Biarritz, a fine southern city


Biarritz is in the south-western corner of France, close to the border with Spain. It is world-renowned as a wind-surfing centre with important competitions held here each year in the dramatic waves of the Atlantic.

There are several good reasons to visit this attractive city such as:

- the town itself contains very impressive grand 19th century townhouses with wrought iron balconies and other decoration, and is a pleasure to explore

- it is a lively town, where you can shop, eat and drink at all hours

- there are a few beaches close to hand, including a fine sandy one in the centre of the town

- walk along the headland in Biarritz a little way for great views both along the coast, and across the old fishermen village

- close proximity to the western Pyrenees, so you can escape into typical Basque villages if town life becomes too much for you after a day or two

- the great long sandy surfing beaches of the Atlantic are close to hand, and Biarritz itself has a high reputation as a surfing capital of Europe

One of our favourite cities of southern France, with a faded elegance that only adds to its charm, a visit to Biarritz is highly recommended. While you are here be sure to find time to also visit the Biarritz 'suburb' of Bayonne, an attractive town in its own right, and also the nearby traditional resort of Saint-Jean de Luz.