This aparthotel is a lovely small establishment located in the Fishermans Quarter in Hondarribia.
On the top (3rd) floor of the hotel are 11 self catering apartments that cater for 4 to 6 people. Each is duplex with a spiral staircase between floors and features a fully equipped kitchen (no washing machine), a dining room/ lounge, one or two bedrooms and a fully fitted bathroom. There is also a sofa-bed in the lounge.
Regarding the hotel, this features just 41 en-suite bedrooms that were recently renovated and are all fully equipped to a high standard. The hotel is family-run and this is reflected in the level of service and attention to the client.
The hotel also features a popular bar and restaurant.
Directly across the street from the aparthotel are the tall, colourful Fishermans Houses typical to Hondarribia and in the cool shadow of these fine houses are pleasant outdoor cafés, bars and restaurants, most with a terrace for dining al fresco.
Within a short walking distance is the promenade which affords lovely views across the Txingudi Bay to France and further on is the beach. The Old Quarter of Hondarribia is but a 5 minute stroll away.
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Hondarribia; which according to legend was founded in the 6th century by the Gothic King Recaredo, is located just 16 miles east of San Sebastian - near the French border - overlooking the mouth of the Bidasoa Estuary: a natural border between Spain and France and part of a rich ecosystem which plays host to many species of migratory birds.
A fortified town, it contains a magnificently preserved mediaeval quarter at the top of which is the Parador de Turismo; a castle once the residence of King Carlos V. Interesting sights in the Old Quarter include the Puerta Santa Maria; the original gateway to this historic walled town engraved with the coat of arms: the Calle Mayor, a beautiful cobbled street with many interesting historic buildings such as the Town Hall (built 1745), the baroque Casadevanta Palace, the Casa Solar del Conde de Torre Alta; where the town’s history archives are stored, the Casa Ladrón de Guevara with its vitrified blue brick front and the Zuloaga Palace. Of note too are the Plaza de Vicario, the Calle Pampinot, the Church of the Asunción y del Manzano (Gothic-Renaissance) built between 1474 and 1600 and the Plaza de Armas; a lovely cobbled plaza where the previously mentioned Parador is located. This area also has many excellent restaurants and bars.
Adjacent to the Old Quarter is La Marina; the Maritime Quarter, with it´s lovely tall, brightly coloured fishermen’s houses. Here, along Calle de San Pedro where the atmosphere is always friendly and relaxing, there are lots of cafes and restaurants with outdoor terraces for relaxing and dining. In this area too, is the Paseo Butrón promenade which is lovely to stroll along, enjoying stunning views over the estuary to Hendaia in France (there is a regular ferry shuttle between the two towns). The Paseo Butrón leads all the way to the Hondarribia Beach passing on the way the sheltering harbour for many colourful fishing and pleasure boats. A bit further on is Frailes Beach, Amuitz Island, San Telmo Castle and the Cape Higuer lighthouse which jointly complete a landscape of remarkable beauty. It is possible to travel further and discover the Artsu, Zuatxipi and Biosnar coves.
Jaizkibel summit, at a height of 549 m., offers an excellent vantage point from which to enjoy a wonderful panoramic view over the town, Txingudi Bay and the beautiful Bidasoa Estuary. Here too, on the summit, the remains of the old San Enrique Fort can be seen and nearby the Iskulin dolmen and Jaizkibel cromlechs.
Hondarribia is a great base from which to explore the Costa Vasca and fine cities & towns such as San Sebastian, Zarautz, Pamplona and even St. Jean de Luz and Biarritz.
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