Parador de Hondarribia - 10th century castle (4*)
The Parador de Hondarribia, dominating the town from its highest point and overlooking the river border with France, 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. You experience the architecture of the fortress vividly as the stone walls prominently feature throughout the hotel as do the wonderful timber beams, flagstone and timber floors and typical drapes and decoration. The decor of the hotel is stunning and is complemented by floral and natural displays. From the Parador’s prominent terrace and from some of the bedrooms there are magnificent views across the rooftops and the bay to France and the yachts in Hendaye marina, and the terrace enjoys the most wonderful atmosphere on a warm evening.
It is the only Parador that does not have a restaurant but within a stone's throw of the front entrance you will find several lovely bars and restaurants to enjoy. The Parador does have an attractive breakfast room and bar area serving snacks with indoor and outdoor seating.
Superior rooms at this Parador enjoy sea views.
Enjoy a stroll around the town and down to the beachfront, where several fish restaurants can also be found.