People ask us why we spent some precious time in Bayonne on our Camino adventure. Our simple answer is because we had to, and we are so glad we did!
You see our travel to St Jean Pied de Port the beginning of our grand adventure, started with Australia to England to drop off some extra stuff we weren't taking on the Camino, yet would need for our extended stay in Europe and the UK. Then as luck would have it we could get a flight from Stanstead UK to Biarritz France (Ryan Air), and it was only a short bus ride to Bayonne (20mins) to the train to St Jean Pied de Port.
Now all this is very convenient except for one small detail, the plane and train schedules made it a requirement to spend an over night in Bayonne, which actually turned into two days and one night.
Now I will let Google Travel describe the city as this post is all about the beauty in pictures of the old Grand Bayonne district where we stayed on the banks of the rivers Live and Adour.
"Bayonne is a city in the Basque Country region of southwest France, where the Nive and Adour rivers meet. Narrow medieval streets characterize the old Grand Bayonne district. Here lie the Gothic-style Bayonne Cathedral, with its 13th-century cloister, and Château Vieux castle. Across the Nive river in the Petit Bayonne district is the Musée Basque, a museum devoted to the region’s arts, crafts and traditions." Google Travel Guide
Tip ~ Sunset Drinks at Bar au Clou on the Nive river, you won't be disappointed.
Tip ~ Get up a little early to watch the stunning sunrise over the Nive river.
Tip ~ To wander and experience the old Grand Bayonne district spend the night.
Tip ~ To wander and experience the beach as well spend two nights.
Tip ~ For staying in Bayonne book AirBnB, and if you select it early (3 months or more out) it can be quite inexpensive and very comfortable.
Tip ~ Leave 1.5 hours to visit and appreciate the Cathedral Sainte-Marie de Bayonne.
Camino De Santiago - Our Day Off in Bayonne France
Tip ~ Save yourself the online booking fee, just buy your train ticket direct from the station!
Now its just a short 30min train (or in our case bus as the train was not operating) to St Jean Pied de Port where the adventure continues.
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