Why is Bayonne so good to live in?

Bayonne climbs to second place in the top 500 cities where life is good. "The capital" of the French Basque Country was overtaken by a short head by Annecy, the capital of Haute-Savoie. But it can boast of having outstripped no less than 34 other municipalities.

In this article, we will develop the main reasons why Bayonne offers such a high quality of life.

A charming town center with lots of history

Bayonne owes its important architectural heritage to its rich history. Its military and commercial development is well anchored over the centuries and is visible on the buildings and beautiful bourgeois houses that make it famous.

Bayonne has a strong heritage and cultural policy, and the whole city is wonderfully preserved. Bayonne takes you on a journey through the ages from the Gothic cathedral – a World Heritage Site since 1998 as part of the French pilgrimage routes to Santiago de Compostela, to the restoration project of the old town, the ramparts , the cloister and the Château-Vieux.

Its charm is characterized by medieval-style pedestrian streets, shops bringing together many local skills, a varied gastronomy and welcoming shopkeepers.


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The festivities

Whatever the time of year, Bayonne is always a bustling place with festivities seemingly underway. Bayonne's fetes are obviously the most renowned and notable, but there are also concerts and other shows to enjoy, an annual Christmas market, art festivals, flea markets, workshops, and other events . There is always something to do and plenty of kid-friendly activities.


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The location

With easy access to major cities such as Paris and Bordeaux by train, a few minutes drive from Spain and only a few minutes from the pristine beaches of the Landes known for the quality of their waves, Bayonne is ideally located.

The Basque hinterland is also close at hand, as well as its superb hikes and magnificent villages.


Public transport in Bayonne is extremely well managed, and while it's nice to have a car if you live in the Basque Country, you really don't have to rely on it if you live in Bayonne. You can find a bus from Bayonne that takes you just about anywhere – in Bayonne itself, the Landes, the beaches of Anglet, Biarritz…

The Healthcare

Hospitals, healthcare professionals and other reputable medical facilities in Bayonne and surrounding areas take care of its residents of all ages.

The region itself is also conducive to good health! The sea air, the sense of community inherent in Bayonne and the good manners contribute to a healthier population.

Sports and leisure

History Bayonne has always been intimately linked to sport. Bayonne is the capital of sport king of the Pays Basque : Basque Pelota.

Many other sports have been practiced there, such as rugby for more than 100 years, but also rowing thanks to its two fabulous natural bodies of water, the Nive and the Adour.

Many rowers still feed the national teams.


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