Famous throughout the world for its summer festival (les fêtes de Bayonne), Bayonne is buzzing all year round with other major events. Whether cultural, traditional, sporting or gastronomic, there is always something to celebrate.

Over the Easter weekend Les Halles and banks of the nearby River Nive play host to over 50 exhibitors who offer an insight into the production of their best hams and an opportunity to taste it - a delight for the senses! Displays of traditional music, sporting events and culinary competitions are packed into the 4-day event in the historic heart of the town.

Chocolate is the subject of another major festival. During France's Feast of Ascension bank holiday weekend, Bayonne organises its Chocolate Days in honour of this divine delicacy. For 2 days, confectioners delight visitors with chocolate-making in the streets and tasting of their mouthwatering wares.

Good cheer and fun are dominant features in Bayonne where each event becomes an opportunity for spontaneous celebration in the town's bars and restaurants giving Bayonne a far reaching reputation for hospitality.

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