Bayonne is located 10 min from Biarritz and the ocean, 30 min from Spain and 40 min from the foothills of the Pyrenees. It is a fortified town of 46,000 and is traversed by the Nive and Adour rivers which converge in front of the town hall.
Located on the northern coast of the Basque country which stretches 35 km along the Atlantic ocean, Bayonne rubs shoulders with famous resort towns like Biarritz, Anglet, St Jean de Luz and Hendaye as well as the picturesque inland-Basque villages of Aïnhoa, Sare, Espelette and St Jean Pied de Port,… and the unspoiled beauty of the nearby Côte Landais. The Basque Country also extends into neighbouring Spain where you can visit San Sebastián and its Old Quarter, Hondarribia for its first-class tapas, Bayonne’s twin town Pamplona or Bilbao and its famous Guggenheim Museum.
Bayonne is served by the Biarritz Airport located 8 km from the city center, the railway station provides a high-speed rail link to Paris in 5 hours and by the highway Bordeaux is 2 hours away. By automobile, you can also reach Pau in 1 hour, Toulouse in 3 hours, Madrid in 4 hours, and Barcelona in 5 hours. Bayonne and neighbouring Anglet and Biarritz are the perfect places to stay and visit the whole of the region.
The Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne district was formerly known as ‘the Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz agglomeration community’ or BAB. It changed its name in 2011 to become the ‘Basque-Adour agglomeration community’ (CABAB) to include the adjoining communities of Boucou and Bidart. Whilst ‘Biarritz, Anglet, Bayonne, Boucou and Bidart’ all comprise the agglomeration community, each is an individually managed municipality.
The knife/sword weapon, the bayonette, mounted on a rifle’s muzzle, and dating back to the 16th century is believed to have been invented/developed by the peasants defending the city of Bayonne against enemies at that time.
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