Fuenterrabía Travel Guide

  • Sculptured coat of arms on a wall.
    Sculptured coat of arms on a wall.
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  • The arch from the inside.
    The arch from the inside.
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Fuenterrabía Things to Do

  • Living in Fuenterribia'

    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...

  • Gipuzkoa Plaza.

    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...

  • Barrio de la Marina.

    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...

  • Arma Plaza.

    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...

  • Calle Mayor - Main street.

    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...

  • Ste Maria's gate.

    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...

  • Iglesia de la Marina

    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...

  • Walk around the coast and up Mount...

    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.

  • Visit the fisherman's town

    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.


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  • Inexpensive lunchtime menu.

    Right at the end of the main street in the fishing village, menu outside was up at 12€. As the sunshades were up we had a beer and decided to stay for lunch. Starters was a plate of spaghetti sprinkled with ham and parmesan cheese. Main plate was a decent piece of cod and boiled potatoes, finishing with a strawberry flan. A litre of wine and water...

  • Another great picnic or snack option

    Solbes is an excellent grocery chain in the area which carries a wide variety of exquisite foods including hams, cheeses, wines, fruit, just about anything you need to make a wonderful meal. I have purchased many items here - in the summer they sell queso de tetilla which is outstanding! Their membrillo is great. Fruits, always fresh and abundant,...

  • Pack a picnic!

    The photo is misleading because it shows the Christmas display but this place has a large selection of hams, cheeses, and many items you can take on a picnic. The clerk was extremely cordial and helpful in making the selections. The bread needs to be purchased down the street - but the cold cuts and cheeses here are outstanding! Cheese, Turrones...


Fuenterrabía Transportation

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    Walking is best way to see Hondarribia

    by nomad7890 Written Dec 19, 2009

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    Hondarribia is perfectly walkable - in fact you will want to be on foot to explore every corner of this beautiful place. The longer hike would be to Mount Jezikebel to visit the church of Guadalupe, but the old town and fisherman's area are easy to reach. Do need a taxi to get back to the train station in Irun, or a bus if returning to San Sebastian.

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    I can admit that Euskal...

    by DPando Written Aug 24, 2002

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    I can admit that Euskal People are so honest, kind, extrovert, friendly and excellent. And I dont believe that you can find troubles there..

    There are a lot of prejudice against Euskal people due to ETA's Terrorism... but although is a fact their existence .. i must support them cos i feel myself there as into my home!!!!

    Prejudice are dued to ignorance and closed minds , and the best solution is go there and see it!!

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