Hondarribia It is one of the most charming towns in the Basque Country. This Gipuzkoa town (which officially has the title of city since the 17th century after winning several battles against the French) awaits us with magical corners such as the Plazas del Obispo and de Armas, the Church of Santa María de la Asunción and del Manzano, and the Puerta de Santa María, one of the entrances that the old wall had.

The beach area and its dynamic food scene They add to the attractions of Hondarribia. And if we are looking for accommodation that is up to par, a good option is its Hostellocated in nothing more and nothing less than a medieval castle from the 10th century which enjoyed great strategic importance as it was located on the border of Spain and France.

Argómaniz Parador.

The Parador in a Renaissance palace where Napoleon stayed

The Castle of Charles V

In the Main Squarethe presence of Castle of Charles V attracts all eyes. The original fortress dates back to the 10th century and was built by King Sancho II of Pamplona. Years later, in the 16th century, it underwent a series of reforms and expansions under the reign of Charles V, hence its current name.

Garden of the Parador de Hondarribia.
Garden of the Parador de Hondarribia.

The castle was located in a perfect point for the defense of the town, right at the top of a hill overlooking the Bidasoa River, Hendaye and Txingudi Bay. That is why the building “was mainly used as barracks and also as the governor’s house”, as pointed out by Tourism of the Basque Country.

Important personalities of the time lived between these stone walls, such as Velázquez or Kings Carlos V, Felipe IV and Felipe V. Likewise, the fortress was the scene of long battles that caused significant structural damage, as occurred for example at the end of the 18th century at the hands of French troops. The result was that the castle remained in ruins for a long time until it was rehabilitated and converted into a National Parador in 1968.

Living room with tapestries at the Parador de Hondarribia.
Living room with tapestries at the Parador de Hondarribia.

This is the Parador de Hondarribia

The Parador de Hondarribia, with its thick and high walls, perfectly combines modernity with historical essence. In addition to the comfortable rooms, there are spacious living rooms with period furniture and beautiful tapestries designed by Rubens with the theme of the History of Achilles. Also worth highlighting is its terrace with sea views and its garden where vegetation and stone merge in a picturesque postcard.

Aerial view of Alcañiz with its castle.

The incredible Parador located in a castle-convent and full of artistic treasures

And we must not forget the gastronomic part of the hotel. Although the Parador has a restaurant, the products of its breakfast buffet and its cafeteria are worth mentioning: local products and artisan pastries, such as Iparralde cheeses, Guetaria anchovies and a selection of sponge cakes and elaborate cakes. handcrafted in the Parador itself.

Room at the Parador de Hondarribia.
Room at the Parador de Hondarribia.

How to get to Hondarribia

He car ride from the city of San Sebastián To Hondarribia is approximately 25 minutes along the GI-20. From Bilbao It takes 1 hour and 20 minutes on the AP-8.

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