Biarritz Pays basque, on the ocean’s edge, to the foot of the pyrenees

With its strong identity, Biarritz Pays basque has everything to please: ocean, mountains, renowned seaside resorts, authentic villages and gourmet pleasures. Its preserved nature, charm and character make Biarritz Pays basque a little paradise with international fame.

Balade dans les rues de la Bastide-Clairence © Alban GILBERT / CRTA

Chic seaside resorts and authentic villages, sport and relaxation between the sea and mountains... Biarritz Pays basque is a destination you can visit all year round. Famous for its international surf spots and its many golf courses, Biarritz Pays basque is a chic destination par excellence, visitors also love for its natural assets and rich heritage.

Just a stone's throw from Spain, 90 minutes from Bordeaux by train, 90 minutes from Paris by plane, and with many European connections, Biarritz Pays basque is easily accessible for international clients: change of scenery guaranteed!

5 reasons to plan a trip to Biarritz Pays basque 

1. Both a glamourous and a laidback atmosphere

Biarritz is the most urban seaside resort on the Basque Coast. It is a fashionable town par excellence, marked by the passage of the Empress Eugenie. But it is also a welcoming and relaxed destination. It has been the home of European surfing since 1957. It often considered as "the Little French California" due to the surf spirit that reigns there and to its 15 international surf spots.

2. Remarkable gastronomy and art de vivre

The welcoming spirit of Biarritz Pays basque is everywhere, including in your plate! Pays Basque is a gourmet paradise of flavours, with many local emblematic products such as IGP (certified) Bayonne ham, AOC (certified) Espelette peppers, Basque cake and ewe’s cheese.  Dishes here are exalted, whether it’s on a table is a quaint inn or in the finest restaurants. Pays Basque boasts ten Michelin-star restaurants. The smallest vineyard in France, the Irouléguy vineyard is a symbol of the local terroir. Did you know? Egiategia wine can’t be found anywhere else, as it is vinified 15m beneath the ocean!

3. Accommodation : quality and diversity

The destination offers a variety of accommodations for all types of guests. Different styles and price ranges are available, with many upscale hotels including Hôtel du Palais, the only palace on the Atlantic Coast. On the coast or inland, there are also guest houses and charming accommodations in remarkable places conducive to well-being. In the mountains or by the ocean, a vast choice of all-categories of campsites as well as unusual accommodations are being developed.

Golf Chiberta à Biarritz

4. A golf destination par excellence

For over a century, Biarritz Pays basque has been the "cradle of French golf" and is recognized by the French State as a « golfing destination of international excellence ». It is the French region with the most courses: 16 within a 100 km (62 mile) radius of Biarritz. Golfers from all over the world enjoy the exceptional choice of courses, the diversity of styles and the climate conducive to year-round practice.

5. A well-being haven

Thanks to its Atlantic Ocean environment and the quality of its facilities, Biarritz Pays basque is a true "well-being destination". 5 thalassotherapy centers and 2 high-end spas in 5-star hotels welcome guests and offer relaxing breaks with health and wellness treatments, to be enjoyed for a day, a weekend or longer.

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Destination Biarritz Pays basque

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  • By plane : Biarritz Pays basque airport 3km from Biarritz city centre by car, with European connections : Paris (90 min), London or Brussels (1hr45min), Geneva (1hr10min), etc.
    90 min drive to Bordeaux and Bilbao airports


  • By train : 4hrs from Paris by TGV, 1hr40min from Bordeaux by TGV


  • By car : It is easy to rent a car from the railway station/airport, to visit all of the region’s territories, self-drive is also easy (motorways). 7hrs from Paris (A10), 2hrs from Bordeaux (A63), 1hr30min from Bilbao (E70 and A63), 5hrs from Madrid.