Hiking Le Phare, Biarritz’s Top Vantage Point!

Le Phare is at the top of most locals’ recommendation lists when you come to Biarritz. Le Phare means lighthouse in French – and that’s exactly what you’ll find there. Chances are you’ve seen it if you’ve been to Biarritz’s main beach, La Grande Plage. It sits on a peninsula near the northern border of Biarritz, and separates the town from its neighbor Anglet.

What’s wonderful about this lighthouse is that there are lots of little trails you can walk through along the cliff, offering spectacular views of Biarritz! There’s even a breathtaking, steep staircase alongside the northern cliff overlooking Anglet… There may be a sign barring entry, but really that just means to be careful, as I saw a few other people go in before and after me.

Reaching Le Phare takes about a 30 minute walk from Biarritz’s centre ville, but the views are worth the hike! You can also go up to the top of the lighthouse to see even further, for about 2 euros.

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June 22, 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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[…] views from Le Phare – On the far side of the Grand Plage is Biarritz’s famous lighthouse. What’s most interesting about this spot is the incredible heights from which you can see the […]


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