Currently a concert hall, this former casino was built in 1925 and designed by the architects André Granet and Roger-Henri Expert.
Listed as a Historical Monument since 1986, the golden and silver stucco ceilings and panels of the Atrium are a must see.
Fully restored at the end of the 20th century and reopened in 2005, the Atrium has been restored to its former glory.
Right in the centre of Dax, the Atrium Café welcomes you for lunch and dinner in an Art Deco and modern setting. You can also spend the evening there. It serves a wide range of cocktails to be savoured slowly and comfortably sitting on a sofa, at the bar or outside on the cool patio. As for the musical ambiance that comes from the numerous concerts that they organise covering all musical genres: Jazz, Blues, Rock, French chanson - what better way to spend an evening!
Dax madeleines need no introduction. Maison Cazelle has specialised in making these madeleines every day for more than a century. It was in 1906 that the great-grandfather of Philippe Cazelle founded this family business.
You choose your madeleines in an old fashioned English style shop right in the centre of Dax in a listed building. It only remains for you to discover the secrets of this recipe which uses no preservatives, only flour, sugar, eggs and lemon. Everything is made fresh and you buy the madeleines straight from the oven.
Bayonne throws a major party!
Dating back to 1932, when four friends from the Bayonne region decided to start the Bayonne Festival (emulating the festival in Pampalona), this festival has grown in scale, and it's now up there with the most popular events in the country, even in Europe.
The peñas (Festival associations) organise and structure the festivities, while the Bandas (traditional bands often sponsored by peñas) handle the music, one of the most important aspects of any festival in the South West. The parade of illuminated floats which makes its way down the main road is one of the highlights of the festival. Finally, one of the long-standing traditions is the daily "bull running" (although they are in fact cows in this case), which takes place on Place Paul-Bert every Friday, Saturday and Sunday throughout the festival. And finally, don't forget to wear white, with a red neckerchief, if you're attending the Fêtes de Bayonne!
Long live King Leon!
Wednesday at 10pm is the official opening of the Fêtes de Bayonne! Make your way to the Place de la Liberté for this unique and magnificent occasion. Good humour and excitement are the order of the day. The symbolic moment of the handing over of keys to the city has King Léon and his court salute the revellers from the balcony of the town hall!
And celebrations are only just beginning ... the festayres go partying all night in jubilation and music. Please note that a white outfit with a red scarf are a must!