THE BASQUE CITY GUIDE
DISCOVER ALL THE ACTIVITIES IN BIARRITZ AND THE BASQUE COUNTRY
BIARRITZ THE HISTORIC SEASIDE RESORT
The city gives onto almost 2 and a half miles (nearly 4 kilometres) of creeks and beaches of fine sand such as the Main Beach, the Basque Coast Beach, the Old Port, or “Milady” Beach. Furthermore, Biarritz has numerous tourist and sporting activities to offer all along the coast.
WELL-BEING AND SPORTING ACTIVITIES
The Basque Country is ideally situated at the end of the Pyrenees chain where the mountains plunge into the ocean. Sporting activities abound, be they mountain sports or nautical ones. Below you will find a list of things you could enjoy during your stay, although there are always more to find !
The Basque Coast has a worldwide reputation for its surfing, you can find many great spots with clear, warm water. Surfing is a must in this area, so take the whole family for a surfing lesson, whatever your skill level !
Work on your inner balance ! Several places can get you practicing yoga. As soon as the Sun rises, or indoors, take a lesson and get your holiday off to a great start.
See the coast from your kayak ! The Corniche is a wild part of the coast where kayaks and paddleboards can go and discover this little piece of paradise when the sea is calm.
Fans of golf, try out one or more of the sixteen golf courses that you can find in a 60 mile (100 kms) radius (list of golf courses) in all sorts of surroundings. Don’t miss the International Golf Training Centre at Ilbarritz-Bidart, which has an unbeatable sea view.
Take good care of yourself ! Thalassotherapy as practised in Biarritz is recognised worldwide. There is a long-standing tradition of sea cures that will give you the benefits of seawater and the marine climate.
A few miles from the coast, get a change of air and follow the swift currents of the Nive river aboard an inflatable raft. In canyoning, each stream has its own sensations in unique countryside.
NEARBY SURF SPOTS
Whether you choose the Main Beach or the one at Ilbarritz, each can give you fabulous waves known all over the world for surfing. You could recover from a good surfing session by going to the nearby cafés and restaurants.
Suited to intermediate level surfers, particularly at high tide, the best waves break opposite the restaurant on the rocks. This beach is easy to get to via its large car park. Several snack bars and restaurants are available for refreshments.
Easily identified by its two rocks that are virtually twins, the Milady beach is next to the Ilbarritz beach. At low tide, it’s suited to all the family for bathing and making the most of all the nearby facilities ; large car park, restaurants, playgrounds, sea front walk and outdoor showers.
A famous beach since it’s located in the very center of Biarritz, it offers waves whatever the conditions. Indeed, this beach is well sheltered and gets swells from all directions. It is ideal for enjoying restaurants, the main Casino and the surrounding bars.
CÔTE DES BASQUES
In the history of surfing in Biarritz, this is the beach where the first European surfers set off on wooden planks. Almost unchanged since, at high tide the whole beach is covered by the sea, which can make life difficult for surfers trying to get out of the water. As evening falls towards sunset, viewpoints, night bars and restaurants pull in the crowds.