A Walk In Biarritz France, Part Two

December 1, 2011 — 8 Comments

It was a beautiful, sunny spring day as I walked through the Basque city of Biarritz. I only had a few hours, and wanted to make the best of my visit, before I travelled to St. Jean Pied de Port and the Camino de Santiago. On my last post, A Walk in Biarritz, France, Part One, I flew into Biarritz from London, and proceeded to walk through the downtown area toward St. Eugenie Church. I ended that post with my first view of the brillant Bay of Biscay. Now, I’ll resume my journey as I spent a pleasant late April afternoon in Biarritz, France.

In my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, I arrived in Biarritz on page 20From St. Eugenie Church, I walked onto the Biarritz seawall. The view of the Bay of Biscay, and the Old Harbor, was amazing.

Photo of Seawall and Boats in Biarritz, France - Bay of Biscay


This is one of my favourite photos. The stone foot bridge to Le Rocher du Basta (The Rock of Basta).

Photo of the Seawall in Biarritz, France, near St. Martin's Church


I took my time and watched the waves rush under the bridge, and along the seawall. Here is some rough video from my YouTube channel. Don’t Worry, There’s No Nudity.


This was my first view of the lighthouse and the beach, La Grande Plage.

photo of the Lighthouse and Beach in Biarritz, France


Looking again over the marina or boat enclosure. I especially like the contrast between the colour of the shrubs, the rock, and the brillant blue sea.

photo of Seawall and the Bay of Biscay, Biarritz, France


Le Rocher du Basta: a very pleasant spot with beautiful views of the Bay of Biscay, lighthouse, and beach.

Photo of Le Rocher du Basta in Biarritz, France


The lighthouse and beach from Le Rocher du Basta.

photo of the Lighthouse and Beach in Biarritz, France


The wide building in the centre is the Casino Barriére de Biarritz, originally opened in 1901.

Photo of the beach and casino in Biarritz France


A closer look at the beach and Casino. According to the Biarritz Tourism website, the city has six kilometres of beaches, and 2,300 hotel rooms. Biarritz is also renowned for surfing and the Biarritz Surf Festival is held every year. According to this surfing article in the Guardian, Biarritz’s festival is the “Best for Female Surfers.”

Photo of the beach and Casino de Biarritz in France


Outside the gates of the Hotel du Palais, originally built in 1854 for Empress Eugenie, wife of Napoleon III. The Hotel du Palais’s excellent website also has a page on the history of the site and building. Monarchs such as Queen Victoria have also stayed there. Sadly, I didn’t. My hotel in Bayonne definitely didn’t look like this.

photo of the exterior of the Hotel du Palais - Biarritz, France

Photo of Hotel du Palais gate - Biarritz, France


Finally, I made it to the lighthouse. By this time, my energy was waning from the long walk in the warm afternoon. I wasn’t used to carrying a full backpack, and had spent eight hours carrying it around London the previous day.

Photo of the lighthouse in Biarritz France


The Hotel du Palais on top of the cliffs, above a secluded beach.

Photo of the Hotel du Palais and Cliffs in Biarritz, France


After about a three kilometer walk, this was the view looking back. My walk wasn’t over…

Photo of the Biarritz Beach from the Lighthouse, blue sky - France


I came across Golf de Biarritz Le Phare quite by accident. I had been walking toward the downtown but since I didn’t have a map of Biarritz, I found myself a little off course (which is also the reason I no longer play golf). Golf de Biarritz Le Phare was built in 1888 by English residents, and is the second oldest golf course on the European continent.

photo of Biarritz Le Phare Golf Club - France

Photo of Golf de Biarritz Le Phare Golf Club 1888, france

Shortly after I left the golf course, I hopped on the first bus I saw. I toured around Biarritz until I boarded the bus that took me to Bayonne. On my next post, THE MEDIEVAL CITY OF BAYONNE, FRANCE, I’ll resume my walk in Bayonne before travelling to St. Jean Pied de Port, and the Camino de Santiago. Please join me.

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About Randall St. Germain

Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.


8 responses to A Walk In Biarritz France, Part Two

  1. I am so happy you posted the photos. Great pics. Would love to see it all in person. Maybe, one day …

  2. Beautiful pictures! Makes me wanna go to France.

    • Thanks, I never looked at the photos as closed as I did for this post. I am happy I have so many good ones. I really want to get back to France soon.

  3. beautiful photos…southern France is beautiful…love the sound of the sea…:)

    • Thanks, although I wished my camera work and camera was better on the video. It’s hard to keep a little point-and-shoot still sometimes. However, I still enjoy watching this scene and listening to the waves.

  4. I enjoyed every picture & the video, but felt your pain of all that walking. Thanks.

    • At this point, I wasn’t too bad. I sure felt the effects of lack of sleep and so much walking in later days. Thanks for your comment, Marie.

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