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Bayonne, between party and tradition

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Who among us has not heard of Bayonne at least once? Renowned for its red and white festivals that take place every summer, Bayonne is one of those well known Basque cities, capital of one of the seven Basque provinces, the Labourd. A few kilometers from popular places like Biarritz, Guéthary or Saint-Jean-de-Luz, cradled with history, culture and foreign influences Bayonne unique in its kind will charm you with its authenticity.

Where is Bayonne located in France?

Bayonne is a sub-prefecture of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, in the south-west of France. At the junction of the Adour and Nive rivers, close to the Atlantic coast, the city borders the Landes in the north and about thirty kilometers from Spain in the south. Its immediate neighbors are Saint-Pierre-d'Irube, Anglet and Arcangues.

What are the people of Bayonne called?

They are simply called Bayonnais and Bayonnaises (Baiones in Basque) and they are today more than 50,000. Main city of the French Basque Country, the city forms with San Sebastian a Basque Eurocity. At the same time, it is a tourist and commercial capital of the Adour basin.

Why to spend your holidays in Bayonne ? 

Known all over the world for its parties, Bayonne lives part of the year at the rhythm of this very famous event. A must-see moment in the Basque Country, where party-goers dress in red and white to enjoy for a week. A festival that attracts many visitors, an inescapable charm of this city also festive the rest of the year. Cultural, traditional or gastronomic events the city of Bayonne does not sleep and regularly offers entertainment of all kinds. What delight residents, visitors or neighboring municipalities. Bayonne is known for its festive spirit, life both outdoors and in the bars and restaurants of the city

Cradled by history and art Bayonne has a heritage and a very strong culture, from buildings to events it is what history has made of it. Years of history have given him riches in terms of rhythm of life as well as landscape and architecture. A Gothic cathedral, ramparts, the cloister, the Basque museum or the old castle make this city a real place of discovery.

Although impregnated and influenced by this historical legacy the city of Bayonne has not forgotten to revitalize and modernize. City party and seasoned, but also student and sports, its diversity can only encourage to put his luggage in this sublime setting a few kilometers from the sea Bayonne also attracts athletes, especially for the Basque pelota, but also rugby and practicable rowing in the two bodies of water of the city, the Nive and the Adour.

Rest assured, if you are not fond of parties, sports, or gastronomy, you will find something to do in Bayonne. A little shopping in the shopping streets at Bayonne architecture atypical that do not leave indifferent, relaxing terrace, exhibitions, walks is not the activities that are lacking in Bayonne.

What to visit in Bayonne?

Labeled City of Art and History, Bayonne has a solid historical and gastronomic heritage.

The canvases of the chapel and its superb stained glass windows make the Gothic Sainte-Marie cathedral built between the 13th and 15th centuries an unmissable place to visit. In the cloister also rest some remarkable burials.

Near the river, the Maison Dagourette (16th century), an old fisherman's dwelling listed as a Historic Monument, houses the Basque museum inaugurated in 1924. It traces daily life in the north of the Basque Country for ages.

The tourist office organizes thematic and fun tours to discover some secrets of the city where one can also go to the Museums of Fine Arts and Natural History.

Maison Aubard hosts the Musée du Jambon where the famous Bayonne ham and other Bayonne specialties are presented, while visiting the salting room, the dryer and the maturing cellar.

The Ibaialde salting workshop welcomes you for short guided tours around the trade and a tasting of emblematic products. The Chocolate Workshop will introduce you to the history of cocoa and Bayonne chocolate makers.

What to do in Bayonne?

There are many ways to explore Bayonne. The guided tours of the Tourist Office are today very well complemented by a digital application: the DT Explore Track Game. With friends or family, but always in teams of 4 to 6 people, your mission is to find the solution to the puzzles on time. A not so easy exploration that requires a sense of observation and speed.

For fun and informative strolls around the city, you can also take the Thai tuk tuk piloted by driver-guides. Bayonne can also be visited on a Segway, on a cruise ship on the Adour.

On the nature side, your best guides will be your legs! For a walk in the botanical garden in the ramparts between waterfalls, bridges and walkways.

At the gates of the city center, the Plain of Ansot is a natural area of 100 hectares classified Natura 2000. A thematic path will introduce you to the ecosystems of the Basque Country.

To discover some works by artists in the surrounding area or the maritime past of the region, try the excursions by Argibili minibus. Finally, in the nearby coastal towns you can indulge in surfing, canoeing, rafting, paragliding, golf or Basque pelota.

What events take place in Bayonne?

