La citadelle de Bayonne © La Vélodyssée - J. Damase

The Citadel of Bayonne

History lovers will be charmed by this fortified town, dating back more than 15 centuries.


With its battlements protecting the ancient centre, and its cathedral classified by UNESCO as a world heritage site, Bayonne is the cultural capital of the Basque Country. Walk down the alleyways of the old part of town and you can sense its historical heartbeat: the ancient canals, cellars, cloisters, the Old Castle, its traditional houses… everything oozes authenticity.  Discover more about the local way of life at the Basque Museum.


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