Bayonne : a city of passion

Basque Spirit, Gastronomy and Traditions

Bayonne is often bustling with small shops, the market and tapas bars along the waterfront. The city vibrates to the beat of its passions (rugby and bullfighting tradition).


It contains a lot of treasures to discover or to taste but most importantly Bayonne is a the capitale of fine chocolate and the well-known Bayonne ham.


In the pedestrian streets you'll find plenty of bars and restaurants where Basque gastronomy is featured with fresh regional ingredients.


Walking around Bayonne, you will be charmed by the Basque typical architecture of half-timbered facades and narrow streets.


The famous ''Fêtes de Bayonne'' last for 5 days in the summer and are well-known worldwide. They attract each year more than one million people dressed in red and white.


In the same spirit if visiting during Christmas season, discover the Christmas festivities : Basque traditions and Christmas market with stunning decorations that will delight you !!!

  •  The Botanical Garden, nested in the ramparts overlooking the city, was designed in a oriental style combining a Japonese bridge over the water garden withe a stunning waterfall. It is superbly organized by association of colours and scents.

  • The Bayonne Arena is the oldest bull-ring in the Southwest of France with over than 10,000 seats.They hold each year bullfighting and entertainment shows.
  • The Sainte Marie Cathedral stands in the city with a Gothic style.
  • Master Chocolatier CAZENAVE - 19, rue Port Neuf
    The best foamy chocolate milk in Bayonne.
  • Chocolatier PARIES - 14, rue Port Neuf
    Fine chocolates, mouchous, kanougas, macaroons ...
  • La Pièce de Boeuf - 14 rue d'Espagne - Tél :
    On the menu, a piece of premium beef at will served with various sauces, French fries and vegetables au gratin. And, of course, a delicious homemade dessert. 
  • A Table - 27, quai Amiral Dubourdieu - Tél :
    Small room but excellent food and great atmosphere
  • Péniche restaurant TALIA - docked along the Adour river opposite the town hall - : a gourmet stopover with an attractive view on the river. 
  • Restaurant Au coeur des Hommes - 64, quai des Corsaires - Tél : 05.59 59.51.17 : Cross the bridge and discover this delicious brasserie restaurant along the river.