Biarritz, France – at first glance it’s not even very similar to a classic resort: rather, a place where they live, relaxing. Free with the ocean. It is present everywhere – even if it is not visible. It is felt both on the city streets, and in parks and in any other place: starting from the airport or train station. Ocean = open space, so we can say that you here – beyond the open space. The problems of the crowded beaches of the Mediterranean or the paths of the Loire Valley of this area are not yet familiar. Open space = freedom, and here you really feel much freer than in other resort places.
Biarritz – France: not the same thing?
Beaches and surfing. All beaches are free, wide (sometimes even very) and almost all sandy. There are with waves – for surfers, there are calm – for kids, and with playgrounds. The Atlantic Ocean is very prone to ebbs and flows – with all the consequences (sorry for the pun) consequences. So sometimes you have to go for water. Biarritz – Mecca of surfers, the most large-scale competitions and festivals are held annually. But for ordinary bathers there is room and pleasure.
Proximity to Spain and the Pyrenees. The border with Spain is half an hour by train or 20 minutes by car (if there are no traffic jams). To the nearest popular city of San Sebastian: by train an hour and a half (change), by bus an hour (direct). Well, half an hour by car (again, no traffic jams). I’m writing about traffic jams because this is a local problem in season, so I advise trains. In any case, a great opportunity to visit Spain and walk through the picturesque places of the Pyrenees, and this must be done.
Basque land. Mysterious people with a mysterious background and language. Traditions are alive, language is alive and there is even some kind of chauvinism, which migrants sometimes complain about. True, this does not hurt tourists. A delightful cuisine that has already turned into a real legend. Originality and even traditional clothes in everyday life – including the famous berets. The famous battle led by Roland. The peculiar architecture of the houses, the game of pelota and the wonderful Basque villages in the foothills and the Pyrenees. There is no longer a train or bus here, and you can’t often do without a car – but it’s definitely worth it.
Style. Elegant and beloved resort of the European and Russian aristocracy. Elegant building of the Beautiful Era, the velvet seasons of Biarritz. Ancient cafes, Coco Chanel and magnificent views. Biarritz is stylish – but not stiff, popular – but not fashionable. In a sense, this place is “not for everyone”, but not for the elite – but for connoisseurs who understand. Basque traditions and houses with Belle Époque, together with the ocean, the promenade and the Pyrenees are a unique combination of sophistication and accessibility.
Mild climate. Mild winters and lack of summer heat. The Pyrenees take away excess moisture from the winds that came from Spain. Therefore, in winter the air temperature in Biarritz is higher than in other regions of the country. Thanks to the Gulf Stream, the water is warm (up to +25 in summer). It has the official status of the climatic and balneological resort of France. The average temperature in summer is +20 +25, in winter +8 +10. Long rainfall is a rarity. It has a very healthy and comfortable climate.
Biarritz: the most picturesque places
Ancient lighthouse Phare de Biarritz. 2 km from the center, in a small park. Below there is a small open cafe. It is very beautiful even in bad weather, there are stunning views of the entire coast around, you can make great photos. It is difficult to climb on foot – there are about 250 steps, but it’s worth it. A peculiar symbol of the city and the best, perhaps, the panorama of Biarritz and the surrounding area.
Cloche du Plateau de l’Atalaye and Rocher de la Vierge. Near the center, the main cape of Biarritz. Nice views and nice walk. Be sure to walk and take a photo as a keepsake.
La Cote des Basques. The coastal line from the old port to Milady beach, approximately. Sand and rocky shores with arches and bridges on which you can walk for hours and enjoy the ocean from different angles. Fantastic sunsets and energy.
Where to get from Biarritz:
Bidart (Bidart) and Getar (Guethary). Charming Basque villages located on the ocean.
Sare (Sare) and Enoah (Ainhoa). Ancient villages listed as the most beautiful villages in France. Both are located near the Spanish border. Four kilometers from Sara is an important geographical feature that has become a symbol of the Basque Country – Mount Larrun.
Biarritz – France, how to get there.
– From Paris direct TGV to Biarritz 4 hours. Bordeaux 2 hours.
– By car: Marseille 6 hours. Barcelona 6 hours. Toulouse 3 hours.