Bayonne: Capital of the French Basque Country in the South of France. The Nive and Adour Rivers divide Bayonne into three distinct neighborhood. Grand Bayonne Bayonne's Top Things to Do & See The Nive and Adour Rivers divide Bayonne into three distinct neighborhoods. We have hand-selected the best things to do and see based on each area, including the Basque Museum and the Cathedral of Bayonne – if it deals with Bayonne tourism, we’ve got you covered. 1 Grand Bayonne Grand Bayonne is the more commercial part of town but also the ancient heart. There, you will find the Sainte Marie Cathedral, which dominates the city’s skyline. The construction of this gothic cathedral started in 1213 and wasn ’t finished until the 17 th century (with exception of the north tower, finished in the 19th century). Alongside the cathedral is the cloister, which dates back to 1240 and features a flamboyant gothic style. The cloister is one of the largest in all of France. 2 Petit Bayonne Apart from wandering through the streets of this beautiful neighborhood and enjoying its architecture, in Petit Bayonne, you can visit the Basque Museum (Musée basque et de l’histoire de Bayonne). Founded in 1922, it contains a nice collection of Basque and local French history. It is located in a small palace from the 16 th century called “maison Dagourette.” 3. L’Atelier du Chocolat OK, so you might not have chocolate in mind when you picture Bayonne, but maybe it’s worth fixing that, as the first French cocoa ateliers were based here in the Basque Country. You’ll get much more background about this at the Andrieu brand workshop and be talked through every part of production, from mixing to moulding, decorating and packaging. 2. Saint-Malo: A historic walled city in the Brittany region of northwestern France. Walking through the beautifully preserved cobbled streets of St Malo’s old town feels truly beautiful. The walled city called "The Corsair City" in Intramuros. The tower Solidor (caphorniers Museum) in Saint-Servan. The city of Aleth, former German stronghold during World War II memorial with his 39-45. The park Briantais and its botanical garden. The Lower Sablons beach in Saint-Servan with its dam, which allows for walks with a view of the marina. The Grand Aquarium with the Ring of Sharks. 3.) Verdon Gorge: A sight to behold! This natural landscape has been shaped by thousands of years and has still somehow managed to stay of any mainstream tourism radars. Those who love history will love to walk the route of Napoleon, pass through the beautiful city of Grasse (the iconic city of perfumes) and finally reach the gorges of the Verdon River. The view is of the most incredible, the green waters, the majestic mountains ... It is worth a stop at Point Sublime, where you have the best view of the gorges, follow to the lake of Sainte Croix (a dam) and also to the town of Moustiers-Sainte-Marie, one of the most beautiful villages in France. By car is a trip that can be made in a whole day, from Nice. 4.) Grenoble: Snuggled between the snow capped mountains, Grenoble is a city unlike many others. It’s steep in history and a perfect place to explore! 1. Musée de Grenoble There’s no question that this swish modern building is where you need to begin your trip to Grenoble. It is one of France’s premier art museums, with 57 rooms and a collection that totals 1,500 pieces. It’s no exaggeration that you can get a good summary of the history of European culture, from the 1200s to the present day right here in these galleries. 2. Cable Car Directly on the left bank of the Isère River is the station for the cable car that will carry you 263 metres up to the Bastille, the name of both the fortress and rocky hill that dominate the city from the north. The cable car has been running since 1935, and went through a style update in the 70s when its current space age bubbles were introduced. Each bubble can fit six people, and if you’re not a big fan of enclosed spaces don’t worry, because they whisk you up the hill in a maximum of four minutes. 3. Bastille The cable-car is one way up, but many people choose the path and stairway that begins at the cliff-side in Jardin des Dauphins. As you climb you can nose around abandoned walls and stairways belonging to the old fort. Once you make it to the top you’ll be in a system of soaring walls built in the 19th century by General Haxo on the site of two earlier fortresses dating back to the 1500s. 5.) Nimes: When I visited Nimes, I loved how well preserved the historic centre of the town is. Make sure to check out the Roman Arena while your there… its one of the largest left in the world Blessed by the warm southern sun and an ancient cultural heritage, Nîmes seems undaunted by the passage of time. Roman monuments are scattered throughout the city, and some are the best preserved in France. 1. Arènes: The Ancient Roman Amphitheater The Amphitheater is now used as a venue for cultural events and festivals. In April, the Ar è nes becomes the scene of Les Grands Jeux Romains, 2,000-year-old circus games reenacted with historical accuracy and authentically styled Roman costumes. 2. Maison Carrée This marvelous building is one of the rare, fully preserved classical Roman temples remaining in the world, along with the Pantheon in Rome. Built between 20 and 12 BC during the reign of Emperor Augustus, the Maison Carrée was an important temple in the Forum (the economic and administrative heart of the Roman town). 3. Jardins de la Fontaine This tranquil green space, located on the site of an ancient spring near the Maison Carrée, is a wonderful place for leisurely strolls. Decorated with monumental vases and Baroque-style statues, the Jardins de la Fontaine (Gardens of the Source) were part of a project to embellish Nîmes in the 18th century.