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Hondarribia is in the Guipuzcoa province of the Navarra and La Rioja region of Spain.
Just a few kilometers from the French border Hondarribia is situated on the north coast of Spain the mountains. The city is uninspiring but the old town high above and separated by 15th Century walls is well worth the trip and Hondarribia still has a lovely old harbour and pleasant beaches.
Explore Hondarribia old town
In the old town above the harbour wander through the narrow cobbled streets flanked by old houses with intricately carved wooden balconies. The buildings are a real delight. Find the lovely sunny squares and stop and pass some time in one of the street cafés.
The huge church of Santa Maria de la Asuncion is built in the gothic style.
Hondarribia's 10th century castle, the Palacio de Carlos Quinto, is now a fabulous looking parador, dominates the top of the old town. Sneak a look into its entrance lobby if you are not lucky enough to actually be staying here.
The old town is surrounded by a 15th century wall and is entered through the Puerta de Santa Maria gateway which looks like a tiny castle.
Entrance gate to Hondarribia, the Puerta de Santa Maria and one of the lovely cobbled streets in Hondarribia old town
Below the old town is the harbour, an area known as La Marina. The old fishing houses are lovely three storey wooden buildings which are painted in bright colours and have balconies decked in flowers. Charming. It is particularly pleasant to join the locals in their evening promenade through the streets of the Marina area.
Hondarribia also has a large sandy beach.
You can find more local travel ideas in the Navarra, La Rioja, Basque Country guide.