France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz, France
The symbol of Biarritz, this statue enjoys a dramatic and beautiful location.




Surrounded by water and crashing waves, the statue of the Virgen enjoys a dramatic location. You can walk out to it along the beach path and across a metal footbridge. Be sure to enjoy the views in all directions, including down in the water where you'll see a lot of fish and other marine activity.

According to history, Napoléon III decided to use this rocky point as an anchor point for the port. It was originally connected via a wooden footbridge, which was later replaced with a metal bridge.

Called Le Rocher de la Vierge, the statue of the Virgin was built in 1865. Paths lead through lovely gardens and across the bridge to the Rocher. A tunnel actually goes under the Rocher to an observation area, with views of the statue and the beaches. Depending on the surf, the views can be very dramatic:

Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz, France

Just behind the Rocher de la Vierge is the impressive Musée de la Mer and Cité de l'Océan, with nearly 50 aquariums and interactive exhibits about ocean life.

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Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz

Above, Bridge to the Rocher de la Vierge, Biarritz.

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