Two Fabulous Days in Biarritz, France


(photos by Pete and Libby)

In mid-May, Pete and Libby took a trip to the Basque region. First, they explored San Sebastian, Spain, which you can read all about here. Then they set out for Biarritz, France, which they liked even better. Here they explain what makes Biarritz, a chic resort town on the southern Atlantic coast, such a special place.


Where They Stayed: We spent two nights at the incredible Hotel du Palais (pictured above). The whole experience was very luxurious — there was Hermes soaps and perfumes to welcome us, plus truffles on our pillows each night. Our room was huge. The outdoor pool and lounge area was gorgeous, right on the ocean. We were also glad that there was a fantastic indoor pool, too, as the weather wasn't that hot yet.

Basque_sea2 Impressions of Biarritz:
Biarritz felt a little bit like the Hamptons, with its upscale vibe, top-tier shopping and picture-perfect setting. It wasn't crowded when we were there, but we had a feeling that it must get unbelievably packed during the peak season. We loved just walking around the town and walking on the boardwalk — the rocks off the ocean are really interesting and it was fun to watch the waves crashing. We thought that Biarritz was prettier than San Sebastian only because the scenery is more varied — but if possible, visit both!

Goats2 Getting There Was Half the Fun:
To get to Biarritz from San Sebastian, we drove a route through the Pyrenees was so much fun. We took these tiny switchback roads in the mountains and saw lots of goats. The towns we drove through were so charming, and, of course, the sweeping views of the hills were beautiful. You can also get from San Sebastian to Biarritz in about 30 minutes, if you don't want to take the scenic route and make a day of it. Also, it's very easy to do a day trip from Biarritz to San Sebastian and vice versa — a great way to add in some French or Spanish culture to your trip.



4 Responses to Two Fabulous Days in Biarritz, France

  1. jessiev
    Twitter: WanderingEds
    June 15, 2010 at 7:08 pm #

    it’s gorgeous!!

  2. Jen Laceda June 16, 2010 at 1:24 pm #

    “Biarritz felt a little bit like the Hamptons, with its upscale vibe, top-tier shopping and picture-perfect setting” – sounds like a great summer escape! I so need a vacation!

  3. Vera Marie Badertscher
    Twitter: pen4hire
    June 23, 2010 at 1:30 pm #

    It is beautiful, but over the top. I still prefer the undiscovered, un built-up places.

  4. Federico July 4, 2010 at 3:36 pm #

    I’ve been in Biarritz and S. Sebastian many many times, mostly because of the surf. Although Biarrits is very expensive, if you have a tent, campervan or sleeping in the car you can head to Anglet (which is just 3 km north, you can see it from the beach at Chambre dÁmour) and sleep on the beach, the park or the parking lot. Sometimes cops will wake you up at 8 am, but the night is over by then! Oh, and no tickets are issued.

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