Hendaye, it is here, in the Basque Country, at the gates of Spain, between the Atlantic and the Pyrenees, a paradise for lovers of water sports (kayaking, surfing, sailing, paddle…), and hiking, golf, cycling and rugby.
Hendaye is famous for its beach of fine sand 3km long with its mythical rocks, the 2 twins. The facades of the houses located on the waterfront and in many districts, are for the most part classified (the Red House). They were the work of the famous Hendaye architect Edmond Durandeau at the beginning of the century. The Sokoburu esplanade, in the neo-Basque style, houses Serge Blanco’s Thalassotherapy centre, the Casino, its restaurants, tapas bars, its market and its flea market. The Marie-Louise, a river shuttle, takes you from the marina to Fontarrabie, a picturesque Spanish village.
The stroll on the bay of Txingudi, along the Bidasoa river leads to the small fishing port of Caneta, where you will see the remains of the Vauban ramparts, and two houses with breathtaking views of Fontarrabie, listed as Historical Monuments since 2011: Bakar Etchea, Pierre Loti’s house and the Moorish villa. Close to the camping Hendayais Ametza, the Domaine and Château d’Abbadia, a protected natural site, dominate the ocean, the coastal path offers a magnificent panorama (montagnes de la Rhune, 3 crowns, cliffs and coves…).
The Vélodyssée or the Atlantic freewheel race from Roscoff to Hendaye ends at Basque country, after a beautiful end of the route along the Basque Corniche, with a splendid view over the Bay of Biscay. This beautiful and sunny greenway continues on the bay of Txingudi to the port of Caneta, to continue to the border of Hendaye (Behobia) on a footbridge built on stilts, offering an attractive spectacle on the islands and marshes of the river Bidassoa populated by many birds.