Information & Facts
Biarritz is steeped in the surfing culture and is considered to
be the surfing Mecca of Europe. Surfing has become a symbol for
Biarritz and the Basque Coast and there are numerous surf schools
that offer lessons for holiday visitors; the main surfing spot is
at Grand Plage, and longboarders should head to Côte des
Golf has also reached legendary standards in Biarritz with
greens around town offering first-rate facilities and an
exceptional setting. A long tradition of marine benefits to health
and beauty (thalassotherapy) has created a spa environment in
Biarritz; the Thalassa Institute at the Hôtel Miramar and the
Thermal Seawater Baths of Biarritz offer a variety of care in high
quality settings. Horseriding, tennis and squash are other
activities on offer, or if simple relaxation is on the agenda then
any one of the fine beaches will do.
French is the official language.
The Euro (EUR) is the official currency in France. Currency can
be exchanged at banks, bureaux de change and some large hotels,
though you will get a better exchange rate at the ATMs. Major
credit cards are widely accepted, as are travellers cheques,
particularly in major tourist destinations. Foreign currency is not
Biarritz gets very crowded during the peak summer holiday season
(June to August).
Biarritz has an active nightlife that includes nightclubs and a
casino to enjoy while on holiday. Le Casino Municipal has an
informal section with slot machines and an elegant section reserved
for table games. Le Caveau is the city's best nightclub or try the
hip Le Copa Cobana for Latin salsa along with every other kind of
dance music, or Le Cayo Coco for Cubano music and tequilas. The
best way to start the evening is in a deckchair at Côte 57 where
the cocktails help the sun to go down.
Biarritz has a good mix of brasseries, casual taverns and formal
dining, offering diners on holiday a variety of good local cuisine
and classic French fare. Chez Albert is a locals favourite serving
excellent seafood in a lively Basque atmosphere; la Concha is also
a good bet for seafood. For tapas and good, authentic Basque food
and appeal head to Bar Jean or Le Bistroye where local dishes are a
Several Biarritz stores sell holiday souvenirs such as Basque
tablecloths, handmade sandals, antiques and jewellery. Almost every
shop in the region sells espadrilles (traditional slippers), and
all the major boutiques with big designer names can be found on
Place Clemenceau in the centre of Biarritz. Excellent Biarritz
chocolates and confections can be found in chocolatiers like
Pariès, Daranatz, and Henriet, while Mille et Un Fromages
specialises in French cheeses.
Local time is GMT +1 (GMT +2 between last Sunday in March and
last Sunday in October).