the Aquarium of the Museum of the Sea and the City of the Ocean and Surf
The Casino Municipal de Biarritz in an Art Deco style, is located in front of the ocean on the great beach of Biarritz.
Also to be seen: the Imperial Chapel, the Orthodox Church, the Sainte-Eugénie Church, the Biarritz Historical Museum, the Biarritz Lighthouse, the Fishermen's Port with its restaurants for seafood tasting and "tapas" bars, the Rocher de la Vierge.
Biarritz seafront: walk during your vacations on the seafront from the Lighthouse, in the North, to the Basques beach, in the South, while going along the Grande Plage and its Casino, passing in front of the majestic Hôtel du Palais.
Biarritz is a shopping destination: take advantage of the good addresses in Biarritz between Les Halles de Biarritz (obligatory on market days) and the shopping districts, with its chic boutiques and its gourmet stops, between tradition and modernity.
Biarritz and its surroundings
The Basque Country is crossed by an important network of marked trails. You can hike with your family or friends on local trails (marked in yellow) or long-distance paths (GR, marked in red and white) to discover the secrets of the Basque Country with its breathtaking landscapes.
The coastline : Bayonne, Saint-Jean-de-Luz, Bidart, Guethary, Ciboure, Socoa, Hendaye...then Spain
The Corniche road between St Jean de Luz and Hendaye with its high steep cliffs, its creeks and its meadows with its herds of sheep and its pottoks (wild Basque horses)
The coastal path connects Biarritz to Hendaye on 25 km of marked paths along the coast with its heritage: the chapel of the Madeleine, the cross of Archiloa, the hill of Sainte Barbe, the Socoa square, the fish ponds of Urrugne and the castle of Abbadia.
The back of the Basque Country
Inland : Ainhoa, Ascain, Cambo-Les-Bains, Espelette, Itxassou, Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Port, Saint-Pée-sur-Nivelle, Sare, Urrugne with its Basque traditions.
La Rhune, mythical mountain of the Basques, 905 meters high: it offers an incredible panorama, classified three stars by the Michelin green guide.
The caves of Sare, at the foot of the Rhune
South of Biarritz: the Spanish border is very close (less than 40 km), take the opportunity to change your mind in Spain, from Hondarribia or Irún to San Sebastián
Further north: the Landes with a wilder ocean, very large beaches of fine sand as far as the eye can see, the highest dunes in Europe (the Dune du Pilat), the maritime pine forests with their lakes and ponds.
The beaches of Biarritz
The Grande Plage : 100 meters from the apartment l'Impératrice, it is the main beach of Biarritz, located in front of the casino of Biarritz, it is also called the Grande Plage. It extends from the north to the south of the bay between the Hotel du Palais and the Bellevue. In the heart of the city, it offers shops, cafes and restaurants nearby.
The Miramar Beach: located 150 meters from the Impèratrice apartment, in the extension of the Grande Plage, just in front of the Miramar hotel and its thalassotherapy center.
La plage des Basques : it is located after the Rocher de la vierge and the Villa Belza. It is famous for its surf spot.
It is the cradle of European surfing, a beach with an exceptional setting overlooking the Spanish coast, framed by cliffs.
There are many surfing events.
The beach of Port Vieux : located just at the level of the Rocher de la vierge, beach in the shape of a cove sheltered from the wind and the waves. It is particularly appreciated by families all year round.