When better weather finally arrives, head for Biarritz! Cradled by the swell, let yourself be carried away to the rhythm of its white sand beaches, its legendary waves, its delicious Basque gastronomy and inimitable atmosphere.
Discover surfing under the watchful eye of the Rocher de la Vierge, take a trip on a vintage sailboat in search of colourful fish, set off on a seaside stroll from Bidart to Saint-Jean-de-Luz, on foot or by bike... Come aboard with Le Collectionist, and explore the best activities in Biarritz for a vacation of simplicity and refinement:
Grab your sun cream with one hand and your board with the other, and it's time to practice Biarritz's most popular activity: surfing! On large stretches of white sand, you can practice straightening up before plunging into the ocean for the ultimate thrill. And if surfing isn't your thing, take a parasailing or parasailing tour and discover the coast in a whole new way.
Before night falls, hop aboard a catamaran and sail out to the perfect spot overlooking the Basque city and coastline. There, with a glass of sangria in hand and your favourite music on the speakers, enjoy the last rays of sunshine and admire the sky painting itself in soft orange hues for a magical moment.
If you want to get the full flavour of Basque cuisine, what better way than to help create it yourself? From the comfort of your villa, have a chef at home to discover the region's produce and learn how to cook Basque chicken or piperade. The secret? Always add a little locally-grown Espelette pepper.
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Villa Coline in Biarritz
To discover the essential activities of Biarritz, be in the heart of the action at Villa Coline. Overlooking the ocean, this haven of serenity, just 10 minutes from Milady beach, is the perfect place to challenge the waves with your family.
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As the sun sets, grab hold of your steed's mane and take to the beach, facing the unspoilt landscapes of the Basque coast. Once you've had your fill of speed, plunge your horse's legs into the ocean and bathe together as the sky fills with stars.
Perfect for young and old alike, Basque pelota is a must-do activity during your Biarritz getaway. Discover this typical local sport with a professional pelotari, and learn to handle the chistera like a true expert.
After a morning of surfing, hop on your bike and pedal along the seafront. Discover the towns of Saint-Jean de Luz, Anglet and Bidart, before settling down at a café terrace with your children for a well-earned lemonade. And if you're a big cycling enthusiasts, take the "voie verte" from Biarritz to Bayonne, for an hour's ride through the Basque country.
Villa Elaia in Biarritz
Inland, a little set back from the bustling centre of Biarritz, enjoy the calm and family atmosphere of Villa Elaia. With its elegant and bucolic interior, this haven of peace in the colours of the Basque Country is the perfect refuge for children full of energy and parents in search of tranquility.
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Halfway between a Basque tapas bar and French cuisine, Le Carlos is a favourite with regulars and visitors alike. This address, with its exceptional views, it combines sparkling cocktails, tapas, live music and a tête-à-tête with the Atlantic Ocean. Our advice? Arrive early to avoid the crowds and enjoy the best tables.
Le Carlos Biarritz, 7 Bd du Prince de Galles, 64200 Biarritz
This place's name means "sunset" in Basque; the Ilunabar in Ghétary is one of our favourite places to spend the evening with family or friends, with sunglasses on your nose and a glass of local white wine in hand. With the Pyrenees and the mythical Parliamentia surf spot as our only neighbours, you can enjoy some tapas to music in a joyful atmosphere facing the sun going down on the Atlantic.
Ilunabar 50 Promenade de la plage, 64210 Guéthary
Lovers of French and Asian-influenced cuisine come together at Bela Gorri, a charming restaurant on Bidart's seaside. Here, you can enjoy a tuna mi-cuit or poke bowl, accompanied by a refreshing sangria as the sun sets over the ocean - an unforgettable moment!
Bela Gorri, Plage de l’uhabia 52 Rue de l'Uhabia, 64210 Bidart
And, if your hunger still isn't satisfied, read our article to discover the best gourmet restaurants in Biarritz.
Villa Elaura in Bidart
After a delicious lunch at the restaurant, the best thing is to find the exceptional view of Villa Elaura. Facing the ocean , it overlooks the pretty Erretegia beach, the perfect place to take a short digestive stroll.
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From the rock of the Virgin in Biarritz to the arcaded houses of rue du Port-neuf in Bayonne , passing through the seaside resort of San Sebastian on the Spanish coast, soak up an inimitable atmosphere. For a day or a weekend, put on your red beret and your espadrilles and discover the rich Basque heritage during a tailor-made guided tour .
Attention, entrance to the station! It's time to embark on an unforgettable journey on one of the mythical jewels of the region: the Rhune train , a collector's cogwheel train. Between dense forests , ravines , bogs on the mountainside and green landscapes , discover the coast and the Basque Country in a whole new light just a few minutes from Biarritz .
All sails out, navigate the calm waters of Biarritz in a vintage sailboat , like the navigators of yesteryear who ruled the coast. Installed on the deck, with a glass of patxaran , local aniseed alcohol, admire the sun setting over the Atlantic Ocean to give way to the softness of the moonlight and thousands of stars.
Villa Mendi à Guéthary
In the heart of the Basque Country , on the heights of Guéthary, Villa Mendi is an island of sweetness perfect for unforgettable holidays with family or friends . Walk a few steps to the beach , cook up a la plancha dinner or have afternoon tea in its beautiful tree-lined garden before heading out to discover all the best excursions in the region.
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Biarritz is a superb city offering a wide variety of landscapes. So whether you prefer sea views or mountain panoramas, it's all possible! See also our favourite villas in the Basque Country and Landes:Biarritz :
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