Travel guide - Biarritz

At the heart of the Basque Country, a few kilometres from the Pyrenees and from the Spanish border, Biarritz is one of the most prestigious seaside resorts on the Atlantic coast.
Visitors to Biarritz can take the opportunity to benefit from its coastline and the power of its waves which attract surfers from all over the world.| The Biarritz lighthouse overlooks Biarritz and dominates the cliffs of Saint-Martin's point, from its height of 44 metres.
Every year, Biarritz celebrates the sea during Les Océanes, a great festival which takes place in the fishing port and throughout the town.

Visiting Biarritz with the family offers an idea opportunity to build some sandcastles or sunbathe on its large beach. You can also explore the Virgin's rock, which is accessible via a bridge which was built by Gustave Eiffel.

On Bastille Day, 14th August, the local area celebrates with a great explosion of fireworks, at the Firework display in Biarritz.
For fans of sport, Biarritz has a lot to offer, being a major sporting hub which hosts international competitions, notably golf and tennis tournaments such as the Biarritz Cup, the Makilas du Golf and the ENGIE Open in Biarritz.
Equestrian events are also central to life in Biarritz, with the prestigious Show Jumping Competition in Biarritz which attracts the elite riders in this popular discipline.
Rugby occupies a very special place in sporting life in Biarritz, especially when Biarritz plays against Bayonne, its neighbour and longtime rival.

Visit Biarritz and discover its strong regional identity: watch a game of basque pelote and try the local gastronomic specialities, notably at the Wine and Gastronomy Fair which offers visitors the opportunity to taste traditional dishes such as the gâteau basque, or Basque cake, made with black cherries from Itxassou.

Biarritz is equally a place of encounters, and popular cultural events such as the Big Festival or the Festival of Latin American Film and Culture offer a moment of cultural exchange.
Discover Biarritz, and taste the pleasures of a major seaside resort: from surfing to Basque cuisine.

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