Port Vieux

Biarritz, France

English below
Petite plage au fond d'une anse rocheuse, la plage du Port Vieux est au centre de Biarritz, entre le Port et la Côte des Basques. Le plan d'eau y est calme, et la baignade y est agréable. La plage est non-fumeur, et la baignade y est surveillée en été. Par contre, la plage est inaccessible pour les handicapés puisqu'il faut emprunter un escalier. De nombreux bars à proximité offrent une vue imprenable sur la plage et le coucher de soleil. Par contre, il est souvent difficile de trouver un stationnement dans le coin. L'été, une navette gratuite est disponible pour s'y rendre. Des douches et des toilettes sont disponibles sur la plage.
Le système de traitement des eaux usées passant très proche de la plage, en cas de fortes pluies, la qualité de l'eau peut être dégradée.

Located in a small rocky bay, the beach is downtown Biarritz. The water surface is often flat, so swimming is easy but there is no surf there. It's a non-smoking supervised beach, with shower and toilets. You need to take stairs to get there. Surrounded by bars and restaurant, the area is always crowded and it might be difficult to park.
In cas of heavy rains, the Waste Water Treatment might be an explanation for a bad water quality.

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 1st, 2018. Surfrider Foundation Europe updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
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MONITORING FREQUENCY

Port Vieux is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

As part of the Watermen Testers program, Surfrider Foundation Europe volunteers monitor recreational marine and freshwater quality at several sites in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The sampling season goes throughout the year, on an irregular basis depending on availability of volunteers. That is why the monitoring frequency selected is "Other" for all the beaches in the region.

Priority is given to places where Watermen Testers suspect a pollution. Before (from 2014 to 2017), samples were collected bi-monthly. According to the European Directive 2006/7/CE, water quality is based on 2 bacteriological parameters: E. coli and enterococcus. Threshold between average and poor water quality :
Freshwater :
Enterococcus  660 CFU/100mL
E. coli : 1800 CFU/100mL
Marine water:
Enteroccocus : 370 CFU/100mL
E. coli: 1000 CFU/100mL

A beach is marked green if the two results (Enterococcus and E. coli) are under European thresholds.
A beach is marked red if one of the two or the two results is/are above the European threshold.
A beach is marked grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Special status beaches:
Due to the high frequentation of beaches during the summer and the occurrence of storms, leading to wastewater treatment plant overflows, some beaches are exposed to short term pollutions.

Uhabia – Bidart: In case of heavy rains, a valve holds untreated water at Uhabia’s estuary, and releases it 500 meters away from the coast during the night.
Grande plage – Biarritz: Sewer overflows release untreated water directly on the beach.
La barre – Anglet: This beach in mainly polluted because of Adour’s estuary which is just above, especially during floods.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH

Port Vieux

Biarritz, France

WATER QUALITY
  • No data available
  • Historical Status
  • This status is based on the latest sample, taken on October 1st, 2018. Surfrider Foundation Europe updates the status of this beach as soon as test results become available. These results were posted to Swim Guide on at
For water quality icon legend, click:   

English below
Petite plage au fond d'une anse rocheuse, la plage du Port Vieux est au centre de Biarritz, entre le Port et la Côte des Basques. Le plan d'eau y est calme, et la baignade y est agréable. La plage est non-fumeur, et la baignade y est surveillée en été. Par contre, la plage est inaccessible pour les handicapés puisqu'il faut emprunter un escalier. De nombreux bars à proximité offrent une vue imprenable sur la plage et le coucher de soleil. Par contre, il est souvent difficile de trouver un stationnement dans le coin. L'été, une navette gratuite est disponible pour s'y rendre. Des douches et des toilettes sont disponibles sur la plage.
Le système de traitement des eaux usées passant très proche de la plage, en cas de fortes pluies, la qualité de l'eau peut être dégradée.

Located in a small rocky bay, the beach is downtown Biarritz. The water surface is often flat, so swimming is easy but there is no surf there. It's a non-smoking supervised beach, with shower and toilets. You need to take stairs to get there. Surrounded by bars and restaurant, the area is always crowded and it might be difficult to park.
In cas of heavy rains, the Waste Water Treatment might be an explanation for a bad water quality.

MONITORING FREQUENCY

Port Vieux is sampled from January 1st to December 31st

SOURCE INFORMATION

As part of the Watermen Testers program, Surfrider Foundation Europe volunteers monitor recreational marine and freshwater quality at several sites in the region Nouvelle-Aquitaine. The sampling season goes throughout the year, on an irregular basis depending on availability of volunteers. That is why the monitoring frequency selected is "Other" for all the beaches in the region.

Priority is given to places where Watermen Testers suspect a pollution. Before (from 2014 to 2017), samples were collected bi-monthly. According to the European Directive 2006/7/CE, water quality is based on 2 bacteriological parameters: E. coli and enterococcus. Threshold between average and poor water quality :
Freshwater :
Enterococcus  660 CFU/100mL
E. coli : 1800 CFU/100mL
Marine water:
Enteroccocus : 370 CFU/100mL
E. coli: 1000 CFU/100mL

A beach is marked green if the two results (Enterococcus and E. coli) are under European thresholds.
A beach is marked red if one of the two or the two results is/are above the European threshold.
A beach is marked grey when there are no current results or there is no available information.

Special status beaches:
Due to the high frequentation of beaches during the summer and the occurrence of storms, leading to wastewater treatment plant overflows, some beaches are exposed to short term pollutions.

Uhabia – Bidart: In case of heavy rains, a valve holds untreated water at Uhabia’s estuary, and releases it 500 meters away from the coast during the night.
Grande plage – Biarritz: Sewer overflows release untreated water directly on the beach.
La barre – Anglet: This beach in mainly polluted because of Adour’s estuary which is just above, especially during floods.

WATER QUALITY GRAPH



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