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Bayonne is a city and commune and south western France at the confluence of the Nive and Adour Rivers, in the Pyrynees Atlantiques department, that actually belongs to the cultural regions of Basque and Gascogny. Bayonne was founded in the 3rd century AD and was the site of a Roman castrum. By the 13th century, the city was an important port, with a mixed Basque and Gascon population. Nowadays, tourism is well developed in Bayonne, due to its proximity to Biarritz.

Top Attractions Within Bayonne

The Cathedrale Sainte-Marie is an imposing, elegant Gothic building in Bayonne, rising over the houses, glimpsed along the narrow streets. The Cathedral was built in the 12th and 13th centuries, while the south tower was completed in the 16th century. The cathedral is noted for charming cloisters. There are other details and sculptures of note, although much was destroyed in the Revolution.

The Musee Bonnat began with a large collection owned by the local born painter Leon Bonnat. This Bayonne museum is one of the best galleries in south west France and has paintings by Degas, El Greco, Botticelli and Goya among others. The museum offers a glimpse into the cultural history of Bayonne and France.

La Feuillantine is a traditional Basque restaurant in Bayonne, where you can enjoy the local specialities. The restaurant is decorated in the 90s style, with great food, prepared with the freshest and the best ingredients. Other food specialities are sea food, as well as a fine selection of French wines.

Auberge du Petit Bayonne is a charming bistro located in the heart of Bayonne, that offers visitors a truly French eating experience. The menu is varied and it contains both Basque and Gascogne specialities, all complemented with a bottle of French wine and a plateau of special French cheese.

TTiPiA is the place in Bayonne, where you can start the evening. This charming venue in Bayonne, provides tourists with a glass of the traditional cider, as well as the famous Omelette a la Morue, Cote de Boeuf and a plate of Camembert cheese.