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Bayonne is the town of the Basque country, a former Roman oppidum with a 17th century citadel built by Vauban, the ancient town famous for its arches and chocolate makers, the gothic Sainte Marie Cathedral, the saga of the Jewish families hounded out of Spain and Portugal who found refuge here, the shops offering local gastronomy and, of course, the famous Fetes de Bayonne in early August which lasts a week and brings the whole town to life.

The beaches of Anglet (the finest on the Basque coast) adjoin the town, and Biarritz is 8 km away. In the Grand Bayonne district, Sainte Marie Cathedral (gothic) stands next to Beautiful 16th, 17th and 18th century homes, along with the fashion and decoration shops, crafts workshops.

Petit Bayonne stretches around Saint Andre Church where each Sunday at 10 am Mass is sung in Basque. The saint-Esprit district is home to the town's main Jewish community and has a synagogue. The Musee Bonnat (paintings) and the Musee Basque (ethnography) complete the tour of the town.

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