Destination guide

There are French cities, and then there's Bayonne

France is one of those countries where every city seems to have a character all of its own, but Bayonne takes individuality to a whole other level. Being in the Basque country, and with plenty of Gascon influence thrown in for good measure, it's got a bit of something special running through its culture, its language, its culinary delights, and even its looks. With its wide riverfront, its pretty, half-timbered buildings, its diverse districts, and its famously delicious chocolate, a Bayonne vacation rental will steal your heart soon as look at you.

Things to do

Bask in Basque culture in Bayonne

If you want to know what makes a Bayonne vacation rental so unique, you'll want to hit up the Basque Museum in the Petit Bayonne neighborhood, and maybe take in some classical art at the Bonnat Museum while you're there. For sweet treats, head over to the little chocolate museum at the Atelier du Chocolat factory. Unfortunately, a lot of Bayonne's most impressive buildings aren't open to the public, but one that should definitely be on your list is the magnificent cathedral. Finished in the 1400s, it's older than some countries, and boasts some amazing stained glass windows.

Activities

All together now, "Chocolat, s'il vous plait."

When it comes to the sights, sounds, and smells of Bayonne, it's difficult to know where to start. Each of the 3 main neighborhoods has its own charm, and a Bayonne vacation rental has something for everyone. Head straight for the architectural big hitters like the castles and cathedral, or browse around the delicacies at the indoor and outdoor markets. To taste some of Bayonne's legendary chocolate, head to the old Gascon and Jewish neighborhood of Saint-Esprit. And if you fancy getting some sun with the beautiful people, super-chic beach resort, Biarritz, is just down the road.

Weather

Time to get working on that beach body

The weather out here is defined by two things, and they're not necessarily the bedfellows you'd expect. Hot sun, and heavy rain. Bayonne's swanky neighbor, Biarritz, has a killer reputation as one of France's most high-end beach resorts, and it wouldn't be up there without some scorching sunshine to bronze those bodies. But the area also gets a whole lot of rain, often in the form of thunderstorms that empty the skies out dramatically for a few minutes before the sun comes out again. Winters, as you might expect, are pretty mild, with minimal snow.

Natural features

A tale of three districts

Bayonne is hacked up into 3 districts by the Adour and Nive rivers, and though it's inland, the Atlantic coast is barely a 15-minute drive away. This bottom lefthand corner of France, just near the Spanish border, might seem pretty flat, but venture an hour or so to the southeast and you're into the Pyrenees mountains. Head north from Bayonne, and you'll quickly find yourself in one of the largest pine forests in Europe, the Landes forest. Coast, mountains, forests, plains - it's all within striking distance, though chances are you'll struggle to tear yourself away from Bayonne.

How to get there

Transportation to and around Bayonne

The nearest airport is in Biarritz (BIQ-Pays Basque), located 3.2 mi (5.2 km) from the city center. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into San Sebastian (EAS), which is 18.4 mi (29.6 km) away.

If you're traveling by train, the main station is Bayonne Station.

Can I find a vacation rental around Bayonne?

Yes, our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 4,182 vacation rentals near Bayonne. From 1,284 Houses to 285 Villas, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Bayonne for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What is the best area to stay when traveling to Bayonne?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the areas with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Bayonne:

  • Biarritz City Centre: 1,080 vacation rentals
  • Labenne-Océan: 83 vacation rentals
  • Les Estagnots: 150 vacation rentals
  • Kokotia: 133 vacation rentals
  • Iraty: 104 vacation rentals

For other neighborhoods, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

What are the popular points of interest near where I can stay when traveling to Bayonne?

HomeAway offers a large selection of vacation rentals near lovely places in Bayonne. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Bayonne (XBY-Bayonne Train Station): 6,361 vacation rentals
  • Chateau de Bayonne: 6,315 vacation rentals
  • Bayonne City Hall: 6,335 vacation rentals
  • Bayonne Station: 6,359 vacation rentals
  • Musee Basque: 6,323 vacation rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Bayonne listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available near the point of interest of your choice.

Can I rent Houses in Bayonne?

Yes, of course. HomeAway has 1,284 Houses in Bayonne. Our other popular types of vacation rentals in Bayonne include:

  • Villas: 285 rentals available
  • Condos/Apartments: 2,392 rentals available
  • Cottages: 23 rentals available

But you can also enjoy a great stay in one of our other vacation rentals including Caravans and more.

Can I find a vacation rental with pool in Bayonne?

Yes, you can select your preferred vacation rental with pool among our 1,078 vacation rentals with pool available in Bayonne. Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.