A seaside resort on the Basque coast, looking out over the Atlantic Ocean, Biarritz came out of the shadows in the 1800s when the crowned heads went there on holiday to take the waters, as your tourist guide tells us. Since then, athletes have taken over. Surfing enthusiasts come to Marbella Beach for the powerful wave, a windy spot that has made Biarritz the European surf capital. Golfers also appreciate this destination for the mythical Golf du Phare, designed by the British colony in 1888, to which are added 16 greens within a 100 km radius. But it is mainly the bathers who invade the site in summer and all year round. With 6 km of beaches dotted with typical striped cabins, alternating cliffs, sand, rocks, coves, between the lighthouse and the largest beach stretched between Bellevue and Hôtel du Palais, two jewels of chic and biarritz. A Mecca of thalassotherapy, Biarritz remains a pretty little town where it is pleasant to stroll through luxury boutiques on distinguished terraces. You can walk to the picturesque fishing port, climb to the top of the lighthouse, which rises to 73 m to enjoy a panoramic view of the ocean to the mountains. There Cité de l'Océanis also the Biarritz aquarium, a historical museum housed in the old Anglican church, Asiatica, the Oriental Art Museum and the Chocolate Museum, the Imperial Church and those of the Orthodox. And while gourmands enjoy Basque specialities and excellent chocolates, others try their luck with slot machines.

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If the tourist high season is in summer, the climate of Biarritz, favourable to surfing all year round and a generous sunshine which shines generally from the beginning of April to the end of October, ensures a seaside season which is distinguished by its longevity. We swim on the biarrot beaches almost all year round, or even all year round for a group of die-hard people. Shoppers will avoid the months of November and January when many curtains are lowered due to holidays.

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The Cité de l'Océan de Biarritz continues its journey into the world of virtual reality by offering a very immersive experience: immerse the visitor for 12 minutes, at 360° in the heart of the Polynesian reserve of Fakarava and a pack of 700 sharks! In Polynesia, this pack of 700 grey sharks rules the southern pass of the atoll. This is the largest group of sharks known to date. This virtual reality documentary follows the expedition led ...

Expo Biarritz 1918-2018 autour des Baigneuses de Picasso

In the summer of 1918, Picasso and his wife Olga, a dancer with the Ballets Russes, stayed in Biarritz on their honeymoon. They reside in the villa La Mimoseraie rented for this occasion, so that Picasso finds there a quiet place conducive to creation. During this stay, he painted Les Baigneuses, created the Frescos de La Mimoseraie, several paintings and drawings. In 2018, the Basque Country School of Art celebrates its tenth anniversary, ...

Un cinéma dynamique à la Cité de l'Océan de Biarritz

Since the beginning of spring, the Cité de l'Océan de Biarritz has had a dynamic cinema where 24 new bathyscaphe seats have been installed. This animation is a great success with the public and children, parents and grandparents are having a great time. This new dynamic cinema with more real-than-life special effects takes viewers on a sensational and original experience across the North and South Poles. The 5-minute film Arctic 4D is an ...

Formidable expo d'Andreas Franke à la Cité de l'océan à Biarritz

Presented for the first time in France, the photographs of the underwater exhibition "The Sinking World of Andreas Franke" are on display at the Cité de l'Océan in Biarritz until August 31. In order to embark the visitor on an immersive and exhilarating experience, the space also offers a 360° tour of the original exhibition. A world first! "The Sinking World" is an artistic project initiated in 2011 by the Austrian photographer Andreas ...