It’s the Town Hall which says so: Bayonne wouldn’t be Bayonne with its famous Fêtes. Since 1932, for four days and five nights, the town welcomes people of all ages from around the world, dressed up appropriately in the event’s attire: white trousers and shirt, red scarf and “cinta” (belt). The crowd, dressed like this, is an impressive spectacle itself!
From bull running to mutxikos (Basque dancing) and public dances, from the corso (grand parade with floats), to bullfighting and to mascleta (pyrotechnics), from children’s day to fast-paced evenings where everyone parties in the streets, the bodegas and other peñas (places with live music), the Fêtes de Bayonne are a summertime must in France, which profoundly illustrate Basque cultural identity.
Discover the history, the vocabulary, all the ins and outs and great ideas on the Fêtes de Bayonne website to ensure you’re ready to go, choose your programme and not to miss out on key moments, from when the keys of the town are handed over, when King Léon appears through to the official closing!