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City Hall of Bayonne
Coat of arms of Bayonne
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Chief town of 3 cantons
Intercommunality Bayonne-Anglet-Biarritz
Mayor Jean-René Etchegaray
Elevation 0–52 m (0–171 ft)
(avg. 4 m or 13 ft*)
Land area1 21.68 km2 (8.37 sq mi)
Population2 47,492  (2013)
 - Density 2,191/km2 (5,670/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64102/ 64100
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 43°29′N 1°29′W / 43.49°N 1.48°W / 43.49; -1.48

Bayonne (Gascon Baiona; Basque: Baiona; Spanish: Bayona) is a city and commune in southwestern France at the confluence of the Nive and Adour rivers, in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department, of which it is a subprefecture.


Bayonne has an area of 21.68 km2 (8.37 sq mi) and its average altitude is 28 m (92 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 4 m (13 ft).

Bayonne and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Bayonne

Bayonne is surrounded by the communes Boucau, Tarnos (in the Landes department), Lahonce, Mouguerre, Saint-Pierre-d'Irube, Villefranque, Bassussarry and Anglet.


With a population of 47,492, Bayonne has a population density of 2,191 inhabitants/km2.

The inhabitants of Bayonne are known, in French, as Bayonnais (women: Bayonnaises).


Bayonne is a sous-préfecture in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department since 1800. It is also the capital of three cantons.

  1. Bayonne-1, formed with a part of Bayonne and part of Anglet.
  2. Bayonne-2, formed with a part of Bayonne and the commune Boucau.
  3. Bayonne-3, formed with the parts of Bayonne not included in the other two cantons.


Twin towns

Bayonne is twinned with:

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