Capital of the French Basque Country, Bayonne is a picturesque and festive city, with a remarkable architectural heritage. Dynamic in all seasons, it marks the year with much awaited events such as the chocolate festival, the carnival, the ham fair and, of course, the famous Bayonne festivals: these July festivities represent the 5th largest popular gathering in the world! From Wednesday to Sunday the last week of July, days and nights are animated by festayres all dressed in white and red, to the rhythm of dances, songs, cow races, under the benevolent eye of King Leon.
Apart from these annual festivals, Bayonne is also a city of art and history not to be missed. Former fortress, Bayonne still has its medieval ramparts, its citadel built by Vauban, and two castles: the old castle, medieval citadel located in the heart of town, and the new castle, work of Charles VII. The city’s remarkable architecture also includes St. Mary’s Cathedral and its Gothic cloister, the Episcopal Palace, and the churches of the Holy Spirit and St. Andrew. The Basque Museum in Bayonne is also unique in its kind: on 3000 m2 of exhibition space, it traces the history and culture of the Basque people through a rich collection of objects and works of art, animations and workshops. An excursion to Bayonne can also be the occasion to visit the Bonnat-Helleu art museum, the arenas, the chocolate workshop and the Pierre Ibaialde curing workshop, or the Aubard ham museum. Side walk, enjoy the freshness of the botanical garden, a boat ride on the Adour, or simply enjoy strolling through the maze of pedestrian streets of the city !
From your Erromardie campsite to Pays Basque, 20 to 25 minutes are enough to reach downtown Bayonne. Numerous car parks on the outskirts of the city allow you to park without any problem. Free electric shuttles then drop you off in the heart of the old town.