Camping near the Basque Country: explore Biarritz in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Make the most of your camping holiday in the Landes, on the edge of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, to explore the Basque coast and make a beeline for Biarritz, a world-renowned sea resort famous for its opulent beaches, legendary surf spots, incredible landmarks and fabulous heritage. 1.5 hrs from the 4* Camping Club Marina Landes, Biarritz has surprises galore.
Biarritz Lighthouse is one of three lighthouses in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques. The 73m tall lighthouse watches over the Saint Martin tip that marks the end of the Landes beaches and the start of the rocky Basque coast which covers 40km up to the Spanish border. Venture up the tower's 248 steps and gaze at the 360° views of the town, Basque coast and Pyrenees.
Biarritz Market Hall
If you like food and South Western flavours then you'll love Biarritz Market Hall. Fishmongers to one side and fruit & veg merchants, cheesemongers, butchers and caterers to the other. Biarritz Market Hall is open daily from 7.30am to 2pm and a go-to for people who love good food: fish, oysters and shellfish, foie gras, Bayonne ham, truffles, Basque Country cheese and oven-ready dishes. Unmissable: the night market every Wednesday in summer and the famous tapas bars around the Market Hall.
Grande Plage in Biarritz
The most famous beach in the resort lies at the foot of Biarritz's famous Art Deco casino and is lined by a promenade teeming with shops, cafés and restaurants. Its nickname "beach of kings, queen of beaches" suits it perfectly! It's very popular with families and heaven for children with beach clubs and lots on in season. Surfers flock here too as Biarritz is seen as Europe's long-standing surf capital.
Rocher de la Vierge
The Rocher de la Vierge is Biarritz's iconic monument and a must-see during your camping holiday between the Landes and Basque Country. Gustave Eiffel designed the metallic footbridge connecting the rock with terra ferma to give visitors awe-inspiring views of the bay and Grande Plage. An impressive site, especially when the sea is wild.
If you're camping near Biarritz and you're looking for something to do with the kids then we recommend a trip to the aquarium. The sea museum in the heart of the resort opposite the Rocher de la Vierge is one of the biggest aquariums in France with almost fifty basins filled with hammerhead sharks (unique in France), baby seals, sea turtles, rays, barracudas, clown fish and more. There are over 500 fish and sea creatures to see!
The Fishing Port between the Grande Plage and Rocher de la Vierge is a must-visit in Biarritz at the foot of the Atalaye Plateau. Here you'll find fishing huts that locals call "crampottes". There are also lovely little restaurants oozing charm. Whilst here be sure to visit Sainte Eugénie Church, named after the Empress Eugénie, Napoleon III's wife, who made Biarritz her favourite holiday destination in the mid-19th century.
Port Vieux was a whale fishing port until the 17th century that, over time, became a popular place to unwind and take a stroll among locals and tourists holidaying in the Basque Country. It's a one-of-a-kind spot to have a wander, enjoy the beach sheltered from the wind and waves or have a drink by the sea.