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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).


The women's basketball team Hondarribia-Irun and the rowing club Hondarribia Arraun Elkartea are the two most prestigious sports clubs in the town. In the last decade, the judo club Ama Guadalupekoa has had a lot of national medals in this discipline.

The Hondarribia-Irun plays in the Spanish women's basketball league since 2003, and it has been qualified in order to dispute European competitions on several occasions. Hondarribia has a rowing team called Hondarribia Arraun Elkartea, and its boat is characterized by its green color and its name, “Ama Guadalupekoa”. In 2005 it won “La Bandera de la Concha”, one of the most prestigious competitions of the Basque rowing.

Furthermore, the Vilariño family, which is fully linked to the world of the engine, does not stop achieving success at national and European level.

Hondarribia has its own golf course, where the great player Jose Maria Olazabal, one of the best golf players in the world, was grown; and its own marina, where the Olympic medalist Iker Martinez took his firts boat roads.


Center of interpretation of the walls of Hondarribia (Arma Plaza Fundazioa).
  • The beach (hondartza) of Hondarribia formed from the construction of a jetty and other ancillary works by the engineer Iribarren, provides ample space to enjoy the waters of the bay. In the late twentieth century the beach was partially modified, building on its surroundings a recreational port and a sports center.
  • Throughout the year, but especially in the summer months, Arma Plaza Fundazioa (municipal foundation) organizes guided visits to the old town, the port-quarter of the Marina and the Fort of Guadalupe.
  • The tourist office also managed by Arma Plaza Fundazioa, located in the Plaza de Armas, incorporates an interpretation center with spaces for audiovisual presentations / temporary exhibitions and souvenirs of the city.

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