9. Bayonne

Bayonne is a city in the Basque Country region of southwest France where the Nive and Adour rivers meet. Explore the narrow medieval streets of the old Grand Bayonne district and be dwarfed by 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. Bayonne is considered a cultural capital, a city with strong Basque and Gascon influences and a rich historical past. Its heritage lies in its architecture, the diversity of collections in museums, its gastronomic specialties, and traditional events such as the famous Fêtes de Bayonne.