Hendaye, France

Hendaye is the most southwesterly town in France. It is a commune of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques département, on the Atlantic coast, the "Côte Basque", on the right bank of the Bidassoa that marks the border with Irún, Spain. A long sand spit at the river's mouth has made the town a popular seaside tourist resort in the traditional province, Lapurdi (Labourd), of the French Basque Country.

The town square, where there is a weekly open-air market on Wednesdays, is the location of the famous 17th century "Great Cross of Hendaye", a stone cross. The church of Saint-Vincent was built in 1598, and largely reconstructed over the centuries following fires and bombardments. Its most recent transformation was finished in 1968.

The seafront Château of Antoine d'Abbadie, built by the architect and theorist Eugène Viollet-le-Duc is a monument of the Gothic Revival.

Things to See & Do

* Great Cross of Hendaye
* Seafront Château of Antoine d'Abbadie
* Hendaye Town Square
* Town beach

General information

Cruise Season – Feb to Dec
Currency - Euro (€)
Language – French
Land Area – 8 km²
Population – 15,000 approx
Electricity – 2 round pins European style
Time - GMT/UTC plus one hour
International Country Telephone Code – + 33

Port Location – The port is located close to the Hendaye town centre.

Travel Links – Hendaye is served by both the Paris–Bordeaux–Irún and Toulouse–Irún train lines. Biarritz and San Sebastian airports offer flights to a variety of major European cities.

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