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Once a favourite beach getaway for Napoleon, Biarritz is a stylish seaside town on the southwest of France’s coast. It radiates sophistication with elegant churches, beautiful scenery, and Michelin starred restaurants. On the other hand, it’s also a world-famous surfer’s paradise with great waves, large beaches, and plenty of surf schools.
Biarritz’s variety of museums attract history lovers from around the globe. Watch a documentary with a virtual reality headset at the City of the Ocean Museum or marvel at the Indian, Chinese, Tibetan, and Nepalese collections at Musee Asiatica! There’s plenty of sightseeing to do too, head to Rocher de la Vierge where a scenic bridge leads to a rocky outcrop adorned with a statue of the Virgin Mary.
Biarritz is great for a family holiday, with children loving its interactive museums, surf schools, and the delicious treats in the patisseries! Meanwhile, the town boasts wine bars, dreamy beaches, and stunning sunsets for a couple’s romantic getaway.
With a variety of attractions, you won’t find yourself bored in Biarritz!
Biarritz is charming in both the daytime and the night time. Wine-lovers will enjoy a tasting evening at a wine bar, whilst those seeking a more vibrant nightlife can head to any of the pubs, bars, clubs, or even the casino!
Located near the border of France and Spain, Biarritz enjoys a mix of both country’s cuisines. Whether you want to dine in a gourmet Michelin starred restaurant, a historic tea room, or a local restaurant, you’re bound to enjoy your meal!
The beaches are great for families. Older children can try out surfing at a surf school whilst younger ones can play in the waves and enjoy ice cream. The City of the Ocean museum is also a favourite, with interactive and virtual reality attractions.
The most popular beach in Biarritz is La Grande Plage. Welcoming beginner surfers and sunbathers alike, this beautiful stretch of golden sand homes surf schools, umbrellas, and restaurants for all to enjoy!
Biarritz has a variety of shopping opportunities. Edouard VII avenue is where you’ll find designer labels, such as Hermès, whereas well-known surf shops like Quiksilver and O’Neill can be found near the beaches.
On the 21st of June, Biarritz hosts the Fête de la Musique. On this day, a selection of different musical groups play around the city, with venues including La Grande Plage and Place Sainte Eugenie.
The best time to go to Biarritz is during the months of June, July and August. This period sees the warmest weather, with temperatures averaging in the mid 20s. Biarritz’s mild climate is perfect for a beach holiday, as it homes great conditions for both sunbathing and surfing!
Euro is used here so there’s no need to worry about conversion rates.
Biarritz is one hour ahead of Ireland.
There are direct flights from Dublin to Biarritz with a flight time of just over 2 hours. The city centre is only a 10-minute drive from the airport. A lot can be reached by foot in Biarritz, but there are also the options of renting a car, or getting a train, taxi, or bus.