I lived here as a child/across and down~ from the old city-across from Parque' de cisnos in Villa Usoa and back of church went to kitchen -had hot chocolate-nutella like porridge dipping pan? bread and loved my 3 years-beach path behind home-farm there, too and saw bullfight also walked the pyrennes mtn so many memories and want to go back-the fishing village sea walls where I would bike ride and see flamenco dancing/basque fisherman~~~~~~~
Although of relatively recent construction, the Plaza and the calle Santiago de Compostela leading up to it, the architects that designed the place have managed to recreate the intimate and traditionnal look of the old medieval town. Lovely stonework and cobbled roads adorn the Plaza with a passage through a monumental arch supporting apartments above.
The old fishing village, now renovated, seemed to have more tourists than the medieval part of town, until I realised it was around midday and this is where the majority of reataurants and cafés are. Lovely painted houses, most catering now to the tourist trade in one way or another, with geraniums and other flowers filling pots along the balconies. The tiny picturesque church of Santa Maria Magdalena (not to be confused with the other one) lies between the shops and the pedestrian riverside walk and id the first church of the town.
A large open space right in the centre of town the Arma Plaza is where you'll find the tourist office, and very helpful they are too. On one side you also find some lovely coloured houses with flowered balconies and on another a building known as the chateau of Charles Quint (Charles V). The building actually dates from the late 900's as a fortress and palace by Sancho Abarca de Navarre. Enlarged and re-fortified by Sanche the wise in 1190 the sobre facade is attributed to Charles Quint much later. Since 1968 it is part of the Parador chain of hotels in Spain. To the eastern side of the Plaza is a view across the Bidasoa river to Hendaye and France.
Many of the houses here have overhanging simple or in some cases double roofs, with fine balconies and coats of arms. Several of these houses are classed as historic monuments whilst the street itself offers a fine view up to the church of Santa Maria del Asuncion. At no 5 is the Casadevante House that served for the negociations of the Truce treaty against the siege of 1638. At no 8 is the Zuloaga house previously owned by the Count of Torre-Alta, which is used to house the historical library and archives of the town.
One of the two main gateways into the medieval part of town and constructed along with most of the walls in the 15th/16th c. The arch is the only part left standing of the original entrance, chamber of the guards and drawbridge. The towns coat of arms just above the arch are dated from 1694. Above the coat of arms is a sundial. On the inside there is a small recess where an icon of St Mary, has apparently been removed.
This is a small church situated in the "marina" neighborhood with a quiet, beautiful environment. Aside from the interesting building what drew my attention as I walked by this church on a rainy early December morning were the beautiful voices that came from inside.
Please listen to the audio of the choir in the video section. I only recorded audio - there only a very small view of the choir about 3/4 into the video as I did not want to intrude in the rehearsal. Truly beautiful voices!
Mount Jazkibel and the church of Guadalupe offer a good hiking opportunity. Check the street signs or request a map at your hotel to get up to Mount Jazkibel. The following website (Spanish only) highlights the excursion. 1-1/2 to 2 hours.
This is a truly beautiful old town - the following brochure does an excellent job in covering all areas:
Hondarribia is a fishing town. It's fisherman's village is very colorful and interesting and the place where you can get some outstanding food.