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Bayonne Office de tourisme
Place des Basques64100

Tel:+33 (0)5 59 46 01 46
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Bayonne was founded by the Romans for its excellent position between the rivers Nive and Adour and its easy access to Spain.  Since Roman times it has continued to prosper - particularly in 18th century when privateers looted riches from passing cargoes. 

Today Bayonne is the cultural and economic centre of the French Basque region spreading together with Anglet and Biarritz to form a substantial conurbation.  It is a particularly good base if you want to spend time by the sea and discover the surrounding Basque region. 

Bayonne has a distinctly Basque feel to it with whitewashed houses sporting red and green shutters.  You probably hear locals speaking Euskara as opposed to French.  Customs and traditions are abound here with eateries serving local specialities such as marizan, Bayonne ham and hot chocolate which was introduced by the Jews who then fled to Spain in the latter part of the 15th century.

Grand Bayonne is the district around the cathedral and is full of lively restaurants, bars, patisseries and interesting shops.  The cathedral itself is worth a visit with its twin towers that rise steeply above the houses and impressive interior.

What to See - Bayonne Attractions

Cabaret La Luna Negra
Rue des Augustins, 64100
theatre, blues, jazz, French music, Basque tales etc
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Sep - 3 May | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 25 48 12

Theatre de Bayonne
Hotel de Ville, Place de la Liberté, 64100
take your pick from an array of shows
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 59 07 27

Gothic Cellars of Bayonne
Office de tourisme for info, 64100
take a tour of some of the 130 Gothic & Roman cellars in Bayonne
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tourist info office for times | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 46 01 46

Surf beach of Anglet
Anglet beach, 64200
ride some of the best waves in Europe

Fetes de Bayonne
64100
Basque concerts, bullfighting, dancing & fireworks
| Opening Times: 1st Wed in August

Eglise Alexandre Newsky
8 Ave de L'Imperatrice, 64200
Russian Orthodox church built by Russian aristocracy who used to visit Biarritz before the Revolution
| Opening Times: Daily

River trips
Le Bayonne, 64100
sail up the Adour and take in the surrounding countryside
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mid-Jun - Mid Sep. | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 47 77 17

Musee Historique de Biarritz
rue Broquedis, 64200
Biarritz through the ages from humble beginnings as a fishing port……….
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sat | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 24 86 28

Musee Bonnat
5 rue Jacques Lafitte, 64100
a great collection of works by Goya, Constable, Rubens, Leonardo, Rembrandt and others
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Wed-Mon. Not public holidays | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 59 08 52

Asiatica
1 rue Guy Petit, 64200
the most robust collection of Asian art in Europe
| Admission charge | Opening Times: 10.30-18.30 (Mon-Fri); 14.00-19.00 (Sat-Sun) | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 22 78 78

Musee Basque
37 quai des Corsaires, 64100
find out about the Basque people & culture
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun. Not public holidays | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 46 61 90

Musee de la Mer
Esplanade du Rocher-de-la-Vierge, 14 plateau de l'Atalaye 64200
documenting Biarritz's whaling past, this vast aquarium provides a fascinating insight into underwater life in the Bay of Biscay
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Oct:daily; Nov-Mar:Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)5 59 22 37 10