Travel guide:

Postcards from Biarritz 

Biarritz is at the heart of Isita.
Su inspiración está por todas partes: las cestas, las tablas de madera, las mantas, los colores de muchos estampados o los trapos de cocina. Biarritz siempre será un paraíso gracias a los días de verano e invierno en familia.

Isabel Llanza lleva desde niña descubriendo los secretos del País Vasco francés gracias a la granja de faisanes que remodeló su madre, Isabel López-Quesada, donde ha disfrutado de la naturaleza, de largas sobremesas y del cine de verano.

Aquí dejamos algunas pistas para disfrutar de una ciudad llena de buenas playas para hacer surf, comida exquisita, un ambiente inmejorable y buenas compras.
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  • <tc>Market and bakeries</tc>

    The aperitif is the best time to visit Le Marché, Halles de Biarritz, a market full of local produce and located in the city centre. Fish, seafood, fruit and vegetables from the market garden, cheeses, homemade jams, sweets... The variety and quality is exceptional. The best option is to have an aperitif on the terrace in the sun and order a cheese and oyster platter. 

    Near the Marché you will find Miremont, the best tea shop since 1872, where you will find the best freshly baked pastries.
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  • <tc>Breakfast and lunch</tc>

    A perfect place to eat is the restaurant of the beautiful Hotel Villa Magnan, located in a house that belonged to Queen Fabiola of Belgium and which its owner, Anne, a set designer, has filled with antiques and unique objects she has collected throughout her professional life in film. The menu is usually closed and the atmosphere is very pleasant, surrounded by plants and nature.

    Another option, more informal, is to eat at the d'illbaritz beach in Bidart. The hake beurre citrône avec des frîtes from La Plancha-D'IIbarritzes is a star dish.
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  • <tc>More meals</tc>

    Auberge D'Achtal is a small, family-run place next to the church and the pediment of Arcangues. You can eat in the shade of the trees overlooking the church gardens. With its traditional Basque farmhouse style and furnishings it is very authentic. The speciality is duck with fried potatoes. The foie gras is not to be missed either.

    Chez Alberta is another restaurant not to be missed in Biarritz.
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  • <tc>Gaztelur</tc>

    Gaztelur is an old 15th century inn. A magical place in the middle of the countryside decorated by interior designer Marta de la Risa. It is a real pleasure to dine in its incredible conservatory and try a concept of a menu of homemade food they call ''cuisine de famille'' that makes you feel at home. As well as dining, you can spend the afternoon playing crocket, buying flowers from their own field and garden or some great souvenirs from their boutique.

    On Sundays the place is Poulet Roti, run by Michelin-starred chef Idiart Fabrice. 
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  • <tc>Dinner</tc>

    Near the market there are many bars but Comptoir du Foi Gras is a must, it's one of the most fun. Café de Commerce is another option in the same area.

    Also, in Danish style redecorated with 1950s tiles, vintage furniture and antique mirrors, Cherrie Bibi bistro is in a square by the beach. It has a natural oak and blue-grey marble bar and behind it is the kitchen where the chef prepares authentic delicacies with organic ingredients carefully picked from the bay.
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  • <tc>Chiringuitos</tc>

    Among the best and most unknown beach bars in the area is Crompote, a little house with four tables in a small fishing harbour, whose tomato salad with pine nuts is a delight.

    At Iluna Bar the views and the sunset are like a movie.
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    Brocante mornings around the city are the perfect plan if you want to find unique objects that tell a story. From vases, wonderful crockery and French wicker objects to linen tablecloths with different embroideries. You will find real gems. 

    The Champ lacombe gallery is right in the centre of Biarritz, next to the market. And for shopping, there is the Duchatel Biarritz multi-brand shop and, in the centre of town, one of France's classic department stores, Galeries l'afayette. Among the second-hand shops, BTZ shop, has the perfect selection for a surfer, clothes, shoes, skates and boards. The area, close to the beach of the old port, is perfect for getting lost among its little shops.
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  • <tc>BEACH</tc>

    D'ilbarritz beach, côte basque for surfing and long walks at low tide, plage d'erretegia where you have to walk down a dirt road full of vegetation at high tide and Hossegor with endless beaches to spend the whole day.
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