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Facing Chairs—Hondarribia, Spain

Situated on the banks of the Bidasoa estuary, is a 10th century castle built by the King of Navarre, Sancho Abarca, during the early days of the Christian Reconquista. A powerful Caliph, Al-Mansur, was a threat to the area at that time, but the King and his castle at Hondarribia were spared because the King gave one of his daughters in marriage to the Caliph.

Emperor Charles the Fifth remodeled the castle during the 16th century.

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 the estuary and the French coastline.

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