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Discover Hendaye

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.

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The 11 most frequently asked questions about Hendaye

  • Que voir à Hendaye ? On vient surtout à Hendaye pour sa belle plage de sable fin et le Château d’Abbadia
  • Où sortir à Hendaye ? Les bars y sont légion!
  • Hendaye est dans quel département ? La ville se situe sur la Côte Basque dans le département des Pyrénées Atlantiques
  • Hendaye ou San Sebastian ? Préférez Hendaye pour ses activités nautiques et San Sebastian pour ses boutiques,commerces et” tapas”
  • Que faire à hendaye quand il pleut ? La visite du Château d’Abbadia qui domine la baie d’Hendaye
  • Comment aller de Hendaye à Irun ? Frontalières, le plus rapide de rejoindre les deux villes est de prendre le topo
  • Où se garer à Hendaye ? La ville compte de nombreux parkings publics divisés en 3 secteurs selon leurs tarifs,renseignements auprès de l’office de tourisme
  • Où manger à Hendaye ?  Le centre ville et le quartier de la plage propose divers restaurants.
  • Comment aller à Hendaye ? Hendaye est accessible via l’autoroute A63, sortie St Jean de Luz Sud,Hendaye par la Corniche
  • Quelle plage choisir à Hendaye ? Il y a deux plages surveillées à Hendaye : celle des 2 Jumeaux et la Grande Plage,paradis des surfeurs.
  • Comment prononcer Hendaye ? La ville se prononce “Andaille”

3 must-sees in Hendaye

Last town on the Basque coast before crossing the Spanish border, Hendaye contains several natural and cultural sites to discover alone, with family, friends or as a couple. Zoom in on three must-see visits to make during your holiday Hendaye stay:

  • The Château d’Abbadia: Seen from the sky, it seems to have been magically placed on a green setting on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean. Classified as a historical monument and a “Maison des Illustres”, the Abbadia castle-observatory is an architectural masterpiece in the neo-Gothic style. It was built at the end of the 19th century, under the impetus of Antoine d’Abbadie. From the observatory to the chapel, from the library to the rooms and salons, you can visit all the rooms of the former home of the French scientist and stroll in the beautiful park that will delight adults and children, especially those passionate about history, travel and astronomy.
  • Caneta and Pheasant Island: If you want to stroll peacefully while watching the boats moored, head to the Caneta district. Located on the banks of the Bidasoa, it is home to a picturesque port, Vauban fortifications and a few listed buildings. If you are observant, you will see the cannons pointing towards the Spanish Basque Country. In the middle of the coastal river that separates France from Spain, there is a small island with trees: the Ile des Faisans (Conference Island). Unfortunately, you will not be able to go there, but you will be able to remember, when you see it, that it was here that the Treaty of the Pyrenees was signed in 1659, which ended the Thirty Years’ War between France and Spain.
  • Maison de la Corniche – Asporotsttipi: If you’ve cycled or driven along the Basque Corniche, you may want to know its history. All the answers to your questions can be found in the Maison de la Corniche, a free cultural space set up in a Basque farmhouse that allows visitors to learn all about the Basque Corniche through exhibition rooms and a multimedia room.

After your visits, go and eat some delicious tapas and continue on the many Hendaye activities!

visite hendaye

A beautiful sandy beach
3km long

sports aquatiques camping hendaye

Tourist activities in Hendaye

The walk along the bay of Txingudi is one of the many Hendaye activities, along the Bidasoa river leads to the small fishing port of Caneta, you will see the remains of the Vauban ramparts, and two houses with a breathtaking view of Fontarrabie, listed as Historic Monuments since 2011: Bakar Etchea, Pierre Loti’s house and the Mauresque villa. During your stay at camping Hendaye Ametza, also discover the Domaine and the Château d’Abbadia, a protected natural site overlooking the ocean, and the coastal path which offers a grandiose panorama (Rhune mountains, 3 crowns, cliffs and coves…).   Not forgetting the Vélodyssée or Atlantic freewheel from Roscoff to Hendaye, which ends in the Basque Country, after a beautiful finish along the Corniche Basque, and a splendid view over the Bay of Biscay. This beautiful and sunny greenway continues over the bay of Txingudi to the port of Caneta, to continue your holiday Hendaye (Behobie) on a footbridge built on stilts, offering a seductive view of the islands and marshes of the Bidasoa River populated by many birds.

rivière Bidassoa camping hendaye

Top 5 activities for your holiday in Hendaye

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