FESTIVALS, HOLIDAYS AND OTHER ANNUAL EVENTS IN Biarritz
There are a number of festivals, holidays and other events celebrated in Biarritz each year. The main ones are listed below.January 1: New Year's Day (national holiday) May 1: Labour Day (national holiday)
On the first of May, it is customary to offer a sprig of lily-of-the-valley to close friends, family members or neighbours. On this day, anyone in France can sell lily-of-the valley sprigs on the street without needing a licence, provided the flowers have been picked wild or homegrown. Unsurprisingly, sellers can be found on almost every corner!Mid-May: Festival des Arts de la Rue (local event)
For three days in May, performance artists working in a range of disciplines – theatre, dance, mime, movement, acrobatics, clowning – take to the streets for this festival, which celebrated its tenth anniversary in 2015.Mid-June: Les Casetas (local event)
This huge, intergenerational five-day celebration announces the arrival of summer, with various bodegas and restaurants along the Basque coast welcoming thousands of visitors from noon until late at night. Street artists and musicians enliven the festivities.June 21: Fête de la Musique (celebrated nationwide)
Also celebrated internationally as World Music Day, for this festival many free concerts featuring all types of music are held in the streets and at various venues around Biarritz.July–August: Les Scènes Estivales (local event)
For two months every summer, Biarritz organizes this festival at several outdoor stages around the city, offering a number of concerts each week, all free and open to the public, with entertainment ranging from blues, jazz and pop to salsa and Basque choirs.July 14: Bastille Day (national holiday)
This holiday celebrates both the storming of the Bastille prison in 1789, the key event marking the beginning of the French Revolution, which would culminate in the collapse of the absolute monarchy, and the end of the privileges enjoyed by the clergy and the aristocracy. In Biarritz, to commemorate the event in style, a spectacular fireworks display is set off from the Grande Plage, the city's main beach along the Atlantic Ocean.August 15: Assumption Day (national holiday)
This celebration, still very popular in Biarritz, is marked by the faithful with a religious procession through the streets, among other observances. The second major fireworks display of the summer is held in the evening, set off from the Rocher du Basta and the Grande Plage.Third weekend in September: European Heritage Days (celebrated nationwide)
The aim of the European Heritage Days is to open up numerous sites and monuments, many of which are normally closed to the public. A great opportunity for a lovely stroll through the city to admire architectural treasures kept under wraps the rest of the year.November 7–15: Fêtes de la Saint-Martin (local event)
In tribute to the city's patron saint, these festivities, always full of local colour and charm, draw thousands of visitors each year. Highlights include gastronomic competitions, sports tournaments and a special mass in honour of Saint Martin.December 25: Christmas (national holiday)
During the Christmas season, Biarritz is the backdrop for a magical two-week festival of lights. As night falls, visitors are treated to an enchanting spectacle of innovative and exceptional lighting installations created by celebrated artists in this field, revealing the city's architectural treasures in a new guise each year.
CLIMATE AND WEATHER IN BiarritzBiarritz has an oceanic climate, with mild winters and very warm summers, tempered by ocean breezes. The average temperature in the winter is 8°C (46°F), considerably higher than the national average for France, while in summer it reaches 20°C (68°F). The weather can turn stormy occasionally throughout the year. Although these storms can be very violent, they are generally short-lived.
|Month||Min. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Max. Average Temperature (°C/F°)||Average Rains (MM)||Best Time to Travel|
|January||5/41||12/54||143/5.6||Not the best period to go|
|February||5/41||13/55||123/4.8||Not the best period to go|
|March||7/45||15/59||122/4.8||Not the best period to go|
|April||8/46||16/61||133/5.2||Not the best period to go|
|May||12/54||20/68||121/4.8||Good period to go|
|June||15/59||22/72||91/3.6||Good period to go|
|July||17/63||24/75||65/2.6||Good period to go|
|August||17/63||25/77||102/4.0||Good period to go|
|September||15/59||23/73||125/4.9||Good period to go|
|October||12/54||20/68||136/5.4||Not the best period to go|
|November||8/46||15/59||174/6.9||Not the best period to go|
|December||6/43||12/54||149/5.9||Not the best period to go|
Biarritz Pays Basque Airport
Biarritz Pays Basque Airport is located about 4 kilometres (2.5 miles) south-east of the city centre.
- One terminal for both international and domestic flights
Getting from the airport to Biarritz and back
- By car
- Accessible via the D810. Travel time is 5 minutes from central Biarritz, and 10 minutes from Bayonne.
- There are four parking facilities, all offering free parking for the first 15 minutes:
- P3 Courte Durée (pick-up and drop-off), EUR 1.40 for 20 minutes, EUR 3.20 for 1 hour
- P0 Proximité (short stay with direct access to the terminal), EUR 19.00 for 36 hours
- P8 Eco Proximité (short stay), EUR 18.00 for 36 hours
- P2 Economique (long stay), EUR 17.00 for 36 hours
- Several car rental companies have counters in the arrivals hall.
- By bus
- Chronoplus line C connects the airport with Biarritz La Négresse train station. Travel time is about 7 minutes. A ticket valid on all public transport costs EUR 1 for 1 hour and EUR 2 for 24 hours.
