How to Spend a Weekend in Biarritz -

How to Spend a Weekend in Biarritz

Surf, sand, and sophisticated charm: Biarritz is a captivating escape on France’s Basque Coast.

Biarritz boasts a laid-back atmosphere with a touch of grandeur. This historic seaside resort was once a playground for European royalty, and its legacy of elegance lingers. Today, Biarritz offers a vibrant mix of world-class surfing, stunning beaches, and a rich cultural scene. From indulging in delectable Basque cuisine to exploring the quaint town center, Biarritz promises an unforgettable weekend getaway.

Here at French Side Travel, we’ve curated the perfect itinerary to help you discover the magic of Biarritz.


How to Spend a Weekend in Biarritz

Where is Biarritz?

Tucked in the southwest corner of France, just 30 minutes from the Spanish border is the chic town of Biarritz. When people think of the Basque Country, they often think of destinations like Bilbao & San Sebastián in Spain, however, 3 of the 7 historic counties of the Basque Country are located in France!

How to Get to Biarritz

Biarritz is conveniently accessible by land or air. Biarritz Pays Basque Airport (BIQ) welcomes international flights, making it a breeze to jet in for your weekend escape. TGV high-speed trains whisk you away from Paris for a scenic journey in just 4 hours. If you’re already exploring southwestern France, Bordeaux is just a quick 2-hour train ride away, making Biarritz an easy add-on to your French adventure.

Check out: Elegant Bordeaux & Basque Journey


Things To Do in Biarritz

Sightseeing in Biarritz

Biarritz Lighthouse

No visit to Biarritz is complete without seeing the Phare de Biarritz. Towering 73 meters (239 feet) above the sea, this historic lighthouse has guided mariners since 1834. The climb to the top might test your calves with its 248 steps, but the reward is breathtaking. Panoramic views unfold before you, showcasing the vast expanse of the Atlantic Ocean, the Basque coastline, and even a glimpse of the majestic Pyrenees mountains on a clear day. It’s a postcard-perfect moment not to be missed

Rocher de la Vierge

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Biarritz’s crown jewel, the Rocher de la Vierge (Virgin Mary Rock), is a must-see on your trip. This rock formation is topped by a beautiful statue of the Virgin Mary, a symbol of protection for local fishermen. Walk along the unique metal bridge designed by Gustave Eiffel himself, and soak in the stunning ocean views.

Taste Regional Specialties

Delve into the Basque Country’s renowned cuisine. Indulge in melt-in-your-mouth macarons from Maison Adam (nothing like what you’ve had in Paris). For a sweet and savory combo, try the iconic cherry-filled Gâteau Basque from Maison Pariès, then head to Accoceberry for a taste of Bayonne ham with the region’s fiery Espelette pepper. Don’t miss Les Halles de Biarritz, a vibrant market overflowing with fresh seafood, local cheeses, and countless other Basque delicacies. It’s the perfect spot to grab picnic provisions or ingredients to recreate your favorite finds back home.

Take a Private Tour of the Côte des Basques

Courtesy of Saint-Jean-de-Luz

Embark on an unforgettable private driving tour along the captivating Basque Coast. This full-day adventure lets you discover a region brimming with natural beauty, colorful towns, and rich heritage. Your expert guide will share local insights and stories as you traverse stunning coastlines, quaint villages, and historic sites.

Your journey begins in Biarritz, a former fishing village transformed into a glamorous seaside resort. Imagine emperors, artists, and everyday surfers all drawn to this haven for waves and relaxation. Next, immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Explore its bustling port, pedestrian streets, and 17th-century houses, remnants of a prosperous seafaring past filled with whalers and privateers.

Want to stay longer? Learn what this region has to offer: Unveiling the French Side of the Basque Country


Where to Stay in Biarritz

Courtesy of Regina Experimental Biarritz

Regina Experimental Biarritz

This recently renovated five-star hotel, housed in a grandiose Belle Époque building, boasts stunning ocean views and overlooks the prestigious Golf de Biarritz. Step into light-filled rooms and suites, decorated in a fresh palette of white, blue, and mint green, each offering a haven of relaxation. Perfectly situated near the lighthouse, the Regina Experimental places you within easy reach of Biarritz’s most captivating boutiques, restaurants, and historical sites, allowing you to fully embrace the Basque Country’s unique allure.

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Hôtel Le Garage

This former garage, steeped in history, has been transformed into an intimate four-star hotel with just 27 rooms and suites. Each space is designed with a unique blend of modern comfort and vintage flair. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, or soak up the ocean views from your private terrace. Le Garage’s past lives as an aero club and classic car garage are subtly woven into the design, offering a one-of-a-kind ambiance. This hidden gem allows you to recharge and reconnect in style during your Biarritz escape.


Biarritz beckons with its chic atmosphere, vibrant culture, and endless opportunities for relaxation. From exploring historic landmarks to indulging in beachfront bliss, this Basque gem offers something for every traveler. Speak with our French Side Travel experts to design a tailor-made itinerary that perfectly captures your interests.

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