Founded by Emperor Napoléon III and his wife, Eugenie, the seaside resort of Biarritz has always had international flair. It’s not as glitzy as the Côte d’Azur but has great, large beaches and a bustling surfing scene, as well as a hippie-cool vibe reminiscent of southern California.
Perfect forFamilies | Romantics | Soul Searchers
When to goMarch-May | June-August | September-November
Ideal length of stay3-5 Nights
Designing Your Journey
Work with Indagare to design the perfect itinerary for an immersive journey. Our travel experts know the destination inside and out, and they can make recommendations based on your travel needs and preferences.
6 Days: Essential Southwestern France
From Bordeaux, it’s a two-hour train ride to Biarritz, a seaside resort that was founded by Emperor Napoléon III. The surrounding French Basque region, including myriad famous villages, is best explored on a guided tour in a fire-red Citroen 2CV. Here is just one example of what our destination experts can create for you.
Days 1-3: Bordeaux
Explore this bustling southwestern city with its glorious historic old town and trendy emerging neighborhoods. It’s a fabulous place for foodies with excellent bistros. Experience a performance at the Grand Théâtre de Bordeaux and have a plugged-in tour guide take you into the wine region just beyond the city or to the coast to see Europe’s largest sand dune.
Days 4-6: Biarritz & Environs
From Bordeaux, take a two-hour train ride to Biarritz, a seaside resort close to the Spanish border that’s small enough to be easily explored on foot. Sign up for a surf class, tour neighboring St.-Jean de Luz and go shopping for espadrilles. Indagare can also organize a countryside excursion with a Citroen 2CV, a fun way to see the scenic Basque region.
Days 7-8: Relaxation
Your final nights in southwestern France should be spent relaxing in a beautiful location, whether at a wine château, an acclaimed restaurant and spa resort or in the vineyards near Bordeaux. Indagare can organize a classic countryside sojourn.
Where To Stay
We only feature hotels that we can vouch for first-hand. At many of them, Indagare members receive special perks, including upgrades, early check-in, spa credits, and more. Look for the Indagare Plus logo in the reviews.