Bayonne attractions

Top Choice 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. Above the north aisle are three lovely stained-glass windows; the oldest, in the …
Top Choice 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 is a great place to start. It's crammed with artefacts, from traditional costumes, artwo…
Museum in Bayonne

Musée Bonnat-Helleu

Bayonne's venerable fine-arts museum is undergoing an extensive expansion, which will give it more spacious, modern galleries – veritably doubling its size. It is slated to reopen in mid- to late 2019.
Street 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…
Factory in Bayonne

L’Atelier du Chocolat

Visit this chocolate factory to sample and buy its chocolates (which are also available at a shop on rue Pont Neuf in central Bayonne). While here, explore its little chocolate museum and, even better, watch chocola…
Christian Site in Bayonne


Monks and pilgrims would once have perambulated around the cathedral's peaceful 13th-century cloister. The entrance is on place Louis Pasteur.
Walls 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…