Luxurious resorts overlooking elegant promenades. Vast stretches of white sandy beach lined with classy bars and restaurants. Biarritz is the holiday destination for those with great taste in travel- but you don’t have to be a member of the elite to join this crowd. You can take a bus from Bayonne, Anglet or Hendaye and stay anywhere from a world-class resort to a backpacker’s guest house by the beach. But no matter what, here are 6 things to do in this awesome resort town:
Stroll the Promenade Spend a sun-soaked day taking in the sights, sounds and smells of Biarritz from the promenade lining the beach. You’ll pass the Casino Barriere, Fisherman’s Port and statue of Madonna intended to keep the fisherman safe.
Catch a Wave Surfing in Biarritz is the city’s # sport for great reason: they have some of the best waves in this part of the world! Biarritz is actually the birthplace of surfing in Europe, so whether you’re a long-time enthusiast or just getting started, this is the place to hit the waves with your board. There’s something for everyone, from great rentals at the beachside surf shops to multi-day surf academies for those wanting an in-depth introduction to the sport.
Explore the Outskirts During a free day, catch a bus to the nearby Bayonne and Saint Jean de Luz to check out these other cute little French towns. If you visit in July, don’t miss the annual Fete de Bayonnes, a major city-wide festival that takes over Bayonne with a party in the streets. Head farther south to San Sebastian to explore the city just inside the Spain border.
Browse the Shops If there’s one thing you can count on in a luxurious resort town, its an abundance of cute (and often expensive) shops. But that’s why we love window shopping, right ladies! It’s great because there are mainly small independent shops, not those big superstores that take over everything. So you’ll find specialty cheese and chocolate shops, jewelry, boutique clothing and handcrafts…anything under the sun.
Gamble Even if you’re not a big gambler, it’s an experience in itself to try your luck a the Casino Barriere. You’ll feel posh amidst the luxurious interior and clientele playing at the machines and tables. You’re in the south of France after all, so put your money on red and see what happens!