While Biarritz is one of many beach related vacation opportunities in France, it offers a variety that makes it one of my favourites. There is the more opulent Côte d’Azur and I would never turn down a trip to Cannes. There are the more basic Normandy beaches and I want to get back to Fécamp. In my mind, somewhere between, with the best of both worlds, is Biarritz.
I am, to start with, not much of a beach person. My wife is so it is only fair to include some beach destinations in our vacation plans. It works out when there is so much more to do and Biarritz fits that bill.
Biarritz is a resort town on the Bay of Biscay and has been described a ritzy. So it does fit that type of beach resort. It also has the beach promenade that leads off to some nice hiking to the north and the rocky ports and Rocher de la Vierge slightly to the south. Both my wife and I like to be on our feet and moving as much as we can while on vacation. We have ventured further and further south, although we haven’t come close to Spain yet. We are never disappointed as we get into more off the beaten path beaches and landmarks. Central Biarritz also has its urban walking opportunities that might include a little shopping.
How to get there
Train, plane or car gets you there and back. We’ve done them all and they all work great for however they might fit into your vacation. While living in Europe or vacationing in other ‘car needed’ destinations, we’ve driven. We’ve done the drive to, drop the car off at the airport and fly back (to Paris) with ease. Train is probably the easiest though if your vacation is major destinations oriented. We’ve always liked the French rail system.
Personally I can’t wait to get back, but we have a personal underlying reason for that. The two times we vacationed in Biarritz while living in North America, we ended up living in Europe within the year after that vacation. Now we think, if we feel we might want to live in France again, well, we better have a vacation in Biarritz to make that happen.