The Basque city of Bayonne sits just north of Biarritz in the Southwest of France, and about six kilometres from the Bay of Biscay. Bayonne was occupied by the Romans in the third century A.D., and was visited by the Vikings in the ninth. England occupied the city as the southern point of its lands from 1151 to 1452, and it was important during the Franco years as a place for Basques to seek refuge.
Bayonne’s festival, Fêtes de Bayonne, takes place in early August, and the city is one of the few left in France that still has bullfights. Bayonne is famous for chocolates and ham, Jambon de Bayonne. I also found out, along with a tasting, that jams and honey are produced locally, and important to the area.
On my last post, A Walk in Biarritz, France Part Two, I concluded my beautiful afternoon walk in the seaside resort city before boarding a bus to nearby Bayonne. Now, I’ll continue in the medieval city of Bayonne, where I spent a glorious evening and morning. As for the night, I have had better accommodations. However, I survived my stay at a hotel, and didn’t get accosted by ghosts, bed bugs, or anything else. If you have my book, Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, I arrived in Bayonne on page 20. If you don’t have my book, you will still be able to enjoy this post.
The Adour River has long been commercially important, and for the defence of the city and region. It rises in the central Pyrenees and flows 335 kilometres to the Bay of Biscay. This photo, taken near the Hotel Loustau in Sainte-Bayonne (not where I stayed), facing southwest. Petit-Bayonne is across the river, on the left, and Grand Bayonne is on the right. The Pont Saint-Esprit links Sainte-Bayonne to Petit-Bayonne. The cathedral, Cathédrale Sainte-Marie, is in the distance and is situated in Grand Bayonne.
Randall St. Germain, author of Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, is a middle-aged Canadian Boy who is passionate about nature, photography, hiking, music, and self-improvement. After the death of his mother, he chose to walk the famous pilgrimage, the Camino de Santiago, across the north of Spain, despite knowing little about it. He certainly didn’t plan to write a book until the latter days of his Camino. Similar to walking the Camino, writing and publishing a book was a learning experience. It was also very rewarding, and part of his ongoing journey. Please join him as he takes you along on his journey in Camino de Santiago In 20 Days, and on his blog Camino My Way.