Explore Biarritz Map and City Guide is an application to facilitate your visit, stay and discovery of Biarritz. You can search, find and discover places, companies and businesses around you in Biarritz.
- Free of charge
- City map
- Get directions to the places you want to go
- Complete information on thousands of places, tourist sites and points of interest.
- Find the best restaurants, shops, tourist sites, hotels, bars, etc. around you.
Since Explore Biarritz is a "Find Places Around Me" mobile application, you should use it while visiting Biarritz. If you want to try it from your current location, you can always install a "Fake GPS" app and setup your new location in the city of Biarritz.
Biarritz, an elegant seaside town on southwestern France’s Basque coast, has been a popular resort since European royalty began visiting in the 1800s. It’s also a major surfing destination, with long sandy beaches and surf schools. A symbol of Biarritz, the Rocher de la Vierge is a rocky outcrop topped with a statue of the Virgin Mary. Reached via footbridge, it offers sweeping views of the Bay of Biscay.
Known for its famous beaches, therapeutic water and a thriving surf scene, Biarritz offers visitors a unique atmosphere. This is a place were posh restaurants and spas live harmoniously side-by-side with laid-back pizza joints and surf shops.
The atmosphere in Biarritz is rather mixed, but in a good way. The town is comprised mainly of grand houses used by the wealthy as summer retreats. It has an upscale feel to it that is balanced off nicely with a more relaxed and easy-going surf culture that has a long history here. This interesting contrast forms part of Biarritz’s identity.
Surfing is not just a very popular activity in Biarritz, but actually has deep roots here too. Although not proven, it has been said that surfing in Europe began in 1957 on the beaches of Biarritz, on the Plage de la Côte des Basques to be more exact.
Wealthy beach-goers, including European and Russian nobility, pre-date the surfing scene in Biarritz. In the middle of the 19th century the Empress Eugenia de Montijo, wife of Napoleon III, discovered Biarritz and fell in love with its 6 kilometers of sandy beaches, cliffs, and therapeutic sea waters. Empress Eugenia built a palatial summer residence next to the sea, called the Hôtel du Palais, and shortly after, Biarritz began its transformation. What was once primarily a whaling town centered around Port Vieux (the old port), was to become a trendy spa and holiday destination and with the years, even a surfing mecca.
Enjoy your visit and stay in Biarritz !