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first time to Biarritz

Hi all,

we are a middle aged couple who would like advice on a holiday in Biarritz.

We have holidayed in Nice for the last few years, but would like a change.

We like to be central, near the sea, nice restaurants, a day trip or two to somewhere interesting, museums, and SHOPS.

Anyone have recommendations please?

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1. Re: first time to Biarritz

Well, Biarritz should keep you busy, but you can take the bus to any of the local communities. You might be interested in reading Maribel's Guide to the Pays Basque (www.maribelsguides.com). It's still a free download and should help you decide what you want to see and do while in the area.

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2. Re: first time to Biarritz

Hi,

We recently visited Biarritz & loved the city & region. What month are you thinking of visiting ?

IMO summer is the best time especially if you enjoy the ocean. The surf is excellent & the beaches beautiful although in peak season it can get extremely busy. If you enjoyed Nice then you will love Biarritz.

There are plenty of excellent restaurants, cafes and classy shops in Biarritz to try.

A) very expensive - but not to be missed is Hotel du Palais for dinner or just for a cocktail at the bar.

There are heaps of different types of hotels to suit all budgets. Do you have a budget ??

Biarritz is also the perfect base to use for exploring the Basque Country.

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3. Re: first time to Biarritz

Thanks Ellemay for your reply.

We hope to fo in late May hopefully, and we have yet to research hotels v apartments.

If you have any more tips on Biarritz, would be interested in hearing them.

Many thanks again.

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5. Re: first time to Biarritz

Biarritz is a lovely town and it neightbour Bayoone both have good train service. You can travel over to PAU or Lourdes on a day trip or up to Bordeau. Plenty of restaurants on the main straight between both Biarritz and Bayoone and the bus service is second to none and a drink on the promonade with the sun going down is magic. Ryanair fly straight to Biarritz and it is a short bus ride into town have a look at Booking.Com for hotels.

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6. Re: first time to Biarritz

Hi,

If you don't mind driving there are some wonderful seaside towns to visit. You could also do a day trip to Bordeaux depending on how long you have for your holiday.

Biarritz to Bordeaux - approx 2hrs.

Biarritz to san Sebastian (Spain) - approx 45mins.

Biarritz to Saint-Jean-de-Luz - approx 20mins

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7. Re: first time to Biarritz

Whilst the summers are very nice in Biarritz it is also very busy and can be expensive. Late spring or early autumn are my favourite seasons in Biarritz. It is quite warm, days are longer and light and the shops and restaurants are all open. But prices are lower and the summer crowds have not yet arrived.

You can get along without a car but for longer stays I would recommend renting a car at Biarritz airport if you are flying here and would like to see the interior of the Basque country.

If only here for a short stay then the very good local bus service and the trains will make getting around easy along the coastal region. Besides Biarritz it is also well worth seeing Bayonne, St Jean de Luz and San Sebastian (just across the border in Spain).

There are many good small and larger hotels in Biarritz and prices in May will be reasonable. When booking check how far the hotel is from the Grande Plage - the main beach. If you can walk there in less than 10-15 minutes then you will have no problems walking to everything else in Biarritz, including the excellent covered daily food market and many restaurants and shops!

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8. Re: first time to Biarritz

The peak season in Biarritz is between the begining of July and 15th August. Outside of that time can be surprisinly quiet. However, late May or first half of September are really lovely times for a visit.

The point about staying within 10 mins walk of the Grande Plage is a good one. If you do this, you really won't need a car. Indeed, it would be more of a hinderance than a help around the town itself. Anyway, there is a free bus service to take you 'round the town in the summer.

You can get a train to Bordeaux, Saint Jean de Luz or San Sebastian (change at border for this. However, you will need to take the bus or taxi to get to the Biarritz rail station. I would consider overnighting (at least) in Bordeaux & S Sebastian, as they are two marvellous cities in their own way. Bayonne can be reached by bus and takes about half an hour - well worth it.

I have never heard anyone say they did not enjoy Biarritz but, it is on the Atlantic so, expect the odd few wet days - and make the most of them!

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9. Re: first time to Biarritz

We are planning to visit San Sebastian this Mid November and were thinking of skipping over the St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz for the day. Do you know if it would be too cold to do so during this time? And should plan an overnight trip to really enjoy the towns? Thank You.

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10. Re: first time to Biarritz

Hi,

Its doable to visit Biarritz for a day. Biarritz to San Sebastian (Spain) - approx 45mins.

On our first visit to Biarritz we actually drove from Bilbao to Biarritz - & on the way back drove along the coast via San sebastian etc.etc. - it was a fab day trip & that was from Bilbao, San sebastian is much closer.

We also visited in winter & we still thought the drive was worth it !! It was very quite & lovely - our last visit was last year in August & the roads were "Chock-a-block" & the beaches packed.