Biarritz Weekend Breaks

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Weekend Breaks to Biarritz

Planning a short break to Biarritz? Check out Travel Library's recommended Top 10 Things To Do in Biarritz. It's a perfect companion for weekend city breaks to Biarritz. Once you've been you can add your own tips and suggestions to help other visitors.

Eglise St-Martin

Located at rue St-Martin. This church is one of the few vestiges of the port's early boom days, when the town was a prosperous whaling centre.

The church dates back to the 1100s and was restored in 1541 with a Flamboyant Gothic chancel. This is one of the town's top attractions and is well worth a visit.

The church is open everyday from 08h00 to 19h30. Admission is free.

Musee de la Mer

14 plateau de l'Atalaye. This museum is a great place to take the children, with it's 24 aquariums of fish that are native to the bay. The aquarium's top attractions are the seals at their daily feedings, 10h30 and 17h00; and the sharks, that are fed on Tuesday and Friday at 11h00, Wednesday and Sunday at 16h30. The Museum is open July and August everyday from 09h30 - 24h00; November to December and February to June Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 - 12h30 and 14h00 - 18h00. It's closed in January. Admission is $9.75 for adults; $6 for students and children 5 to 16; and free for children under 5.

Eglise Orthodoxe Russe

8 av. de l'Imperatrice. Before the Russian Revolution of 1917 many members of Russian nobility came to Biarritz. This Byzantine-Russian landmark was built in 1892 so that Russian aristocrats on holiday in Biarritz could worship when they weren't having champagne; caviar; and Basque prostitutes. It's famous for its gilded dome, the interior of which is the color of a blue sky on a clear and sunny day. This is one of the most spectacular sights in town. The church is open Tuesday to Sunday from 09h30 to 18h00. Admission is free.

quai de la Grande Plage

Near the Hotel du Palais. This is the main beach and promenade of Biarritz and is probably the most popular. There is plenty on offer to keep the whole family busy: you can catch some sun; go to one of the many shops or restaurants on the promenade; go surfing; or take part in one of the many other water activities on offer. The beach is beautiful and many people flock here during the holiday season to have a great time in the sun; surf; and sand.

Hotel du Palais

Av. de l'Imperatrice. This is the best hotel palace on the Basque coast, and has been a popular hotel for the last 100 years. It was built in 1854 by Napoleon III as a private villa for Eugenie, on the most ideal beachfront location in view of the rocks and rugged shoreline. The hotel offers three restaurants; a bar; room service; outdoor pool with heated sea water; sauna; fitness room; putting green; playground and pool for children; and laundry/dry cleaning services. The rooms are furnished with period furniture and silk draperies, and have minibar; TV; radio; telephone; hair dryer; and a full bathroom.

For more information visit: www.hotel-du-palais.com/

The Biarritz Surf Festival

Cote des Basques. This is the most popular summer surf event in Europe, which attracts the top surfers from around the world, for a week of competitions; music; and films. It is held on the beach at Cote des Basques, which was the birthplace of surfing in France. There are many contests and demonstrations of tandem surfing; paddle board racing; Tahitian pirogues; as well as other water sports. The festival begins with the traditional and symbolic mixing of the waters between the surfers that come from the four corners of the wrold. The festival is held in the middle of July. Activities run from 08h00 - 18h30 everyday, with other entertainment at night.

For more information visit the Surf Festival's website: www.biarritzsurffestival.com

Cafe de Paris

5 place Bellevue. This elegant restaurant is the best place to go in Biarritz, and is run by the hottest chef in town, Didier Oudill. They serve a range of excellent Basque dishes, including pink-cooked duck with vegetables in puff pastry. This is the place to go to sample some of the best of the local cuisine. The restaurant is open Thursday to monday from 12h00 - 14h30 and 19h00 - 22h00. Reservations are required as this is one of the most popular restaurants in town.

Centre d'entrainement d'Ilbarritz-Bidart

Avenue du Chateau. Biarritz has more golf courses than any other town in France, the Centre d'entrainement d'Ilbarritz-Bidart is a great place to practice your golfing skills. It is spread over 14 acres, and has a circular practice area set against a backdrop of the Pyrenees. The practice area re-creates every possible golfing hazard and setback imaginable, from long shots to putting-green dilemmas. To play 9 holes will cost you $24.30.

Plage Miramar

Allee Winston-Churchill. This is the beach to go to if you're looking for a little more relaxation and tranquility, away from the busy tourist beaches. There is a paved path, which takes you along the beach and leads you through beautiful gardens; carved rock; and vista points. There are also a few cafes where you can have lunch. The beach is beautiful and there are many gardens, where you can sit back and relax.

Musee Asiatica

1 rue Guy Petit. This is the Biarritz's newest museum and houses an unusual and interesting collection, mostly from India; Nepal; Tibet; and China.

The art work on display dates from prehistory to the current age.

The museum is open Tuesday to Friday from 10h30 - 19h30; Saturday from 10h00 - 20h00; and Sunday from 14h00 - 20h00.

Admission is $8.50 for adults; $4.25 for persons 13 to 25; $2.40 for children 8 to 12; and children under 8 are free.

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