Discover our local Gay Biarritz Guide and insiders’ recommendations, for best gay bars, beaches, clubs, restaurants, museums, monuments, shopping …
Biarritz is the capital of the French Basque Country, a superb region which kept a substantial identity.
It is only 25 kilometers from the Spanish border, and a few hours from Bilbao and San Sebastian.
Biarritz has a lot to offer and it is an ideal place to explore the Landes coast, a world landmark for beautiful and muscular (straight) surfers.
The hinterland, on the steps of the Pyrenees mountains also offers breathtaking landscapes.
Unlike the Côte d’Azur, Basques’ beaches are often long and wide, and seem less crowded, even in summer.
Since the 19th century, the city has been a landmark of the aristocracy and the good European bourgeoisie.
It was then called “the queen of beaches and the beach of kings.”
Today, there are still some beautiful testimonies of those times, made of large romantic hotels, art nouveau buildings, and art deco mansions.
In every corner of the center, you can find beautiful terraces of cafés to stop for a drink or to see people passing by, like a real local.
The city is more famous for its beaches than for its museums.
However, you can spend a few hours in the Aquarium and Sea Museum, set in a magnificent Art Deco building.
You will find excellent restaurants, trendy bars, and shops everywhere in the old town.
On Sundays, a visit to the Market of Les Halles is essential.
This is the right place to buy cheeses, hams or Basque wines and other delicious specialties of South-West France.
Stop at the Miremont pastry shop, which dates back to the early 19th century and whose interior is classified, to buy delightful and caloric french “gateaux.”
Day trip from Biarritz
A visit to Bayonne, the neighboring town, is a must. Its appearance is more authentic and historical.
The city is known for its five days of celebrations that take place in August, and where men dress up in the traditional white and red Basque’ costume.
This festival attracts a million people each year, so festive atmosphere and crowds are assured.
Like the Beer Festival in Munich, Bayonne’s festival is increasingly popular with the LGBT people, even if the atmosphere is sometimes a little “vivid.”
Another option is a longer drive to go to Bilbao, this amazing city in Spanish Basque country.
Gay beaches close to Biarritz
If you have a car, you will undoubtedly spend your afternoons on one of the many gay-friendly beaches in the region.
Among them, Plage Miramar and Plage des Deux Jumeaux located a few kilometers from the city.
On your way to the beach, you can enjoy the beautiful panoramas of the coastal routes, between Saint-Jean-de-Luz and Hendaye or between Saint-Sébastien and Pasaia.
A sunset on a beautiful summer day is a perfect show to bluff your boyfriend.
Gay life in Biarritz
Gay life in Biarritz has declined in recent years but remains dynamic enough to spend an excellent weekend there.
To know a bit more about France, you can have a look as well on our Gay City guides for Nice, Paris, Versailles, Lyon, Nantes, Strasbourg, Montpellier, or Toulouse. Or even for smaller cities such as Cannes, Deauville, Aix-en-Provence, Grenoble or Lille.