There are two historical churches worth visiting in Biarritz. Eglise St-Martin (St-Martin’s Church) on rue St-Martin, was originally constructed back in the 12th century, and later restored in the middle of the 16th century with a Flamboyant Gothic chancel. It is one of the few sites that has survived the early boom days of the old whaling center, before the whales left the Bay of Biscay.

The church is open every day, and located in the town center between rue d’Espagne and avenue de Gramont. And the Eglise Orthodoxe Russe (Russian Orthodox Church) is a living testimony to the Russian nobility who lived in Biarritz before the Revolution of 1917. Located on de l’Imperatrice across from the Hotel du Palais, the Byzantine-Russian landmark was built in 1892 primarily for the use of vacationing aristocrats. Check out the gilded dome with its cheery blue interior.

Also walk along the plateau de l’Atalaye to the tunnel that was carved on the orders of Napoleon III and designed by Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel. From there take the footbridge to the islet named Rocher de la Vierge. Here, the Rock of the Virgin statue, erected in 1865, is said to have protected the sailors and fishermen in the Bay of Biscay. With clear skies, visitors can see all the way to the mountains of the Spanish Basque country.

 

For another attraction or day trip drive north to visit the seaside towns & beaches of Arcachon, Mimizan & Biscarrosse, its makes a perfect day trip from Biarritz with some lovely beaches to discover.