Every July since 1932, the city of Bayonne has hosted an annual five-day summer fiesta, which has become one of France’s most iconic festivals. Locals, dressed in white clothing and red scarves, take to the streets to celebrate Les Fêtes de Bayonne, with live music and parades to bull running and fireworks keeping them thoroughly entertained throughout the festivities – all day and night. These five hotels will put you at the heart of this amazing gathering.
OKKO Hotels Bayonne Centre, Bayonne
Just a short walk from Bayonne’s Old Town is this chic designer concept hotel. Sharing Les Fêtes de Bayonne’s values of joy and friendliness, OKKO is perfect for those looking to temporarily escape the sea of white and red that sweeps the streets. Not that you’ll mind missing out on some of the celebrations – OKKO is a cool space to hang out it, whether your downstairs at the Club or upstairs in your room. Its welcoming staff will make sure you feel at home and also be on hand to share great tips about the festival.
Hôtel des Basses Pyrénées, Bayonne
If absorbing Bayonne’s historic charm is an important part of your experience, this gorgeous hotel on the ramparts of Vauban is a good bet. Book one of two suites in the Galo-Roman-esque stone tower; enjoy regional gourmet cuisine; or relax on the large terrace. Its exceptional location – just within the traffic-free central fiesta area – makes Hôtel des Basses Pyrénées an ideal base, and one that is walking distance from all the fun. Don’t miss the Saturday rugby tournament between the seven Basque provinces just next door at the Stade Belascain.
Mercure Bayonne Centre Le Grand Hotel
Le Grand Hotel is just a short stroll from the party-central Place de la Liberté. Here you’ll find a whole load of celebrations, from the opening ceremony to evening concerts. On the Sunday, the ‘bandas’ musical parade marches from the beautiful Church of St André to the Place de la Liberté right past the hotel. The whole central section of the city around this upscale hotel is closed to traffic for the duration, so you can be guaranteed pure, uninterrupted fiesta fun.
T2 Design Near Cathedrale, Bayonne
With so much for children to see and do, a self-catering apartment can be the perfect family option. T2 Design is a smart and comfortable two bedroom apartment in the Saint Esprit district, a 15 minute walk from the historic heart of Bayonne. It offers practical amenities, including a stovetop, fridge and coffee maker, as well as free Wi-Fi, so you’ll feel right at home. In terms of kid-friendly activities and experiences at the festival, you can’t go far wrong with children’s day, which is always held on the Thursday. It features a packed itinerary, including Encierro Txiki, a bull run for the kids with papier-mâché toros on wheels.
Beaumanoir Small Luxury Boutique Hotel, Biarritz
Just 5km away from Bayonne is the beautiful coastal resort of Biarritz. If you’re fit and active, you can join the Foulée du Festayre, a foot race from the Côte des Basques in Biarritz. Taking place on the first day of the festival, walkers parade 13km through Biarritz, Anglet and Bayonne, wearing white t-shirts and red scarves. The gorgeous Beaumanoir Small Luxury Boutique Hotel is rather special, and, as an oasis of calm, a wonderful space to head back to at the end of each day.
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