The Virgin's Rock
You can get to the famous Virgin's Rock, symbol of the city of Bayonne, by foot after crossing a footbridge. Enjoy a lovely walk with views that are unusually fine. It was Napoléon III who had the footbridge constructed to link the rock to the shore. A tunnel was then dug into the rock on top of which stands the statue of the virgin.
For a really unforgettable trip with the family, head for the highly impressive Aquarium of Biarritz. A hundred or so species of flora and fauna from the Bay of Biscay are on show here. You'll also find collections pertaining to the fishing techniques employed in the Basque region, a gallery devoted to whales and dolphins, and a shark cave, and you'll also be able to enjoy watching the seals in their own pool!
The beaches of Biarritz and surfing
Discovering Biarritz also means exploring its variety of beaches and coves. The beach which stretches all along the Place Bellevue and that of the Port Vieux, perfect for families. Treat yourself to a stopoff at the Marbella beach, the surfers' paradise, or Milady beach, which has all sorts of activities on offer. It's highly likely that you'll fall headlong for the splendid beach of Le Casino. For people who enjoy watersports, from April to November, 18 surf schools welcome beginners and hardened surfers for lessons lasting a few hours or training over several days. All sorts of events such as the Casetas de Biarritz and Wheels and Waves put surfing under the spotlight!
The fishing harbour
On the seafront promenade in Biarritz, you'll find the fishing harbour. This is a delightful location, featuring pretty cottages and old boats. Try some of the seafood on offer on the restaurant terraces!
Stop off at the lighthouse on Pointe Saint-Martin. This old 19th century building, the whiteness of which will take you by surprise, is forty or so metres high and looks out over the city. It really is a thing of beauty!
Route: Labenne – Biarritz 34 mins – 21 km via the D810 D260