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.<
See some sea life, from plankton to sharks, at the impressive Musée de la Mer (museedelamer.com). Tickets cost €14.50 for adults and €9.80 for children and students. Book online.
Visit the annual Biarritz Surf Festival on 8-12 July. Watch the international surfing pros demonstrate their skills and enjoy the accompanying music, dancing, art and craft stalls. Expect a party atmosphere on all the beaches and throughout the town. surfingbiarritz.fr
Go shopping in the colourful, bustling Les Halles market. Open every day (including Sunday) to sell the finest fresh, local and regional produce. Buy the makings of a gourmet picnic and lunch in style in one of the town's quiet corners.
Go to the Asian Oriental Art Museum (1 Rue Guy Petit. www.museeasiatica.com) with exhibits from China, Tibet, Nepal, the Himalayas and India. Open every day, free entry.
Go to the 24th Latin American Festival, on until 4 October. There's cinema, literature, art, music, dance, food and more. Activities take place in the Casino near the beach. Open between 9am and 2am. Best of all, it's free.
Catch Biarritz's internationally renowned fireworks display to celebrate France's National Day on 15 August. More than 200,000 people attend the main event on the Grande Plage so make sure you arrive before dark to get a good seat!
Escape to nearby San Sebastian for the day. Catch a STAB bus there and back and enjoy some top class food (the town is famous for its 'pintxos' - bite-sized morsels of tasty food), walk along the famous La Concha beach or stroll around the Old Quarters, browsing in the arty shops.
Escape to nearby fishing village of St Jean du Luz, further up the coast towards the Spanish border. Buses leave regularly and the trip takes about 30 minutes. Enjoy the coastal views along the way. Eat lunch at one of the great little seafood restaurants and check out the bustling market and arty shops in the centre.