Biarritz Destination Guide

Located in the southwest of France at the foot of the Pyrenees and on the border with Spain, the Basque Country is an authentic region. It has a strong identity that is revealed through its inhabitants’ pride in their language, culture and tradition. The locals are very welcoming and open-minded, embracing visitors in a warm and friendly manner. The richness of the landscapes between the ocean and mountains attracts lovers of nature still preserved.

There are beautiful beaches, an eclectic mix of architecture and a lively atmosphere with festivities throughout the year. With many different neighbourhoods and a mix of people within the communities, it is a truly pleasant place to live, local or foreign, young or old, all are welcome.

Activities

With its changing climate, hot in summer and remarkably gentle winter, the Basque Country offers many activities. These include hiking, sailing, cycling, surfing, golf or Basque pelota, a typical local sport. There is a very high quality of life in this region. This is for the simple reason that the craftsmen, shopkeepers and restauranteurs are passionate about their trade and eager to share with visitors to the Basque country.

Sunny and dynamic, the city of Biarritz remains a charming destination. The authenticity of the Basque Country attracts both French and foreigners who wish to invest in real estate. A privileged living environment, economic dynamism, population growth and an exquisite setting continue to attract a high level of investors and travellers alike. There are many prestigious properties, from private beachfront villas to luxury duplexes in the city centre, bourgeois houses and traditional character homes in the countryside.

The city of Biarritz has a strong culture of surfing with beach-goers enjoying the warmer weather throughout the year. It is undoubtedly one of the most well-known of all the towns and villages within the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. Biarritz is easily accessible thanks to the motorway, the railway station and the airport. This is mere minutes from the city centre, connecting to Switzerland, the UK, Ireland and Spain.

Some of the most popular events within the year are the Biarritz Surf Festival in July, and the fêtes de Bayonne in August. This is one of the most famous festivals in France. Rugby is an incredibly popular sport here, and the team Biarritz Olympic is one of the top rugby teams in Europe. For those who enjoy golf, there are some of the oldest and most prestigious courses in France. Golf passes are available from the tourism board should you wish to indulge.

Travel

Coming from abroad visitors can fly to Biarritz Pays Basque Airport. Alternatively, visitors can take the TGV, Intercités and SNCF trains from Paris to Biarritz.