Hondarribia, a town in northern Spain’s Basque Country, is also known by its Basque language name as Fuenterrabía which means “sand ford”. The border town sits on a promontory facing Hendaye, France over the Txingudi bay.
The first mention of the town are in documents dated 1150. City walls surround the town and in the old quarter is a 10th century castle built by the King of Navarre, Sancho Abarca, during the early days of the Christian Reconquista. During the wars between Spain and France, Napoleon stayed at the castle for quite some time.
Today, the medieval fortress is a hotel, with just thirty-six elegant rooms, providing splendid views of French coastline.
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