La Grande Plage
La Grande Plage (downtown Biarritz) – located between the Hôtel du Palais in the north and the Bellevue Congress Center in the south, this is Biarritz’s main beach (the largest one in that part of the city). There are a number of shopping areas, bars, and restaurants within walking distance of this beach. At one time, it was known as “Côte des Fous” (coast of the crazy) – due to the large number of mentally ill patients that swam here for therapeutic reasons. Other popular beaches in the Biarritz area include Plage de la Côte des Basques, and Plage Marbella – both of which attract surfers and bodyboarders.