We are a mature couple hoping to spend 12 days in Biarritz in July 2014. We are looking for a good hotel or apts close to beach and within walking distance to town centre if possible. We have stayed in many hotels over the years so expect a decent standard of hygiene and comfort. Obviously we don't want to spend a fortune either so would be grateful for advice. Many reviews I've read don't give much information about the proximity to beach and centre which I consider vital info. Also what type of local transport is available and are there large shopping centres worth visiting? We probably won't have a car so will be dependant upon local transport . Are there interesting sights worth visiting in the vicinity? Is the beach sandy or pebbly? Are there sun beds for hire at the beach and at what cost? We would like to stay at a place that has a nice pool and have the option of staying there or going to the beach. Any info will be gratefully appreciated.