- Chronoplus line 10 connects Biarritz La Négresse train station with the beach at Anglet.
- Chronoplus line 14 connects the airport with the Bayonne train station. Travel time is about 30 minutes. A ticket valid on all public transport costs EUR 1 for 1 hour and EUR 2 for 24 hours.
- Express bus 816 operated by ATCRB and Transports64 connects the airport with Saint-Jean-de-Luz (travel time of about 20 minutes) and Hendaye (travel time of about 60 minutes), with service every 30 to 60 minutes. The fare is EUR 2 each way.
- By taxi
- Taxis are available at the ranks just outside the airport.
- Navettes ATCRB n° 876 : Aéroport – Hendaye ou Saint-Jean de Luz.
- Services : shops, bars and restaurants and free Internet access (Wi-Fi) available in the airport.
- Telephone : +33 (0)5 59 43 83 83
- Website : http://www.biarritz.aeroport.fr
GETTING AROUND Biarritz
Buses or rental cars are the best options for getting around the city. And to enjoy the scenic views along the Basque coast, you will want to rent a bicycle!
By car and motorcycle
Cars and motorcycles are ideal for getting around Biarritz. The city has seven municipal parking lots.
The network of buses operating throughout Biarritz is very practical for tourists. From May to September, 2-hour guided bus tours of Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne are offered.
In addition, several free shuttle services are offered in Biarritz:
- City Centre shuttle
- June 28–August 30 (7 days a week)
- Shuttles run every 15 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Saint-Charles/Milady shuttle (connects the city centre with the beaches from July 13 to August 30)
- June 28–August 30 (7 days a week)
- Shuttles run every 25 minutes from 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
- Navette Côte des Basques
- June 28–August 30 (7 days a week)
- Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, September 5–27
- Shuttles run every 15 minutes from 10 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Bicycles are also an excellent choice for exploring Biarritz. Several bike rental shops are dotted around the city. For those with a bit less stamina, it is even possible to rent electric bicycles!
As Biarritz does not cover a very large area, it is also delightful to discover on foot.
Upon your arrival in Biarritz, you can get in touch with local tourism professionals for further information and to help organize your stay.Biarritz Tourist Office
Offers practical information and many useful recommendations (accommodation, restaurants, public transport, festivals, cultural events, etc.).
- Address : Villa Javalquinto Square d'Ixelles 64200 Biarritz
- Telephone : +33 (0)5 59 22 37 00
- Website : http://tourisme.biarritz.fr
Currency and Exchange Rates
The currency used in France is the Euro (€).
$1 = €0.94
€1 = $1.06
The above exchange rate is given for information because is variable.
There are no vaccination requirements for visitors to France.
For more information, contact Air France's international vaccination centre:
- Address : 38 Quai de Jemmapes 75010 Paris
- Website : (http://www.vaccinations-airfrance.fr)
- Telephone : +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
- To make a vaccination appointment: :
- online (click here)
- call the centre at +33 (0)1 43 17 22 00
There are no specific food safety risks. French government authorities promote good hygiene practices and put in place strengthened control procedures for sites especially frequented by tourists during the summer months.Water
Tap water is safe to drink in Biarritz.
As a general rule, a visa is required to enter France. Foreign nationals in the two categories listed below are not required to carry a visa for stays of 90 days or less:
- Citizens of the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) or the Swiss Confederation
- Citizens or nationals of the following countries: Albania, Andorra, Antigua and Barbuda, Argentina, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Costa Rica, Dominica, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Holy See (Vatican City), Honduras, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mauritius, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Samoa, San Marino, Serbia, Seychelles, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Timor-Leste, Trinidad and Tobago, United Arab Emirates, United States, Uruguay, Venezuela
- For stays of more than 90 days, a long-stay visa is required.
Travellers from all other countries must be in possession of a visa, regardless of the length of their stay. Visa applications must be submitted to the nearest French Embassy or French Consulate in the country of permanent residence well in advance of departure.
For further information, visit the website of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs:
Here are a few basic French phrases that will make your stay in Biarritz a little easier:
Hello / Good morning / Good afternoon: Bonjour
Good evening: Bonsoir
Good-bye: Au revoir
No, thank you: Non, merci
Thank you very much: Merci beaucoup
I don't understand: Je ne comprends pas
Could you repeat that: Pouvez-vous répéter ?
Please: S'il vous plaît
What time is it: Quelle heure est-il ?
Excuse me: Excusez-moi
Train station: Gare
I'm (…): Je suis (…)
I'm looking for (…): Je recherche (…)
How much is (…): Quel est le prix de (…) ?
Do you have (…): Avez-vous (…) ?
Where can I find (…): Où puis-je trouver (…) ?
Where can I buy (…): Où puis-je acheter (…) ?
I'd like (…): Je voudrais (…)
Good to know
of time difference with
End of daylight saving time: last Sunday in October
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Usually open Monday to Friday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
And what about tipping?
In Biarritz like elsewhere in France, a service charge is always included in the bill. If you are particularly pleased with the service, you may certainly leave a few extra euros on the table. But this additional tip is neither expected nor necessary.