Looking for a beach and surf lovers’ paradise in France? Look no further than Biarritz, which also happens to be an up-and-coming spot for digital nomads. It’s also a surfer’s paradise. In fact, it’s considered the birthplace of surfing in Europe, and it remains one of the best surf spots in the country. Surf competitions and championships are often held here, and the laid back surfer vibes can be felt all year long.
If you’re seeking a slower pace of life near the beach where you’ll be chasing sunsets instead of chasing the train on a commute to work, Biarritz is the spot for you. If you’re a foodie, you’re in luck. Fresh seafood, croissants, and sweet pastries await. Get ready for an easygoing life in the French Basque Country where you can travel slow and work from a French paradise.
Here’s some information about being a digital nomad in Biarritz, including recommendations for where to eat, work, and play in Biarritz.
Visas for France
For US citizens, no visa is required for stays under 90 days. For Europeans, France is part of the The Schengen Area, making it extra simple for citizens from Schengen Area counties to travel to France.
Getting Around Biarritz
Luckily for Biarritz digital nomads, the city is compact and easy to navigate by foot. It is very walkable. If you need to go a little further than walking distance, there’s a reliable bus with many stops. It can get you around the city with ease, as well as take you to surrounding villages and cities. Taxis are also available.
Safety: Is the Basque Country safe?
Biarritz and the surrounding French Basque Country region are considered very safe for travellers. However, you should always keep an eye on your belongings and be aware of your surroundings. Keep your wits about you and you’ll be just fine.
Are There Coworking Spaces in Biarritz?
There are a few coworking spaces where you can meet fellow Biarritz digital nomads and remote workers. One option is Le Local Coworking, which has a coworking space and soundproof phone rooms, perfect for taking client calls without worrying about background noise! There's also a relaxation and dining area where you can socialize and network. Another option is Coworking Pays Basque, which has a location in Biarritz as well as a location in Bayonne. In the Biarritz location, there are workspaces, meeting rooms, and even a photo studio! There's a kitchenette and dining area, as well. If you're looking to stay somewhere that you can both colive and cowork, look no further than Outsite Biarritz where you can stay, work, and play with fellow digital nomads while experiencing all the comforts of home.
Cafes in Biarritz
This cafe with unlimited wifi and plentiful American style menu options is perfect to spend the day working at. Milwaukee Cafe is a popular Sunday brunch spot and will be quite busy on the weekends, but it’s more calm and better suited for remote workers on the weekdays.
Head to Dodin for coffee or tea with a view. This cafe is right on Grande Plage, AKA the beach! Watch the waves go by while you get some work done and enjoy your food and drink. Try one (or many) of their traditional French macarons to satisfy your sweet tooth.
This spacious cafe with free wifi is not only great for working, it’s also a fun place to socialize and catch some live music or guest DJs late at night. If you’re going to work, though, you’ll be able to enjoy a wide variety of drinks (caffeinated or not) and food.
For awesome coffee, fresh juices, and healthy food, head to Frozen Palm. They have loads of options if you are vegetarian or vegan. Not to mention, their latte art is amazing – you might just find the most Instagrammable drinks in Biarritz here!
Where To Eat in Biarritz
Extola Bibi is a favorite beach bar among both locals and tourists. This bar and restaurant perched on a cliff is perfect for taking in ocean views, especially at sunset, but you can enjoy any meal of the day here. For French and Spanish tapas, salads, and drinks, this is the spot to be.
Pizza in France? Yes, please! Satisfy your pizza craving with homemade, authentic Italian thin crust pizza at this beloved restaurant. They have plenty of different pizzas under both the “pizza rossa” (red pizza, tomato sauce based) and “pizza bianca” (white pizza, mozzarella based) categories. There are vegetarian and vegan options, as well.
For the freshest seafood and outdoor dining on the harbor head to La Casa Juan Pedro. Here, you can enjoy all your favorite types of seafood – mussels, calamari, grilled sardines, prawns, you name it, they’ve got it. Enjoy the fresh and simply cooked food while you take in the view.
It doesn’t get more quintessentially French than this spot. You’ll find the best cheese in town at La Grappe a Fromages, where you can sample different types of cheese and, of course, pair them with delicious wine and fresh bread. Basically, it’s a cheese lovers paradise.
Nightlife in Biarritz
Looking to dance all night? Head to Carré Coast, a night club that’s open ‘till 6 AM! Check out the club’s Facebook page for a listing of upcoming special events and guest DJs. There’s always something exciting happening at this spot.
If you’re a high roller (or want to act like one for the night) try your luck at the glamorous Casino Barrière, which has slot machines, electronic games, and table games. Even if you don’t want to gamble, you can hang out at the multiple bars and lounges throughout the casino. The casino even has a club which is open every Friday and Saturday night, where you can find live music, DJ sets, and theme nights.
More of a pub person than a club person? You’ll love La Tireuse, a gastropub with a huge selection of craft and draft beers, sports playing on big screens, and billiards. This spot is perfect for a more low key kind of night where you can throw back beers and chill.
No French trip is complete without a visit to a great wine bar, and L'Artnoa is the best spot in town. There are so many delicious wines to choose from and try, and the servers there really know their stuff. They’ll be happy to give you recommendations or tell you more about their wines if you ask.
Day Trips from Biarritz
Take advantage of being so close to the Spanish border! Head to the city of San Sebastián. It’s only a 45 minute drive down to this beautiful Spanish resort town, so rent a car and take a nice drive down to Spain’s Basque Country. Once you’re in the coastal city, there’s loads to explore. Relax on La Concha Beach, which is considered to be one of the nicest city beaches in Europe, surf at Zurriola beach, and roam around the Old Town district where you can find loads of Pintxos (Basque country’s version of tapas) bars.
Bordeaux Wineries & Vineyards
If you’re a wine lover in France, you must take advantage of all the wine that the country has to offer – and that includes heading to famous Bordeaux. This iconic wine region is just a little over a 2 hour train ride north from Biarritz. There are thousands of vineyards in the Bordeaux region, so you’ll have no shortage of options. You can take leisurely strolls and enjoy tastings at many vineyards, but if you’d like to learn more about the vineyards and how wine is produced in the region, sign up for a wine tour.
Explore Surrounding French Basque Country Cities & Villages
French Basque Country has so many beautiful spots to visit. It’s easy to get around by bus or train to these surrounding areas, so pack your bag and choose your destination! Some great options are Bayonne, the charming capital of the French Basque Country, Saint-Jean-De-Luz, a beautiful fishing port city, and Anglet, which has 11 beaches and is often called “Little California.”
To sum it up, Biarritz is an awesome spot for digital nomads, especially surfer nomads, who are looking for a laid back, beachy way of life. We hope to see you at our coliving and coworking space, Outsite Biarritz!