The Districts of Bayonne

Bayonne is made up of several neighborhoods, each with its own characteristics and history. In this article, we will discuss the districts of Bayonne and their distinctive features.

Districts of Bayonne


Foch district

The Foch district of Bayonne designates the part of the Arènes district and is located around the avenue du Maréchal Foch. This area is adjacent to the city center, on the left bank of the Adour and delimited on the west side by the arenas and on the east side by the botanical garden.

This district is home to many shops, bars and restaurants that energize it.

Some important buildings and organizations:

  • The Consulate General of Spain
  • Commercial court clerk
  • The Community of the Basque Country
  • The Family Allowance Fund of the Basque Country and Seignanx.
  • A consulting firm in educational guidance, Cap Etudes.


Mousserolles area

The Mousserolles district is close to Petit Bayonne at the confluence of the two rivers that water the Bayonne city. It is a quiet area where several health establishments and the departmental archives are located.

Well served by the D810, it is possible to reach the city center in 5 minutes by bus or by car (on foot, count less than 15 minutes).

There are several bars and restaurants, but the area remains a bit isolated. On the other hand, it has a large free car park (Parking Mousserolles), which is very practical for residents who do not have a garage.

Mousserolles is not recommended for families as it has no school, but it may be suitable for couples or singles looking for a quiet area but close to the city center and well served.


Saint André district

Saint-André is very lively and is located at the confluence of the Adour and the Nive in the upper part of Petit Bayonne.

The town hall and the cathedral are only 200m away, and there are many bars, cafes and restaurants around the Place Saint-André. From a cultural point of view, it is a very interesting district.

This neighborhood is home to:

The typical profile found in the Saint André district is a tenant, young single person or low-income household looking for an affordable neighborhood close to the city center and animated by local shops.

Several green spaces are appreciated by the inhabitants (Roland Barthes esplanade, Lafayette square) as well as educational centers (Paul Bert high school and the Nive campus).

The festive atmosphere in the neighborhood is incredible in summer with the Fêtes de Bayonne which take place partly in Saint André.


Sainte-Croix district

Sainte-Croix is ​​located on the right bank of the Adour. The media library, a point of reference in this district, is 500m from the station and 800m from the town centre.

It is a peaceful area sought after especially by couples and singles renting with a large number of HLMs.

Green spaces cover more than a quarter of the area of ​​this district. One thing to take into account is the immediate proximity of the airport, which can cause some noise pollution.

In Sainte Croix, you will find:

  • Several supermarkets
  • Bus stops
  • A municipal nursery
  • Nursery schools (Charles Malégarie, Jean Cavailles)
  • A college (Albert Camus)
  • A private high school (Bernat Etxepare)
  • A beautiful media library
  • Budget hotels


Saint-Bernard district

Quartier Saint-Bernard is located on the right bank of the Adour above and to the west of the citadel. This district is known for its calm, its green spaces and its view of historic Bayonne.

With the ocean only 25 minutes by bike (and the city center in less than 10 minutes) this area offers an exceptional quality of life. Saint-Bernard is also served by bus lines 2, 4 and T1 which bring you back to the heart of the city of Bayonne.

The Saint-Bernard district is family and residential, and has schools and food shops. The accessibility of the railway station at 1500 meters, the Bayonne Nord aquatic complex, and the Landes campsite are other strong points on the practical side.


Beyris district

At the crossroads of the three Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz cities, the Beyris district is a well-located sector between Boulevard d'Artitxague to the east, the University of Science and Technology to the west and the Bab2 shopping center to the north.

The area is very residential, green, and has several schools (kindergarten, primary schools, a college and a private high school).

Less than 3 km from the historic center, the Beyris district is also easily accessible from the old Bayonne. Allow 6 to 7 minutes by car to reach the Vieille-Boucherie tower at the entrance to the pedestrian zone, and less than 10 minutes by bike. The district is connected to the historic center by bus lines 5 and 3.


Marracq district

The Marracq district is located south of the historic center of Bayonne, bordered by the course of the Nive to the east and the boulevard d'Aritxague to the west. This district benefits from a strategic location in relation to the pedestrian and commercial center, the main roads serving the Basque Country and the Landes, as well as the large shopping centers (BAB2 a few minutes away).

This area has many school groups, colleges and sports facilities.

Several parks and squares also make the Marracq district a pleasant area to live in. The city center is accessible very quickly, not only because of its proximity, but also thanks to the highly developed public transport network.

The beaches and the Chiberta golf course are less than 10 km from the Château de Marracq and can be reached in 15 minutes by car or in less than 30 minutes by bike. The green banks of the Nive contribute to the high quality of life in the district.


Saint-Esprit neighborhood

The Saint-Esprit district is located around Bayonne station on the bank of the Adour. This sector is well served by public transport and benefits from an ideal proximity to the heart of the city of Bayonne, to the main roads and to the commercial areas.

Neighborhood of the future in full metamorphosis, Saint-Esprit retains a strong identity and a small village atmosphere from its past. Cradle of Bayonne chocolate factories, the Saint-Esprit district has a long history.

The area is ideal for investors with several ongoing projects. Autonomous, the district has major sports facilities including an aquatic center, a trinquet and a tennis complex.

The Saint-Esprit district is also home to two cinemas, the contemporary art gallery of Atalante, and several renowned restaurants. Families will find several kindergartens and elementary schools there as well as a middle school.


Arena District

The Arènes district is a quiet, family-friendly area, and benefits from its proximity to the historic center. A few steps from the pedestrian shopping streets, the banks of the Adour and the Allées Marines fisheries, this district offers a good quality of life to its inhabitants.

This sector is perfect for families with the presence of many traders, as well as green spaces and school groups (a college and a high school) while being secure and quiet.

The majority of properties in this area are apartments, but there are also beautiful, exceptional villas with gardens.


Saint-Etienne district Arrousets

Quiet and residential, this area is mainly made up of houses with gardens. It is located on the north bank of the Adour and benefits from a green environment and proximity to major axes (city center, commercial areas on the south bank).

This district is especially suitable for families with children as it is a quiet place and equipped with school and leisure facilities. There is also an aquatic center in Hauts de Bayonne.

The area is well served by public transport, and the proximity of Tarnos beach is very popular with its inhabitants (accessible in 15 minutes by car).


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