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The 6 best beaches in Biarritz

One of the main tourist attractions in Biarritz is its incredible beaches, which you can find along the entire coastline. Biarritz's beaches are renowned for being some of the best in France for surfing, but they are

Depending on the day, you will find them either calm or with huge waves. Either way, spending time at the beach is always a great idea. In summer, you can cool off in the water and sunbathe, while in winter, they are perfect for taking a stroll along the shore. They are also ideal for sunbathers.

Two of the most popular beaches are Grande Plage and Plage du Port Vieux. Due to their proximity to the old town and the main things to do in Biarritz, it's hard to miss them. However, they are not the only beaches in Biarritz. In this article, I'll show you the best 6 beaches in Biarritz.

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Beaches in Biarritz

Below, you can see all the beaches located in Biarritz, one of the best places to visit in the French Basque Country. They are listed from north to south.

1. Miramar Beach

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Miramar

This Beach is an extension of La Grande Plage; therefore, it is also located quite close to the historic center of Biarritz. Specifically, it is situated between the legendary Hôtel du Palais and the small cape on which the Biarritz Lighthouse stands

This beach is not overcrowded with bathers or surfers, which makes it an ideal option for those seeking to watch the sunset over the ocean or take a leisurely stroll along the promenade in a more relaxed atmosphere.

🏨 Still looking for a hotel in Biarritz? I recommend Hôtel de la Plage, where I have stayed several times. It is located next to Plage du Port Vieux and has recently been renovated. Other hotels where I have stayed and can recommend include Mercure Président Biarritz Plage, Grand Tonic Hotel and Hôtel Littéraire Jules Verne.

2. La Grande Plage, the best beach in Biarritz

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La Grande Plage without poeple

If there is a beach that takes the top spot in popularity, it’s Grande Plage. Located next to the old town, it’s impossible to miss. Not only because of its location, but also because of its beauty! This beach stretches almost 500 meters long, making it ideal for those who want to surf, take a swim, play with the waves, sunbathe, or take a stroll if the crowds permit.

To maintain order during the busy summer months when Biarritz fills with people, Grande Plage is divided into sections for surfers and other water sports enthusiasts, as well as sections for bathers. However, the last time I went for a swim, I felt that the section designated for bathers was too small compared to the areas reserved for surfing…

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La Grande Plage with a crowd

Next to this beach, there is a promenade that runs from the Casino de Biarritz to the Hôtel du Palais, and I highly recommend taking a stroll along it. You’ll find several shops catering to surfers and cafes where you can have breakfast or lunch with a view of this beach and its colorful umbrellas. Towards the end, there is a green area with benches, perfect for having a picnic or taking a rest.

3. Plage du Port Vieux, the most beautiful beach in Biarritz

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Port Vieux sin gente

Plage du Port Vieux is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful and picturesque beaches in this French Basque town, thanks to its charming surroundings. It’s a very tiny beach nestled at the feet of Biarritz and embraced by small cliffs and rocks. On one side of the cliffs, there’s a designated area for jumping into the sea.

Due to its more sheltered location, there are fewer currents and waves, making it ideal if you’re looking for a more peaceful swim. It’s also a great option if you’re traveling with children. However, be sure to arrive early as the beach is small and tends to get crowded quickly.

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Port Vieux crowded

Whether you decide to take a dip at Plage du Port Vieux or not, don’t miss the chance to stroll around its surroundings. On one side, you’ll find the Rocher de la Vierge (Virgin’s Rock), and on the other, the Villa Belza. Behind you, there’s Villa le Goéland and some of the liveliest streets in the area.

4. La Côte des Basques

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Côte des Basques

If you walk south from Plage du Port Vieux, you’ll arrive at La Côte des Basques, probably the most beloved beach in Biarritz among surfers. In fact, in the 1950s, this place was considered the birthplace of surfing in France. Today, it remains a popular spot for surf enthusiasts, but also for those who want to enjoy one of the most beautiful landscapes on the French Basque coast.

La Côte des Basques stretches over a kilometer in length and is a very wide beach, at least when the tide is low. When the tide rises, most of the sand gets covered by the sea, and swimming is prohibited. Nevertheless, you can still enjoy the beach from the viewpoints and the trails that lead down to it. The views are absolutely breathtaking!

In my opinion, this beach is perfect for watching surfers, enjoying the sunset, and heading out for dinner. In this area, you’ll find some of the best restaurants in Biarritz, such as Little Trallalla, Le CAB, Saline Ceviche Bar, or La Belloteka.

5. Marbella Beach

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Marbella

Plage de Marbella is located a bit further away from the center of Biarritz. Because of this, there are usually fewer tourists, although it’s quite popular among the locals. Nonetheless, it is much quieter in terms of crowds compared to the previously mentioned beaches. This beach is quite extensive and has a more wild landscape.

The currents and waves can be quite strong, so it is recommended mainly for experienced surfers. Keep this in mind if you plan to swim as well. Access to the beach is via a set of cement stairs, and the views from the top are truly beautiful.

6. Milady Beach

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Milady Beach

We conclude with the beach located furthest south in Biarritz, Plage de Milady. In my opinion, it is one of the best beaches to spend a great time by the sea, as it is spacious, has green areas, and, unlike others, the access is very easy, as there is a parking lot located right in front. There is also a pathway for strolling and a play area for children.

Map of the best beaches in Biarritz

In the following map, I marked all the beaches mentioned in this article. You can also see the nearby beaches of Bidart and Anglet, the two municipalities closest to Biarritz.

Don’t miss my France travel guide to continue planning your trip.

I hope this article about the beaches of Biarritz is very helpful in choosing a great spot on the Basque coast to sunbathe and swim in the sea. If you have any suggestions or questions, feel free to leave a comment or send me an email. Until next time!

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