Luxury holidays in Biarritz

Once a Napoleonic retreat, the small city of Biarritz, in south-west France, has flourished into a mighty cultural hub and surfers' idyll, with elegant Belle Époque and art deco architecture. Stretches of golden shores flock with board-carrying beach-goers, while locals pour from streetside pâtisseries and sangria-serving tapas bars – be sure to stop by the local night markets to pick up some brightly coloured Basque linens and tomato-topped pintxos.

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When to go

June to August are Biarritz’s warmest months, making it the best time for surfing but also the busiest; for smaller crowds but equally prime conditions, visit in May or September.

Getting there

  • Planes

    A 10-minute drive from the beach, Biarritz’s main airport has direct flights to most European and international hubs, including London Heathrow.
  • Trains

    There are a number of TGV services running from Paris to Biarritz (about a four-hour journey), making it easy to connect from the Eurostar; and high-speed night trains also run from Paris.
  • Automobiles

    If you’re planning on exploring further afield, then a set of wheels will be a great addition. Those who would rather stick to the city will manage without, thanks to its small size and readily available taxis.