Parador de Hondarribia
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- Single rooms (4)
- Twin rooms (29)
- Double rooms (3)
- Capacity (68)
- Conference room
- Central heating
- Canal plus
- Deposit box
- Ambiance music
- Parking (enclosed car park, charged)
- Credit cards
- Currency exchange
- Airport (1km)
- Station (3km)
- Port (13km)
Parador de Hondarribia - 10th century castle (4*)
The Parador de Hondarribia, dominating the town from its highest point, occupies an ancient castle originally built by King Sancho II of Navarre in the 10th century. Behind the thick walls of the castle itself is the magnificent interior of the Parador, with its fine courtyard, beamed ceilings and arches, and its arrays of cannon, lances and armour.
This is a most impressive building, yet the atmosphere is comfortable with a distinct sense of elegance. From the Parador’s terrace and some of the bedrooms there are magnificent views across the bay to France.
Superior rooms at this Parador enjoy sea views.
The Basque town of Hondarribia (known as Fuenterrabia in Spanish) is on a peninsula close to the border with France, between San Sebastian and Biarritz. Its strategic position led to a number of battles for possession of the town in 1521, 1638 and 1792, and this history is reflected in the town walls and the picturesque old quarter.
This rustic fisherman’s port brims with character and visitors will encounter a superb array of restaurants serving local catch. The Parador at Hondarribia within its tranquil surroundings is ideal for those wanting to journey through the heart of Guipúzcoa to explore the quaint, neighbouring fishing villages and beautiful beaches, which run along the northern coast. Hondarribia also provides the perfect stop-off for those embarking on the “Route of St. James” (Camino de Santiago). Nature lovers will also be interested in the Bértiz Nature Reserve with its abundance of flora and fauna, located within easy reach of the Parador.
This Parador has parking which has a charge, payable locally.
Restaurant meal times & typical dishes
Breakfast is served from 8.00 to 10.30.
Please note that this restaurant does not have a restaurant.
How to get there
Dominating the town from its highest point, the Parador rises up in the beautiful Plaza de Armas next to the Nuestra Señora del Manzano church, in the old quarter of one of the most stately towns of the Basque Country. Hondarribia (formerly Fuenterrabía) is 18 km from San Sebastián /Donostia either along the main N-1 or the A-8 motorway towards the French border.
Argomaniz - 129km
Olite - 156km
Sos del Rey Catolico - 173km
Santo Domingo de la Calzada - 204km
Bilbao Airport - 140km
Region & Cuisine
Situated in the north on the French border, the Basque Country is defined by its unique language, wonderful beaches, cosmopolitan cities, beautiful greenery and its award-winning cuisine.
The beaches and coastal areas overlooking the Bay of Biscay make up one of the most magnificent natural coastlines in Spain with promontories creating picturesque sweeping landscapes. The coast provides plenty of opportunities for sailing, fishing and swimming and the city of San Sebastian makes full use of its wonderful coastal location offering both city and beach breaks to visitors. The city has become very popular with tourists over the past couple of decades with many renowned events such as the annual international film and jazz festivals and its appointment as European Capital of Culture in 2016 cementing its position as one of Spain’s top cultural centres.
The region’s capital, Bilbao, is also a cultural hub with the Frank Gehry-designed Guggenheim Museum exhibiting some of the world’s best contemporary artworks. The commercial and shopping centres and plethora of pintxos bars, restaurants and cafes make it an ideal metropolis for a short city break and with ferry connections to Portsmouth and an international airport, it has never been easier to reach Bilbao.
The charming town of Hondarribia is less than 15 miles from San Sebastian and sits right on the border with France looking across the Bidasoa River over to the French town of Hendaye. Hondarribia’s historic walled old town is home to a number of old aristocratic buildings including the Parador, a former 10th Century Castle. The town has a number of restaurants and bars, mainly around the main square and riverside, offering regional fare, often heavy with rich seafood. Hondarribia also has its very own Michelin-starred restaurant within walking distance of the Parador.
Whilst the region’s dramatic coastline is a draw for many tourists, we must not forget the green and fertile interior. Wonderful areas of natural beauty and a hilly landscape make for excellent conditions for hiking, cycling and river fishing for those looking for more active holiday.
Basque food and restaurants have been on the international radar for many years now. Home to Spain’s highest concentration of Michelin starred restaurants, with there are no fewer than seven in San Sebastian alone including the famous such as the famous ‘Arzak’ restaurant; it is believed that the Basque Country has one of the highest concentrations of Michelin stars per square metre in the world, a must-visit for any true foodie.
If your tastes (and budget) are looking at more traditional and relaxed menu, then the Basque Country also has the perfect alternative, pintxos. The Basque equivalent of tapas, pinxtos are typically served on top of a small piece of bread and pintxos bar crawls are a popular activity in the old towns of Bilbao and San Sebastian.
With its coastal locations, it can come as no surprise that fish and seafood feature heavily in local dishes and the Basque Country.
The Basque Country is also perfect for wine-lovers with Eltziego and the Alava vineyards producing delicious vintages. One of the most famous brands, Marques de Riscal (another of Gehry’s architectural feats), which is located in the Alava province. The eye-catching hotel and vineyard welcome visitors for wine tours and to dine in the haute-cuisine restaurant. Argómaniz is located in the heart of the wine region enjoying wonderful views of the Alavese plains and the perfect base to explore the nearby wineries and vineyards.
Please be aware of the following:
- 'Special Offers' are subject to the availability of a number of rooms per night and/or a specific meal basis.
- Age restrictions apply to the 'Golden Days' Offer (for those aged 55 and over) and the 'Young Persons' Offer (for those aged between 18 and 30). All reservations made using these tariffs are checked upon your arrival at the Parador(s) booked to ensure that at least one person in a room qualifies for the restricted tariff. In the case that you do not qualify for the restricted tariff, the Parador will apply the standard rate without exception and you will be required to pay a supplement locally. However only one person (per room) needs to qualify for either of these two reductions.