Hondarribia – Fuenterrabía

A Battle City

Hondarribia is a northern town placed between Spain and France. Its historic walls have been preserved for many years, even though they underwent numerous sieges as a battle city throughout history. It is a great destination for the summer!

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Hondarribia is a locality crowded with fishermen and locals. It has a beautiful old town that you can visit in just one day. It also has a good beach and a sports port (this destination is actually great to practice active tourism). If you had more time, you could also visit Peñas de Aya natural park or Irún. There are two main quarters you cannot miss: La Marina and the old town. The former has traditionally been a quarter for fishermen, with traditional houses and flowers as decorative elements. This is where you will find delicious, local culinary offerings. The old town, declared a monumental area, was built by Carlos V. It has two main access gates: Santa María and San Nicolás.

If traveling from Irún, you will first encounter the Santa María Gate. From here make your way to Mayor Street, which contains some of the most important buildings of the city such as the Consistorial House (1735, Baroque in style). Facing this construction you will also see the Casadevante Palace (Baroque in style) the Guevara Hous (18th century), Nuestra Señora of the Asunción and the Manzano Church Parish (15th century), which has an impressive Baroque tower from the 18th century.

Mayor street is located in Armas plaza, which stands out because of the Carlos V castle. This building was used as an important military fortress during Carlos V’s reign. Other interesting buildings include the Zuloaga Palace (18th century), Mugaretenea House (16th century) and Eguiluz House (17th century) which was built upon another building where Philip the Handsome and Joanna the Mad stayed. You must also visit the Espolón Promenade before leaving the city.

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Carlos V tower

In the surroundings of Jaikibel mountain, you can find Guadalupe Chapel, built at the end of the 18th century upon a former temple from the 16th century. If you climb up the San Enrique Peak (547-meter height), you will be able to enjoy a panoramic view of Txingudi’s Bay. Higuer Cape is the western part of the Pyrinees.

Must-see...

Faro de Higuer
Dónde dormir en Hondarribia
Entrada principal de la ciudad

Practical data

Coordinates

43° 22′ 0″ N, 1° 48′ 0″ W

Distances

Donostia-San Sebastián 20 km, Bilbao 119 km, Madrid 472 km

Altitude

24 m

Inhabitants

16 795 (2013)

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