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Bayonne is the capital of the French Basque region in the southwest of the country. Famous for cured ham, chocolates and some impressive fortifications, Bayonne is popular among visitors to France. Anyone with an interest in the Basque region or history can enjoy an afternoon at the Basque Museum which has excellent reviews. Holidaymakers can find a wide range of Bayonne hotels on the Hotels.com website, some with special savings or offers, and there are local maps available, making it easy to find the local landmarks. There is a simple online booking system and reviews from real hotel guests, making it easy to book a Bayonne hotel with confidence.
What's Bayonne Like?
Bayonne is split into three parts, essentially, by the Adour and Nive rivers. The oldest part of the city is Grand Bayonne, which sits on the western bank of the Nive and is widely thought of as being the most attractive part of the city. Here, there are many riverside restaurants to sit and while away the hours with seafood and crisp white wine. For afters, a visit to L'Atelier du Chocolat to have a taste, see chocolate being made and learn of the history of chocolate in Bayonne. At one time, it was thought that there were more chocolatiers in Bayonne than in the whole of Switzerland. This ancient city has much to offer for history fans, also, with the 13th century Cathedrale Ste-Marie, which stands proud on the city's skyline, 17th century ramparts, most of which are grown over with vegetation, and 13th century cloister in the gothic style.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Bayonne
Bayonne hosts more summer festivals than any other city in France, which is worth considering when booking your Bayonne hotel, as during the peak season, things can get busy. Visitors coming to Bayonne for the Fetes de Bayonne can search the wide range of hotels on the Hotels.com website to coincide with the dates of the festival, which starts the Wednesday before the first Sunday in August. At the festival, locals wear red and white, so it's worth packing some red and white clothes to really blend in. A visit to the Les Halles covered market is well worthwhile to mingle with the locals buying meat, fish, breads, pastries and the local Basque cake. The Basque region has its own variation of the alphabet, similar to that of Latin Spanish, so anyone with an interest in signage and language will enjoy seeking out the beautiful hand-lettered signs around the area.