Cheap flights to Biarritz
Nineteenth century elegance, a healthy respect for good food, and a nice helping of spa-like pampering come as standard in Biarritz, one of France’s chicest resorts.
If you want to holiday like royalty then you can’t get much better than Biarritz. Known for attracting the likes of Queen Victoria in the 19th century and Frank Sinatra a hundred years later, this city in the Basque region of France is rightly titled the ‘Monte Carlo of the Atlantic coast’.
Back in the day this was the place to see and be seen. Nowadays the pretense is long gone and this lively resort pulls in crowds from all walks of life, all attracted to its kilometres of sandy beaches, dramatic cliffs, wide ranging accommodation and sophisticated elegance. Families, teenage surfers, young couples and the silver set – they’re all here enjoying what the city has to offer.<
Biarritz is famous for its chocolate and the Chocolate Museum is well worth a visit. Learn about chocolate's origins and production methods and watch a top-class chocolate-maker at work. Then sample chocolate in its many forms. The museum shop is stocked with a range of chocolatey souvenirs to take home (14 Avenue Beaurivage, tel: 05 5923 2772).
Catch some lively street culture at the Biarritz Far Street Festival, on 29 May - 1 June. Actors, musicians, puppeteers, jugglers, dancers and poets perform in the parks, streets and squares of the town. Free entertainment for all ages and tastes.
Step back in time at Les Grottes de Sare's prehistoric caves. Join in a one-hour guided tour with a spectacular sound and light show. Learn about the origins of the Basque people and spend some time in the museum learning about the evolution of man from prehistory to the present day (Sare, grottesdesare.fr).
St Jean du Luz is a busy little fishing town about 30 minutes from Biarritz. Famous for its seafood, food market and cobbled shopping area, it's an ideal place for a day out. Buses run regularly throughout the day. Cross the river over the estuary to the neighbouring village of Ciboure, birthplace of the composer Ravel. It lacks the prestige of St Jean but is buzzing with local character.