The 3 Gorgeous Beaches of Biarritz

Biarritz means “tongue of rocks” in Basque – the language of the Basque Country, in beautiful south western France. The beaches of this city are lined with you guessed it – rocks, so some areas are off limits to surfers and swimmers. Nevertheless, the endless waves make the beach a wonderfully relaxing place to pass an afternoon! Keep in mind the currents here are quite strong – that’s why the area attracts so many surfers – and thus, the beaches are not conducive to wading near the shore.

Visiting Biarritz in May was absolutely perfect, because every few days the weather would be hot enough to hang out in the sun, without being completely surrounded by tourists!

The main beaches of Biarritz from north to south are: Miramar, La Grande Plage, and the Côte des Basques. La Grand Plage is the most popular, with lots of cafes lining the beach, and an expansive stretch of sand to accommodate everyone. Miramar is less busy, with large villas lining the street behind it. The Côte des Basques is full of surfers, as the tide is too high to use the sand for most of the day!

Miramar

Miramar

Miramar

Miramar

Grande Plage

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Grande Plage

Grande Plage

La Rocher de la Vierge

La Rocher de la Vierge

La Rocher de la Vierge

Rocher du Basta

Rocher du Basta

Rocher du Basta

Rocher du Basta

Vue de la Rocher du Basta

June 20, 2016

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I’m an American photographer and writer based in Paris after living in New York for 7 years and then and spending a year and a half traveling. My work has been featured by the Paris and Nice Tourism Offices, Art Basel, and Refinery 29. Culture Passport is a place to share my travels and experiences in new places, with a focus on cultural attractions.

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Your photos are so beautiful, I arrive in Biarritz next week for a couple of days, can’t wait to see more of your posts they are already making me excited! Charlotte

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Thank you Charlotte! You’re going to love it. I have a ton more photos to share from Biarritz which I’m hoping to post this week, and feel free to email me if you need any more recommendations! :) xVictoria

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