Villa Bidart is on a shallow cliff overlooking Bidart’s main beach on the southern edge of Biarritz. On top of the beach, with panoramic views of the ocean and the Pyrenees. In the heart of the historic village of Bidart on the outskirts of Biarritz, this six bedroom villa is the most luxurious & well situated on the Basque coast.
One of the most famous regions of France and renowned for its natural beauty, Pyrenées-Atlantiques is the pearl of the French Atlantic coast. A mecca for surfers and outdoor enthusiasts, a playground of the moneyed, a magnet for the gastronomically adventurous, and the ultimate sun-worshipping climate – it would be challenging to find anywhere so universally tempting as Biarritz and her neighboring regions.
In the 1800s and 1900s, Biarritz was the playground of Europe’s royal families, with its Grande Plage dominated by the Hotel du Palais, built by Napoleon III. Today its fan-base is slightly more democratised, with surfers, golfers, partygoers, snowboarders and sailors all drawn to its unique combination of southern France chic, renowned ocean waves and eclectic nightlife.
The jewel of Northern Spain’s Basque Country. One of the most famous tourist destinations in Spain, San Sebastian is a ‘small big’ city dedicated to the finer things in life. The smaller scale of San Sebastian is deceptive however, as the city has now risen to the international stage hosting festivals and such for the world. The city is also home to 16 Michelin Stars, so you’ll certainly never be short of amazing restaurants in which to eat.
A dizzying natural landscape crying out to be scaled by mountain lovers. The Pyrenees mountain range is littered with hundreds of hiking trails set into undulating, often dramatic terrain, making the area a mecca for hikers and mountain bikers alike. The curving roads also serve as the ideal track for road cyclists. The region is also spoiled with no less than 5 excellent ski runs within very easy reach.
Biarritz is Basque, but with a clear Parisian influence. It sits on the edge of the Atlantic, but at the foot of the Pyrenees. Its unique position means that there is a distinct Spanish influence running through its architecture and cuisine. Biarritz is a wonderful example of a region with a rich cultural heritage like no other.
Things to do in Biarritz
When it comes to finding activities and pursuits to fill your days in Biarritz, Villa Bidartis is absolutely spoiled for choice. Whether it’s the renowned surfing locations, the idyllic French markets or the sumptuous culinary delights of the local restaurants, there is truly something for anyone seeking an experience to cherish.
Right on your doorstep you will find Bidart’s beaches: a selection of cliff-lined coves that link up at low tide. Water temperatures in summer are as high as 27c (86F), and stay good for swimming until mid-October. Other beautiful beaches nearby include Parlementia (at Guethary), Erretegia, and Ilbarritz.
The Basque country is often considered the birth place of golf in France. There are 12 top quality golf courses within quick and easy reach to satisfy any golfing itch – whatever your level of skill.
- Golf de Moliets
- Gold Hotel de Seignosse
- Golf d’Hossegor
- Golf de Chiberta
- Golf de Biarritz
- Golf d’ilbarritz
- Real Golf Club de San Sebastian
- Golf de Chantaco
- Golf de Bassussarry
- Golf d’Epherra
- Golf de la Nivelle
Festivals & Events
- January: San Sebastian La Tamborrada drum parades
- February: San Sebastian Carnivals and Tinker Day
- April: Avrilexpo in Biarritz
- May: Festival Des Arts De La Rue
- June: La Casetas (Surfing festival) in Biarritz
- Les Océanes in Biarritz
- San Sebastian Beer Fest
- Show jumping in Biarritz
- July: Biarritz Surf Festival – Roxy Pro
- Festival De Jazz
- Foire Internationale D’art Contemporain
- Fetes De La Magdalena
- Le BIG Festival
- Jazzaldia (San Sebastian Jazz Festival). This has become of the Spain’s most important events of its kind.
- Suez Gaz French Open in Biarritz
- July / August: Fêtes de Bayonne (a 5-day world-famous festival)
- Semana Grande De Vitoria Fete Patronales
- Quinzaine Musicale
- Semana Grande De San Sebastian Fete Patronales
- Semana Grande De Bilbao Fete Patronales
- Marche Medieval
- September: Le Temps d’Aimer Biarritz dance festival
- San Sebastian International Film Festival
- Regates Trophee Bandera De La Concha
- Fete Des Jars
- Fete De La Vendange
- Foire D’Artisanat Medieval Vitoria Gasteiz
- Quiksilver Pro Landes
A defining feature of any Basque town is its friendly atmosphere and bustling market life, which can be found in the nearby towns any day of the week.
- Visit the historic Biarritz market in Les Halles.
- The Antiques Markets in Pau, Bayonne, Anglet and Cambo Les Bains are great for those with an eye for a good bargain.
- Walk out of The Beach House on a Saturday morning and saunter around the charming weekly Bidart market.
- If staying in the Summer months of July and August, Navarrenx evening market is also a real treat to behold.
Pintxos & Tapas
A twenty five minute drive away, San Sebastian is the epicentre of the Pintxos (Tapas), and is one of the top 10 eating experiences in the world. The old town in San Sebastian is packed with hundreds of small pintxos bars where you can eat tortillas, baby squid, delicious black pudding toasts, and other delicacies, accompanied by local ciders, sherry, or for something a bit different, a glass of sparkling Txakoli.
Highlights include Bar Nestor near the fruit market (cote de boeuf and amazing tomatoes), and Alcalde near the church (Ham and an array of pintxos).
The pintxos influence, however, is seen throughout the Basque country including in Biarritz, where the best to be found are in Bar Jean, in the Halles market zone.
If there is anyone who knows their wine it is the French, and the southwest regions are certainly no exceptions. Vineyards are set on the steep, sunny mountainsides surrounding the Baïgorry valley. Original Basque vine-varieties are used to make the local character-filled wine. Txakoli, once a farmer’s thirst-quencher, is now a unique local white wine that’s a perfect partner with seafood and pintxos.
For real wine connoisseurs The Beach House sits not a million miles from the Bordeaux wine region to the North East, while Rioja lies just a couple of hours south into Spain.
- Biarritz: 6.6km (13 minutes)
- Bilbao: 138km (1 hour 25min)
- Bordeaux: 196km (1hour 55 mins)
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