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Bayonne is an adorable city located in an interesting geographical region. It is nice because it is not an overwhelmingly  big city  yet has enough to do within town and in the surrounding areas to make for a cultural but relaxing vacation.   You can enjoy leisurely strolls throughout the city.

 

Along the river you can stop  in at one of the waterfront restaurants to enjoy the local Basque cuisine or walk through the narrow streets of "Petit Bayonne" to enjoy the architecture and see the church St. André.  Crossing the river to "Grand Bayonne" there are also quaint streets and stores to see on the way to the cathedral.  A must stop is at the chocolate shop Cazeneuf for a cup of their famous hot chocolate.  The Musée Bonnat is worth a visit to enjoy the broad collection of artwork there.

 

Once you have seen the charm of Bayonne there are quite a few interesting destinations in the Basque country which can be day excursions from Bayonne.  On the coast is the resort city of Biarritz, the quaint fishing village St. Jean de Luz, and inland is the the quaint village of St. Etienne de Baigorry where you can visit a chateau and taste the local wine at the vineyards of Irouleguy.     If you are interested in getting a taste of Spain it is just short trip across the border to San Sebastian to experience "tapas" and a bit further you can visit the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao.

 

Last but not least are the festivals in Bayonne.  The friendliness of the town people comes out even more during their summer festival in August, the ham festival in the spring and the jazz and theater festivals they offer during the year.  Discover Bayonne for yourself by checking out the link on this website  which we hope will encourage you  to visit our sister city soon.

 

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