France Travel Planner by Tom Brosnahan & Jane Fisher   Bayonne, France Guide
Just 15 minutes from Biarritz, Bayonne offers a quieter life style.




Bayonne (map) sits on two rivers, the Adour and the Nive, and is a major port for the Basque region.

It has a long history, including several hundred years of English rule starting in the 12th century. But today's Bayonne is definitely French, and a charming place to visit. Wander the narrow streets and visit the cathedral and its cloisters. Enjoy the views along the river banks and Petit Bayonne. There's lots to see and do here.

Known for its hamjambon de Bayonne is just one variety found locally—and its chocolate, Bayonne is a great place to eat, with many restaurants and cafés.

Bayonne also gave its name to the bayonet, which was invented here early in the 18th century.

Bayonne is about 8 kilometers (5 miles) from lively Biarritz, easily reached by bus or train; and 22 kilometers (14 miles) from the lovely seaside town of St-Jean-de-Luz.

Hotels in Bayonne

Restaurants in Bayonne

What to See & Do

Bayonne Transport

Tourist Information



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Ste-Marie Cathedral, Bayonne, France

Above, Cathédrale Ste-Marie, Bayonne.

Below, Colorful riverside buildings, Bayonne.


Bayonne buildings and architecture, France

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