The seaside resort of Biarritz lies close to the Spanish border and is overflowing with things to see and do. Things to do in Biarritz on a budget: our team has selected five iconic sites for you to explore and make the most of this Basque country gem.
Biarritz from above
Departing from the airport, head towards the 73-metre high lighthouse built on the Saint Martin headland. But brace yourself: you'll need to climb the 248 steps to get to the top. Awe-inspiring views stretch as far as the eye can see, with the Landes on one side and the Basque country on the other, making for one of the highlights of your stay.
Say a prayer
A 15-minute walk away from the lighthouse is the imperial chapel, an architectural gem built in 1864 upon the request of Empress Eugénie, wife of Napoleon III. Step inside and marvel and the splendour of the Hispano-Moresque and Romano-Byzantine décor, which was all the rage under the Second Empire.
Pay tribute to Mary
Your walk takes you on to the Rock of the Blessed Virgin, a natural site that takes its name from the statue of the Virgin at its crest. The statue was left here in thanks to Mary after she saved whalers during a storm. To get to the rock, you'll need to take the little footbridge designed by Gustave Eiffel.
Heading further south gets you to the Planète Musée du Chocolat, where chocolate in all its guises takes centre stage: learn all about the world's favourite treat, from working the land to manufacturing and tasting. Workshops are also given for fans.
Hit the beach
End your trip to Biarritz in style and relax on one of its many sandy beaches: the Basques coast, the Miramar, Marbella, Milady and Vieux-Port beaches or the main beach. From untouched to touristy, find the perfect beach for you.
Julian - 14/02/2017
Photos credits : Dutourdumonde
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