The old fishing village of Hondarribia is an essential place to visit if you are touring around the area. It is an extraordinary blend of a border town, with its old castle, currently a Parador, and a fishing village with brightly colored houses and balconies filled with flowers. High above the village, next to the castle, is the splendid church of Santa Maria Assunta. Cottages Guipúzcoa http://www.Toprural.Com/euskadi-pais-vasco/casas-rurales-guipuzcoa_bd-es-20.htm
Mount Jaizkibel offers spectacular views of the bay of Txingudi (mouth of the Bidasoa River).
It is worth taking the road from Hondarribia to go up the Jaizkibel while making some stops to take pictures or admire the beautiful landscape.
Afterwards, if you go by car, you can go all the way to San Sebastián, Pasajes, Lezo or Oiartzun. You can also go by bicycle.
I recommend making a stop in the sanctuary of Nuestra Sra de Guadalupe and the Tower of Santa Bárbara.
It's one of those places that you can not miss if you go to Hondarribia. We did the tour first thing in the morning and it was worth the early start.
In addition to the shrine of the Virgin of Guadalupe, the patron saint of the city, you can see beautiful views from the balcony. You can see amazing views of Hondarribia, the Ria de bidasoa and front Hendaye (already belongs the French Basque Country).
The visit was definitely worth it.
It is popularly known as "The Parish," and is located on the main street of the old town, calle Mayor.
It is visible from Hendaye and from Irun. It was built on the fragments of the ancient walls.
Thw marriage between Infanta Maria Teresa of Austria, daughter of Philip IV, and the King of France, Louis XIV, took place there.
My experience at Higuer Lighthouse was really good. The lighthouse is not bad, but what are lovely are the cliffs that you can see, on the ocean and watch the sunset from there. Further down from the lighthouse to the beach you can go on a trail along the coast and with lovely views of the Bay of Txingudi. I went down the path with my kids aged 9 and 6 years, so its not hard to get to, but you always have to be careful. I went to early August, 2 days, the sun set over the oean at 9.15 pm. If you are going to Hondarribia, Higer Lighthouse is about 10 minutes drive. Worthwhile. Here are some photos.
Hondarribia is a magical city that leaves no-one indifferent to its charms. It is also one of the few towns that has two old towns, the old town itself and the marina district. The marina district is perhaps the most spectacular part of the town. It is like a fishing village and is located between the town center and the sea. It is a beautiful area consisting of streets of typical fishermens' houses. These small houses are painted in different colors, especially blue, green and red and have windows full of geraniums in a thousand colors. The result is truly spectacular. It feels like you have just delved into a children's story book full of color and joy, a very magical area. Perhaps on reading this, you may think I exaggerate, but you have to see it to appreciate it. The two main streets are quite wide, from which arise narrow streets that do not seem to lead anywhere yet, when you walk down them, you end up in colorful places with an amazing tranquility. Most of this area is closed to traffic, so you can walk safely. It is also very common to see children playing in the streets or groups of men and women walking between the bars for drinks.
La Puerta de Santa Maria is a 16th century with an arch, on which rests a shield from the year 1694, with the Virgin of Guadalupe, patron saint of the town, flanked by angels. It is 1 of the 2 entrances to the heart of the city, through this door is the street, where we can go to the town hall, the church of Santa Maria Assunta and many other palaces and museums, as well.
Currently in private ownership, access is prohibited, so we have to conform ourselves with a visit abroad. It is between the port and lighthouse of Higer, and from the outside you can have lovely views of the Bay of Txingudy. If we look ahead, you can see the Château d 'Abbadia, which for those who do not know it, I recommend a visit. It was built in the late 16th century to defend the city from pirates. Castillo is also called the Pirates.
This is a quiet place in Hondarribia. I always used to go here to paint or relax. You can talk peacefully here, take pictures or just enjoy the surroundings. In the old part of Hondarribia, there are often many tourists. This site is on top of the wall, which was built hundreds years ago. It is a great place, renovated about a year ago. It is, above all, a beautiful and touristic place
The port of Hondarribia is located near the city, where you can see beautiful large boats going out to sea to fish. The port has been running for many years, but has recently undergone some improvements. Specifically, there is now a spring in the southern part that makes the port better sheltered and therefore warmer. In addition, they have also improved the port facilities themselves, for example, they have built a new market. The harbor is a perfect place to stroll while enjoying the smell of the sea and the tranquility of the place. In addition, there are always people working in the port, so the atmosphere is exceptional.
This area runs parallel to the airport runway, separated by the channel. From here you can see mountains, neighboring Hendaye and Iterlimen, with its towers and beach. Hondarribia only has 17,000 inhabitants but is quite big so,to get from one end to the other, the best option is a motorcycle.
This image is one of the nicest places we have here in the north. From the port of Hondarribia you can see the Hondarribia Beach and Hendaye Beach. The port is one of the best places to rest and avoid problems. I love because it is peaceful.