waves in Europe, with the most popular surfing beach at Boulevard du Prince de Galles. The town's main beach is Grand Plage.There are also excellent surfing beaches at Anglet as well as a lovely small swimming beach by the Esplanade du Porte Vieux.