Campervan hire Biarritz
While the royal glamour and charm of the Belle Époque still echo through elegant villas and heritage-listed residences, Biarritz pulsates with a vivid surf culture that’s more popular than ever.
Twenty-five kilometres up from the Spanish border, on the French Basque’s Atlantic coast, Biarritz calls on nostalgic travellers and adventure seekers alike. Its offering? Casinos, historical buildings, seawater therapy centres, a revived dining scene, charming boutiques, golf courses, lovely promenades, and exciting waves. Known for its royal allure and a bewildering number of famous visitors, this shabby chic seaside resort was the go-to summer retreat of 19th-century French elites and a mischievous creative set of famous characters, including Coco Chanel, Frank Sinatra, and Ernest Hemingway. But from the 1950s on, Biarritz has slowly morphed into a laid-back beach town with the arrival of a more dude-sque clique of tide riders, as the surf culture of California washed on the shores of Europe. With diverse activities both on and offshore, Biarritz is colourful, lively and exciting, while keeping its mysterious charm and flair. Rent a motorhome or campervan in Biarritz and enjoy the ebb and flow as you discover its glamorous history and enjoy its trendy, upbeat water sports culture.
Depot + Transfer
If you’re ready to rent a campervan in Biarritz, meet us at Biarritz Airport (BIQ) on 7 Espl. de l’Europe, 64600 Anglet, France, where you can pick up and drop off your Biarritz rental RV - free of charge in the regular hours, of course!
Parking in the city
Biarritz is filled with paid parking spots for campervans. Biarritz also offers some free parking possibilities, one of which is close to Plage de la Côte des Basques, right on Avenue Notre Dame, a short 10-minute walk from the city centre.
Camping grounds nearby
The best-known camping ground in Biarritz is Biarritz Camping (28 Rue de Harcet), just 2 km away from the city centre. You can camp your van here from April to the beginning of October and enjoy a wide number of facilities available on-site, including a bar, a children’s area, free wi-fi and an indoor pool. Off-season, you can camp your motorhome for free at Aire de Camping Cars, near Ave de Millady.
Starting as a Viking settlement and a whaling village, Biarritz went through some stunning and unpredictable transformations. In the mid-1800s, bewildered by stunning beaches and the curing properties of the local waters, Empress Eugenia convinced her husband, Napoleon III, to build her a summer residence near Biarritz’ seashore (today Hôtel du Palais). This ignited a series of glamorous aristocratic gatherings and fabulous parties, rippling stories of epic proportions throughout Europe. Famous characters kept coming to Biarritz, no matter the decade. From Coco Chanel to Frank Sinatra and Ernest Hemingway, Biarritz was blessed with a select company, thanks to which it developed a unique atmosphere. With the visit of American scriptwriter Peter Viertel, Biarritz was introduced to the carpe diem surf culture. The Aloha attitude took root as more surfing globetrotters made for the local break, gaining Biarritz a reputation as the surfing hotspot of France.
As the glittering resort of the French Basque Country, Biarritz proudly celebrates its influences by speaking the Euskara language and serving Basque delicacies on every occasion. Of course, the basquesness of the place is also reinforced by a contagious enthusiasm for rugby and the fast-paced games of pelota. But there’s also room for fusion and decadence in the charming city of Biarritz. Creative tapas and French pastries are steadily winning over taste buds of residents and visitors alike, while golf has established itself as a sport of prestige. Fashionable boutiques are now easily available, while casinos are slowly regaining their distinctiveness. Viewing both past and present, Biarritz is, without a doubt, a place that celebrates the cosmopolitan way of life, surprisingly blending the nostalgic elegance of yesteryear with hissing sports and trending cultures.
What to discover
In and around the city
Rocher de la Vierge
Essentially the symbol of Biarritz, this is probably the most famous spot of the glamorous sea resort, commemorating the miraculous return of a few local whalers after a terrible storm. Connected to shore by a metal bridge constructed by the famous Gustave Eiffel at the orders of Napoleon III, Rocher de la Vierge makes for an unforgettable stroll and offers superb viewpoints from its observation deck.
Historical Buildings & Museums
From classical architecture to the Belle Époque style, art deco and a 70s flair, a walk in Biarritz can take you across centuries in just hours. With so many exceptional buildings, it’s impossible to shortlist only one, or two or even three. Hotel du Palais (the former residence of Empress Eugenia, wife of Napoleon III), Casino Municipal, Musee de la Mer Aquarium, the Lighthouse, Sainte Eugénie Church and Villa Avenue de l’Impératrice are just a few of the unmissable buildings you need to admire, even if only from outside.
Les Halles de Biarritz
Sampling all the goodness and uniqueness of local flavours, Les Halles de Biarritz bring together the region’s best artisans, who offer a myriad of products and mouth-watering foods, including Spanish and Basque charcuterie ham, chorizo, local cheeses, freshly caught fish and the famous Gateau Basque. Recently renovated, the Halls are a paradise for gourmands and can be experienced at breakfast, lunch, dinner––or whenever you crave for a tasty, buzzing atmosphere.
Why hire a campervan in Hossegor when you can rent one in Biarritz and enjoy a fun road trip up north? Only 50 minutes away, Hossegor tunes its beaches to the surf vibe like no other French city. Known as the “it” place for this chilled water sport, Hossegor occupies a premiere spot on La Côte D’Argent. Find your favourite view-point on the longest sandy beach in Europe and grab a board. No matter if you’re a veteran of the sport or if you’re just beginning your fascination, the opportunities in Hossegor are plentiful and the waves are always ready to teach you something new.
Looking to hire a campervan in Pau? Why not rent a campervan in Biarritz and have the best of both worlds. Located at one hour and a half drive from Biarritz, Pau is a green mountain city at the foothills of the Pyrenees that resembles a Riviera resort. Known for its warm hospitality and rustic scenery, Pau has once been a buzzing winter resort, attracting English-speakers to its slopes. Today, the well-preserved city combines a sea-inspired atmosphere and palm-lined promenades with quaint streets and awe-inspiring mountain views. Of course, the local gastronomy makes a stunning side dish to all these amazing experiences.
This seaside resort slash gastro-paradise does justice to the Spanish Atlantic coast with a revived cultural scene and binding architectural magnetism. Rent a campervan and make for San Sebastian, an hour’s journey from Biarritz. Crossing the Spanish border, you’ll encounter golden beaches and lush scenery that can make your senses drool. Divert yourself with some daylight activities while sipping txakoli (a local white sparkling wine) and enjoying pintxos, and then take the night scene by storm, hopping on a bar tour and attending one or more of the city’s various cultural events.