The Buzz on Biarritz

Posted in: France


photograph courtesy of tabernilla
photograph courtesy of tabernilla

For several years now we’ve been hearing a buzz about the rediscovery of Biarritz, the Atlantic coast beach resort town in the southwestern corner of France.

Part of what makes Biarritz so interesting is its history as a tourist spot. Once Napoleon’s holiday destination of choice, Biarritz long ago lost its preeminence as a French beach resort to various Côte d’Azur hotspots. Despite this, it still lures huge numbers of visitors to its upmarket hotels and beaches.

Today, Biarritz is as much a site of faded glamour as it is a huge surfer destination. Among the local surf-oriented establishments, we like the looks of the Natural Surf Lodge, which is located 35km from Biarritz.

We just discovered that Sterling is following fellow low-fare airline Ryanair in flying to the Basque surf town. As of May, Sterling will be jetting from Copenhagen and Oslo to Biarritz. Fares start at €72 one-way from Oslo and €74 one-way from Copenhagen, taxes and fees included.

About the author

Alex Robertson Textor

About the author: Alex Robertson Textor is a London-based travel writer and editor. He has written for Rough Guides, the New York Times, and Public Books, among other publications; he also guided the tablet magazine Travel by Handstand to two SATW Foundation Lowell Thomas Travel Journalism awards. With Pam Mandel, he writes copy and generates ideas as White Shoe Travel Content. He is on Twitter as @textorian and maintains his own blog,

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