Throughout the year, Bayonne organizes exhibitions, concerts, shows and supports street art.

The flagship event, however, remains the Bayonne Festival in July.

If the first day of celebration took place in 1932, it was not until 1947 that the mayor entrusted the inhabitants with the 3 keys to the city, launched from the municipal balcony by celebrities. Since then, the biggest names in the show have opened the festivities and new events have been added to the traditions.

The festival dresses the whole city and its inhabitants in red and white during these 5 days and pelota, cow races, luminous corso, bayonnais giants and parade of floats are always there.

Where to walk in Bayonne?

Vélodyssée from Bayonne to Biarritz

The Vélodyssée links the Basque Country with numerous cycle routes. The Bayonne to Biarritz stage is particularly interesting for the diversity of the heritage encountered. Along the track, we pass the beaches, remarkable buildings and emblematic places to reach the heart of Biarritz

Discovering street art frescoes

The Points of View festival invites street-art artists to dress the Bayonne walls with original compositions. In 3 years, an open-air gallery has been sketched out which is constantly evolving.

An interactive map allowing to locate all the frescoes produced.

Nothing is easier now than using this app to map your own Street-Art hiking route on foot or by bike.

Where to eat in Bayonne? 

In a friendly atmosphere, Sébastien Gravé, chef of the restaurant La Table, returned to his Basque stronghold after a deserved Parisian success. Its bistro cuisine magnifies the best regional products. For some connoisseurs, the best restaurant in Bayonne! 

Warm as its Basque name suggests, the Goxoki offers traditional French cuisine, preferably using seasonal and local products. Classic and excellent. 

The Basque tradition respected in the decoration and beautifully revisited on the plate, it is at the Auberge du Cheval Blanc in the old 18th century coaching inn run by the family for 50 years. 

Where to sleep in Bayonne? 

Between its old stones, a charming (and functional) old-fashioned elevator and the modern comfort of its spacious rooms, the Mercure Bayonne Center Grand Hôtel 4 * tells us beautifully the history of Bayonne. 

Swimming pool, waterfront terrace, hammam, rooms with high-end bedding and views of the Nive ... the Bayonne 4 * is a welcome haven of peace near the historic center of the city. 

The impeccable service, the elegant rooms, the wellness area and remarkable attentions such as a library, a business corner and a lounge with a view of the Adour make the Okko Hôtel Bayonne 4 * a place you love. stay. 

If you are considering other vacation rentals in Bayonne for your stay or you are charmed by the city and want to invest in real estate in Bayonne, Barnes Côte Basque will be able to support you by offering you the best of luxury real estate from sector.

What are the real estate market trends in Bayonne ?

With undeniable assets, a magnificent architectural heritage, old and atypical buildings, the reasons to live in Bayonne are not lacking. Due to its industries (aeronautics, and agribusiness in particular) Bayonne mainly attracts a clientele of primary residence, but also attracts a secondary residence clientele preferring authenticity and simplicity to the charms of fashionable seaside towns. High quality real estate is there as well! The city is full of interesting real estate offers; apartment in the center to enjoy the dynamism of the city, real estate in the outskirts to enjoy the quiet and more spacious buildings opportunities are varied. To live in Bayonne is to be able to find the rare pearl, the real estate dreamed and the diversity of the offers will allow you to find the good corresponding to your frame and rhythm of life.

A property in the land or in Bayonne, a little further from the sea will have a cheaper cost than a property on the seafront, indeed the cost of some real estate is very attractive, including the living environment that offers this city and the proximity with the sea very often determining criterion. Just like Biarritz, Guethary, Bayonne is ideal to enjoy a second home, benefiting from lower rates than in the latter cities very popular. The costs vary from 2910 € per square meter for an apartment and 2741 € for a house.

The outskirts of Bayonne can bring you peace and tranquility, more spacious property with garden including while the center of Bayonne offers a dynamic living environment in the heart of a sublime heritage, both in terms of architecture and architecture. lifestyle. The center is ideal to find a charming apartment, undeniable cachet overlooking the Nive for example or typical facade. It is the ideal place to live at a dynamic pace and enjoy the proximity to the many activities; in other words the happiness of the whole on foot is offered to you by investing in the center of Bayonne.

Thus Bayonne is an excellent compromise to live in town between sea and mountain. Indeed, less bourgeois, Bayonne is a very interesting alternative to invest in real estate in the Basque Country. A few minutes from Spain, the sea and cities in vogue it is not the benefits that are lacking, what to think about when buying a future property on the Basque coast.