a must-see city of art and history with its Gothic cathedral, ramparts, cloister, Musée Basque and the Château-Vieux.
Recommended visits: the city’s different quarters, the pedestrianised city centre, the covered market, the Atelier du Jambon de Bayonne (ham producer) or the Atelier du Chocolat (chocolate maker). A city with a penchant for sports (rowing, rugby, pelota, golf) and partying (with its summer festivals in July), Bayonne also exudes a sense of calm created by the two rivers which flow through it..
St Jean Pied de Port
No trip to the Basque Country would be complete without a visit to this medieval town with its blend of traditions (espadrille production) and ‘art de vivre’. Things to see: the historic core of the citadel, which was rebuilt by Vauban, the Porte St Jacques, the architecture of the Basque-style tradesmen’s and artisans’ houses and the Prison des Evêques.
The town is also a good base for a number of outings or activities: the Aldudes valley with its high-quality local produce, the Irouléguy vineyards, whitewater sports (canyoning, rafting) on the River Nive or Iraty, where you can visit the largest beech forest in Europe.