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Summer in Biarritz

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Summer in Biarritz

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.

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1. Re: Summer in Biarritz

The centre of Biarritz is at the beach so any hotel that says it is on the beach or in the centre is technically at both. It is a small town so you can walk to most places. Public bus transport is provided by http://www.chronoplus.eu though they won't have published the summer timetable yet. The train station (Gare La Négresse) is out of town about 2km as is the airport.

July is high season so everywhere will be expensive and you need to book soon. If you let me know some of the places you are looking at I can tell you where they are and what they are near.

If you take the train to Hendaye you can walk over the border to Spain and then shop in the many Ventas that sell items much cheaper than in France. Then San Sebastian is only another half an hour away with many, many shops. I would also recommend it for a day out or even stay there for a few nights.

There are 4 main beaches in Biarritz from south to north they are; Cote des Basques, Port Vieux, Grand Plage and Miramar.

Cote des Basques is a surfing beach with no beach at hight tide. There are two bar/restaurants right on the front from where you can watch the surfers. The view from the top of the steps is spectacular and there any many routes you can take.

Port Vieux is the smallest but is quaint and has a view of the Rocher de Vierge. There are several bars and restaurants overlooking it.

Grand Plage is also a surfing beach but a bathing beach too. The Casino overlooks the beach as do many bars and restaurants. There are sun beda available here but I don't know how much they cost.

Don't know much about Miramar as I don't often go there.

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Thanks so much for your extensive information. I like the idea of going over the border to Spain also. I will continue reviewing accommodation and may ask for your advice again when I have found a few places with good reviews. You have given me an idea about spending a few days in Spanish side so lots to be browsing through over the coming days. Thanks again for your valuable information.

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Last summer I stayed fro 2 night at Hotel silhouette . top design www.hotel-silhouette-biarritz.com/?lang=en and very friendly owner, walking distance to the beach, centre, shops ,boulevard, restaurants and most important rooms are very quiet because Biarritz is very lively at night.

enjoy you trip

Inge

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Hi, I like to stay for a week in July In Biarritz, i have found an apartment in the centre but owner is wanring me that the neighborhood is very lively at night... I don't mind that at all but does have some one experience that you can not sleep at night because of the noise ?

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5. Re: Summer in Biarritz

@Ingeborg K What street is the apartment on?

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Hi, I am looking at one on Place Greorges Clemenceau, How noisy is that at night?

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7. Re: Summer in Biarritz

Solas go onto Google Street View and do a virtual walk through the town. Biarritz is lovely during the summer and its sister town Bayoone has a very good train service for travelling to lots of destinations like Pau and Lourdes. At night they used to have concerts outside the Casino free not sure if they are still doing that Biarritz Taxi might know.

Have a look at Booking.com for ideas on prices but staying down near or at the beach will be a lot dearer.

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8. Re: Summer in Biarritz

@PaulLB, Place Greorges Clemenceau has many bars for young people so could be quite noisy. Noise will depend on the quality of walls and windows in your apartment and whether they face onto the street or not.

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9. Re: Summer in Biarritz

Except going over the border to Spain, you can also visit Bayonne which is a nice Basque town, about 15 minutes by bus away from Biarritz. Generally Biarritz, Bayonne, Irun (just across the border from Hendaye) and San Sebastian are worth the visit

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