The Atlantic coast, from Biarritz down to Saint Jean de Luz, has become wildly popular lately as many beachgoers have fled the crowds and high prices of the Mediterranean for the cooler temperatures and “surf’s up” vibe of the Atlantic. While this has been great for the bar and restaurant scene, finding affordable hotel rooms has become increasingly tricky.
Here’s our selection of “Cheapo-friendly” bed and breakfasts in and around Biarritz:
Nere Chocoa, a beautiful “Basco-Spanish” house located on the grounds of a huge park, has 3 bedrooms starting at €70 a night. 28, rue Larreguy tel: 06 0833 8435
Villa Flore is conveniently located close to the beaches and has rooms starting at €75 a night. 6 av des Marronniers tel: 06 0772 3930
Le Mamelon Vert is a cosy country house with views of the Adour river and the Pyrenees. Rooms start at €85 a night; 2 nights minimum.
Note that the SNCF, the French National Railway, has opened its reservations for the summer so now is the time to book those summertime train trips. Peak holiday season in France is July 14-Aug 15, so anything outside that window means less-crowded trains.