Phare de Biarritz


Climbing the 258 twisting steps inside the 73m-high Phare de Biarritz, the town’s 1834 lighthouse, rewards you with sweeping views of the Basque coast. Tickets available at the French-language version of

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1. Plage Miramar

0.38 MILES

A little bit north of the Grande Plage, on the way to the lighthouse, plage Miramar is packed on summer days.

2. Hôtel du Palais


Dominating the northern end of the Grande Plage is the massive 19th-century Hôtel du Palais, built for Empress Eugénie and now a luxury hotel – complete…

3. Église Orthodoxe de Biarritz

0.53 MILES

This Russian Orthodox church dedicated to the Virgin Mary and Saint Alexandre Nevsky was built by and for the Russian aristocrats who frequented Biarritz…

4. Grande Plage


Grand by name, grand by nature, Biarritz’ vast main beach has been the place at which to be seen since the days of Napoléon II and Eugénie. It's wall to…

5. Chapelle Impériale

0.61 MILES

Built in 1864 on the instructions of Empress Eugénie, this glitzy church mixes Byzantine and Moorish styles, and the plaza in front has a superb view of…

6. Église Ste-Eugénie

0.93 MILES

The neo-Gothic Église Ste-Eugénie was built in 1864 for – who else? – Empress Eugénie, and sits on a prominent spot in the old port.

7. Musée de la Mer


Housed in a wonderful art deco building near the old port, Biarritz' Musée de la Mer is seething with underwater life from the Bay of Biscay and beyond,…

8. Plage du Port Vieux

1.05 MILES

A good option for families due to its sheltered aspect, this tiny wedge of sand is just under the Musée de la Mer.