Biarritz, queen of beaches, beach of kings. I fell in love with this cute town on day 1 of my visit. I even remember exactly when it happened: at the very moment when I stepped out of one of the town’s narrow alleys, overlooking a long stretch of sandy beach from above with hundreds of surfers paddling their boards towards a magical sunset above the mountains of the Spanish Basque country in the background.
Here is what I enjoyed most while walking along the French Atlantic coast between Pointe Saint-Martin (Lighthouse) and the Plage de la Côte des Basques.
View from the Sea Museum Aquarium of Biarritz (Musée de la Mer Aquarium) towards the Hôtel du Palais and the lighthouse as well as the Miramar Beach (Plage Miramar) in between
The 74 meter high lighthouse on Saint-Martin Point was built in 1834 and is located at the northernmost point of Biarritz
The Fishermen Port (Port des Pêche), built in 1870, does host more restaurants than fishermen these days — a good place to eat seafood in Biarritz
The town’s main beach (Grande Plage) located between the Fishermen Port and the Hôtel du Palais
Surfing is probably the most popular water sport in Biarritz, attracting heaps of tourists each year
Surfing into the sunset at the Plage de la Côte des Basques, the main surfing beach of Biarritz (with mountains of the Spanish Basque Country in the background)
Dreamy sunset above the 6 km of beach that Biarritz has to offer
Rocks in the water are a signal that…
…the Rock of the Virgin (Rocher de la Vierge) isn’t far — a statue erected by fishermen after being saved from drowning in the sea
The bridge that connects the Rock of the Virgin with the mainland has been built by Gustave Eiffel, the architect of the Eiffel Tower
The Rock of the Virgin is an excellent sunset point…
…but also offers great views over Biarritz, like for example towards the Villa Belza
The clash of achitecture styles makes the town’s shoreline so unique
After the sun has gone down, leave the coast and enjoy walking through the streets of Biarritz