In the southwest of France, where the Nive and Adour rivers meet, lays a medieval characterized city. The city has a mixture of many cultures and influences that is apparent when venturing from one district to another, inviting travelers to experience coliving like no other.
One of the most remarkable sights in Bayonne is the cathedral, with light and dark sandy browns and spires that can be seen for miles away, helping you find your way to the beautiful cathedral. It has proudly been a UNESCO World Heritage site for hundreds of years.
Although old, Grand Bayonne has the best shopping, while Petit Bayonne is classified as a working district. Petit Bayonne offers a vibrant nightlife with bars and restaurants always eager to entertain. With museums to please the eyes and cafés to satisfy the hunger, it should be a must on everyone's list.
In the last five days leading up to the first Sunday of August, you can expect to be immersed by the Fetes de Bayonne. This is a festival that has increased tremendously in the last few decades. You can expect to experience a sea of people wearing red and white enjoying the musical performances, fireworks, and an enormous amount of dancing.
Although you might not expect it, Bayonne is well known for its chocolate. The city produces rich and delicious treats enjoyed by people all over France. In May of each year, Journees du Chocolat has chocolatiers sprawled across the city streets showing locals and visitors their best and tastiest creations. The city is also well known for its ham.
With a huge rugby culture, Bayonne hosts some great rugby clubs. With some of the best teams nurtured in central and southern France, it is no surprise. Biarritz is the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a beach to relax on and some elites to rub shoulders with. With a beach, casino, and luxury hotel, it really does have everything you could possibly need.
If you are looking for a coliving spot with culture, safety, and history, Bayonne is the place to be.
Here are some fun facts about Bayonne:
- Bayonne is one of the world's top surf capitals
- Bayonne's fair has repeatedly broken the record for people dancing at the same time
- An old sport known as pelolta is often played in the region, where a basket-like racket is secured to your hand