Biarritz is a small beach town located in France in the Basque Country. I didn’t know much about Biarritz but it was a stop off point on our way to San Sebastian in Spain.
We landed in Biarritz on a cloudy, rainy afternoon after a short flight from London. We jumped on the number 14 bus for €1 into Biarritz town, it took about half an hour. My first impressions of Biarritz was that it was a laid back surf vibe but with an European twist. There was a lot of French men dressed in the typical posh man clothes – pink/salmon/mustard trousers, shirt and loafers. It was without doubt a place where post French people spend their time.
We found our hotel easily, this trip was a little last minute but we were still surprised at the cost €160 for one night during check in. Biarritz is a very expensive little town, we worked that one out pretty quickly. First stop was the beach of course for a little ice cream. There were loads of surfers out, there are several surf schools so it was funny watching the beginners from afar. Dan then got himself a crepe (of course it wouldn’t be France without one).
The area surrounding the beach is really quaint and there are lots of paths to walk along the coast.
We stumbled across this gorgeous little restaurant located right by the water and below the cathedral called Crampotte 30. We sat and had a few tapas and some wine whilst we got into holiday mode.
As the night wore on we just walked the streets, they were bursting with people. All of the restaurants and bars in Biarritz had people spilling out all over the road. As we had already eaten and had some wine we just continued to walk and look at the cute buildings that are dotted all over town.
We found ourselves back at the coast just in time for sunset. The sea was rough and it certainly is a rugged coast line, not for the faint hearted. On our coastal path walk back home we found this amazing castle/house.
The following day it rained and it didn’t stop…ALL DAY! It was torrential rain all morning and afternoon so it wasn’t ideal sight seeing weather. The All Blacks were playing Australia at midday so we went around town trying to find somewhere playing it, I knew it wouldn’t be too hard as Biarritz is a rugby town. We did find somewhere that played it, The Red Cafe. Although it wasn’t on until 3pm so we had to wait around for 3 hours as it was impossible to walk around as the rain was so bad. It wasn’t all bad as the food was good and wine was even better
After watching the All Blacks game, the rain had sub sided (finally) and we walked down to the coast again to see Virgin on the Rock. It was very windy and rainy at this point so we didn’t hang around too long but I can imagine when the sun is shining it is a lovely place to sit back and enjoy the view.
As the weather was dismal we decided to just get out of Biarritz so we headed to the bus station and got on the next bus to San Sebastian.Biarritz is a good gateway place if you are going to San Sebastian but it was really expensive! We enjoyed our time there but I wouldn’t rush back.
Where we stayed: Hotel Escala
Where we ate: Cafe Red, Crampotte 30
What we did: Coastal walking paths, eat tapas, watched surfers
Have you been to Biarritz?