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Hondarribia's fishermen's quarter
Hondarribia and river Bidasoa from Hendaye

Hondarribia (Basque for "sand ford"; Spanish: Fuenterrabía; French: Fontarrabie) is a town situated on the west shore of Bidasoa river's mouth, in Gipuzkoa, Basque Country, Spain.

The border town is sited on a little promontory facing Hendaye (France) over the Txingudi bay. A service boat makes the trip between the two cities. The town holds an ancient old quarter with walls and a castle. In addition, Hondarribia features a beach across the Bidasoa from the touristy housing estate Sokoburu in Hendaye, alongside a mountain called Jaizkibel providing a hilly backdrop to the town. A road leads north-east from the beach area to the Cape Higuer, located in this municipality.

The town harbours the San Sebastian Airport, which serves domestic flights. The population as of 2005 is 15,700 inhabitants.


The battles fought for possession of this fortified stronghold are generally known by the Spanish name for the place (Fuenterrabía).

Notable residents[edit]

  • Josune Amunarriz, prominent female avant-garde artist whose large-scale installations can be seen in San Sebastián, China, and New York.
  • José María Olazábal famous Spanish golfer, winner of two U.S. Masters titles and regular member of the European Ryder Cup team.
  • Unai Emery, winner of Europa League and current manager of Sevilla FC . Former manager of Spanish football club, Valencia CF and Russian football club Spartak Moscow.


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Coordinates: 43°22′N 1°47′W / 43.367°N 1.783°W / 43.367; -1.783