Bayonne

Travel Guide
Bayonne

Just a few miles from the busy tourist city of Biarritz, the French Basque Country’s beautifully preserved capital offers an authentic taste of Basque culture. 

Come to Bayonne and see the traditional red-roofed houses covering the hillsides, shop for cheese and meats in busy markets and watch locals playing pelote or boules in tree-lined squares.

Bayonne’s location 3 miles (5 kilometers) inland from the beach has meant that the town retains an authentic feel. Most of the city’s old town is preserved so that most of Bayonne’s original architecture remains as it has been for hundreds of years. A walk along its streets takes you past tall, timbered houses with white walls, red roofs and splashes of green paint, the colors of the Basque flag.

Learn about the area’s history with a visit to the Musée Basque et de l’Histoire de Bayonne. This museum on the banks of the narrow River Nive features a reconstructed farm and a typical Basque home. Nearby on a hill of the old town, find the Cathédrale Sainte-Marie de Bayonne. Admire the fine Gothic façade and towering spires that have overlooked the city since the 16th century. Inside you’ll find the Chapelle Saint-Jérome and its superb stained-glass window.

Stop at one of the cafés along the banks of the Adour River to try traditional Basque food such as fresh fish dishes and stewed lamb. For dessert, head to L’Atelier du Chocolat. Watch chocolate being made, taste samples and find out why there were more chocolatiers in Bayonne in 1870 than there were in all of Switzerland.

Bayonne is a small city and can be easily navigated on foot. Try the interesting route that takes you along the old fortifications. These walls are now green and covered in small parks.

Winters in Bayonne are mild but can be wet. The rest of the year has a good amount of sunshine. Summers are not as busy here as they are in the coastal towns, and Bayonne will always be quieter in spring and autumn.

Hôtel les Genêts
Hôtel les Genêts
2 out of 5
Giratoire de Maignon, 86 Avenue du 8 Mai 1945, Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
The price is £40 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
Situated in Bayonne, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Stade Jean Dauger, BAB 2 and Bayonne Botanical Garden. Halle D'Iraty and Cathedral of Saint Mary ...
3.8/5Good! (258 reviews)
"For the price was better than expected. Nice lobby and restaurant area. The desk clark was very pleasant and helpful. Pet friendly. Good location. Basic but clean rooms. Definitely stay again"

Reviewed on 2 Mar 2021

Hôtel les Genêts
Hôtel Côte Basque
Hôtel Côte Basque
2 out of 5
2, rue Maubec, Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
The price is £56 per night from 12 Oct to 12 Oct
Situated in the shopping district, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Bayonne City Hall, Musée Basque and Daranatz Chocolatier. Cazenave Chocolatier and ...
4/5Very Good! (263 reviews)
Good value
"Great value - the hotel is right next to the train station, check-in and checkout is fast, it was perfect for my one night stay. Haven't tried the breakfast."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2020

Hôtel Côte Basque
Mercure Bayonne Centre Le Grand Hotel
Mercure Bayonne Centre Le Grand Hotel
4 out of 5
21 Rue Thiers, Bayonne, Aquitaine
The price is £86 per night from 29 Oct to 29 Oct
Located in the heart of Bayonne, this golf hotel is steps away from Cazenave Chocolatier, Daranatz Chocolatier and Chateau Vieux. Cathedral of Saint Mary of ...
3.9/5Very Good! (182 reviews)
"The parking is expensive and not where you would expect, it’s 3 blocks away. The room was very small and the bathroom door gives you no privacy. It was very expensive for what we got."

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2020

Mercure Bayonne Centre Le Grand Hotel
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Temporesidence Cathedrale - Apartment
Temporesidence Cathedrale - Apartment
4 out of 5
9 Place Montaut, Bayonne, Pyrenees-Atlantiques
The price is £57 per night from 29 Sep to 29 Sep
Located in the heart of Bayonne, this residence is within a 5-minute walk of Cathedral of Saint Mary of Bayonne, Chateau Vieux and Carreau des Halles. Bayonne ...
4.1/5Very Good! (224 reviews)
Convenient, clean, pet friendly & charming staff.
"A well located, clean, spacious room with a good bathroom and all the necessary amenities as advertised. The receptionist, Ana, is superb and attended to any request with efficiency and a smile. Right next to the shopping area and the cathedral, this aparthotel is suitable for short and long term ..."

Reviewed on 16 Dec 2020

Temporesidence Cathedrale - Apartment
Studio Estival 2.0
Studio Estival 2.0
Situated in Bayonne, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Stade Jean Dauger, Carreau des Halles and Pierre Ibaialde. Musée Basque and Cathedral ...
Studio Estival 2.0
Nid Douillet Pour 2 Personnes, Avec vue sur Adour
Nid Douillet Pour 2 Personnes, Avec vue sur Adour
Bayonne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Located in the heart of Bayonne, this historic apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Bayonne Citadel, Bayonne City Hall, and Musée Basque. Daranatz ...
Nid Douillet Pour 2 Personnes, Avec vue sur Adour
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