Cathedral in Bayonne

Cathédrale Ste-Marie

The twin towers of Bayonne's Gothic cathedral soar above the city. Construction began in the 13th century, and was completed in 1451; the mismatched materials in some ways resemble Lego blocks. Above the north aisle…
Museum in Bayonne

Musée Basque et de l'Histoire de Bayonne

If you're still getting to grips with the complex culture and history of the Basque region, this excellent ethnographic museum makes a great place to start. It's crammed with artefacts, from traditional costumes, ar…
Factory in Bayonne

L’Atelier du Chocolat

Along with the chance to buy its chocolates, the other reason to visit here is the chance to wander around its little chocolate museum and, even better, watch chocolate being made. It's like a Gallic version of Char…
City Wall in Bayonne


Once the defensive barrier that kept the city safe from attack, Bayonne's 17th-century fortifications are now covered in grass and enveloped in pretty parks. You can walk the stretches of the ramparts that rise abov…
Christian in Bayonne


Monks and pilgrims would once have perambulated around the cathedral's peaceful 13th-century cloister; nowadays, visitors of a different kind have taken their place. The entrance is on place Louis Pasteur.
Historic Site in Bayonne

Rue des Faures

This pretty street was once home to the city's bayonet-making blacksmiths, but it's now reinvented itself as the artisan quarter. It's a lovely place to browse, with galleries, bookshops, a vintage sewing machine re…