Destinations / City Breaks / Biarritz
Take a weekend break to Biarritz and experience the old world glamour of this decadent seaside town. Originally a whaling settlement, the upper classes began flocking here in the 1800s, attracted by the health benefits of the fresh sea air. It soon became the summer playground of royalty, with Empress Eugénie and her husband Napoleon III, Queen Victoria and Edward VII regular visitors to this exclusive resort. Architecture such as the Hôtel du Palais harks back to this golden age. In the 1960s, a vibrant surf culture began to develop here, as young people hit the beach.
Today sun-bleached surfers still descend on the French Basque coast in anticipation of the perfect wave. Wetsuit-clad youths mingle with well-heeled residents of the belle époque villas. Biarritz holidays appeal to both young thrill seekers and older couples who are drawn to its hyndrangea-lined avenues year after year. On your Biarritz trip, discover 'jolie' cafes and restaurants, the landmark Casino Barrière, Musée de la Mer aquarium, the Cité de l’Océan museum and wild sandy shores of La Grande Plage - just some of the attractions that make it ideal for fun family holidays in France.
A short trip to Biarritz is a breeze with low-cost flights from Dublin and a great range of hotels to choose from when you search here for city breaks in France.
Please Note: A government tax may be payable on arrival in a city destination – it cannot be prepaid in advance. This is a nominal charge that is subject to change.