Hendaye: Best Things to Do

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Hendaye is a French town located right on the border with Spain, just on the other side of the river from Hondarribia.

There is The Basque Corniche as the popular tourist attraction where you will admire the famous Observatory Castle of Abbadia.

At downtown, you can visit CPIE Littoral Basque. It promotes civic responsibility and contributes to social well-being and the protection of the environment.

A place that cannot be missed is Château d'Abbadie. You will be spoiled by the Gothic style which is overlooked the Basque cornice and overlooks Hendaye Bay.

Take the opportunity for the stunning photos by visiting Maison de la Corniche - Asporotsttipi.

Keep reading to this First Time Tourist Guide by Tripboba!



The Basque Corniche is where you can enjoy an unspoilt area and the architecture you will admire with the famous Observatory Castle of Abbadia. It was built in the Neo-Gothic style in the 19th century by the famous architect Eugène Viollet-le-Duc. Coves, jagged cliffs, fern-covered moors and a viewpoint over the ocean are some gems you will enjoy along the 25 km coastal path.

The Basque Corniche

Magnificent domain of abadia, easy walking in nature without vehicles and with superb views.

Well-maintained trail with landscaped views that are breathtaking.

The flora and fauna are very pretty.

Address : Route de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye, France


CPIE Littoral Basque is initially dependent on the Abbadia estate, property of the Conservatoire du littoral, the CPIE presently works on the whole Basque coast north and south. Co-supervisor, responsible for the open improvement of the Domaine d'Abbadia close by the Municipality of Hendaye and the Department of Pyrénées-Atlantiques, the Basque Coast CPIE acts especially on the Basque Corniche in Urrugne and Ciboure.

CPIE Littoral Basque

At the beginning of the path of the cornice, which allows beautiful walks in the area of ​​Abbadia.

Small important point there is a toilet (clean) and a water point for refueling.

Address : 64700 Hendaye, France


Joli Fouillis is run by Madam (Marie-Jo) and the other Monsieur (Bernard). It offers a wide choice of products stamped in the colors of the Basque country such as towels, linen, key rings, glasses, and mugs. In addition, this shop is also considered as one of the most beautiful sheep collections in the region. Another of Hendaye's unique shops is HENDAYE CHAUSSURES LA PERDRIX, it offers several good quality shoes. There are several kinds of shoes with modern design.

Joli Fouillis

Superb shop which offers hand made products and interesting gifts.

There are many products like wallets,towels,hanging wall, and many more.

The staff is kind and helpful.

Address : 103 Boulevard du Général Leclerc 101, 64700 Hendaye, France


Another great place to shop is in HENDAYE CHAUSSURES LA PERDRIX.

They offer good quaility of shoes at reasonable prices.

The staff are kind.

Address : 82 Boulevard du Général Leclerc, 64700 Hendaye, France


The baguette, a long, slender portion of crusty bread, is the most popular food of any French meal. Everyone at the table is expected to eat a piece. It is eaten in several ways, including being utilized to make a French Sandwiches. Besides, melted cheese is often presented as part of a meal. A food of grilled food (called la raclette ) is once in a while served. It is using an open grill, diners melt their own cheese with ham or beef slices, or fry their own egg. The grilled food is accompanied by potatoes. Sometimes diners spears pieces of bread on a long-handled forks, and plunge the bread into a full melted with cheese and called la fondue. A Champagne is well known as the gold standard of sparkling wine. It is comes from the actual Champagne region in France. Besides, it produced using méthode Champenoise; the procedure where secondary fermentation is done in the bottle with the addition of yeast and rock sugar, and it is made with the basic, traditionally mix of Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, and Pinot Meunier, which are all indigenous to the Champagne locale.


Historically, French culture was impacted by Celtic and Gallo-Roman societies just as the Franks, a Germanic clan. France was at first characterized as the western region of Germany known as Rhineland yet it later came to refer to a domain that was known as Gaul during the Iron Age and Roman time.


The best and ideal opportunity to visit Hendaye in France is from June until September, when you will have a lovely temperature and restricted till little precipitation. The highest average temperature in Hendaye is 23°C in august and the least is 10°C in january. The water temperature is somewhere in the range of 12°C and 22°C.


Château d'Abbadie was designed in the neo-Gothic style by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc and incorporated numerous enigmatic features characteristic for its owner, the adventurer Antoine Thomson d'Abbadie, after whom it is named. In addition, Château d'Abbadie is owned by the Academy of Sciences. The castle overlooks the Basque cornice and overlooks Hendaye Bay.

Château d'Abbadie

An amazing mixture of a house and a castle.

A truly beautiful chateau all of the rooms where enchanting and the grounds nicely lawned.

The guide is entertaining as well as knowledgeable in all aspects about the owner/builder.

For people who love history and especially astronomy a must see.

Address : Route de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye, France


Maison de la Corniche - Asporotsttipi is such a beautiful quiet and interesting place in Hendaye. It is located on the Corniche Basque by the road when you arrive in Hendaye. Besides, you can visit with your friends or your family here. This place gives you the opportunity to enjoy some human activities with the natural spaces. In addition, it opens all year except 15 days at Christmas.

Maison de la Corniche - Asporotsttipi

A beautiful structure where we find a mountain of information on the environment and natural areas of the region.

The House of the Corniche offers very interesting explanations on the geology.

The fauna and the flora as well as the history of the Corniche.

The photo exhibition is very beautiful and worth the trip.

Address : 64700 Hendaye, France


Camping Dorrondeguy is a family resort with a secure sandy beach of 3.5 km. You can do several fun water activities with your family here such as surfings, sailing, rafting, canyoning, and etc. In addition, Camping Dorrondeguy is the last seaside resort in the Basque Country, it just before the Spanish border which offers an exceptional location for families. Campanile Hendaye is a 3-star hotel chain with a network of more than 400 hotels in more than 13 countries. It offers a friendly atmosphere and welcoming a warm lounge. There is also a restaurant which serves authentic and gourmet dishes based on good products accompanied with a friendly staff. The restaurants offers a breakfast buffet in the morning and a la carte menu.

Camping Dorrondeguy

Superb and awesome place for short stay in the beautiful city of Hendaye.

The place offers complete facilities for kids too.

The rooms are big enough with a comfort bed make it more comfortable.

There are ground and awesome pool for kids and adults, too.

Address : Rue de la Glacière, 64700 Hendaye, France

Campanile Hendaye

Pleasant and friendliest house for staying with your whole family or when travelling.

It offers awesome amenities and spacious rooms with comfy bed and spotless bathroom.

The foods in the restaurant are fresh and delicious.

The staff are polite and kind people.

Address : 102 Rue de Béhobie, 64700 Hendaye, France


Restaurant La Caravelle offers several tasty food for lunch and dinner on the menu or a la carte. It is prepared with fresh Terre et Mer products with a friendly atmosphere. The restaurant is open 7 days a week at 12 p.m to 4.30 p.m and from 7 p.m to 11 p.m. For a good reason we recommend you Le Chantier to taste a high quality with a fabulous mixture of tastes to delight the palate. A local bosque food, fresh fish and a large regional French with an international wine list are the things you might enjoy in this restaurant.

Restaurant La Caravelle

Welcoming restaurant with pleasant sea view and for lunch in the shade.

Well patronised by locals, offering excellent well considered menu, with an emphasis on regional cooking and seafood.

Generous quantity and great service.

Highly recommend this restaurant for families.

Address : 71 Boulevard de la Mer, 64700 Hendaye, France

Le Chantier

Great brasserie, helpful and hospitable staff, beautiful setting.

The dishes are cooked on the spot with fresh products and it is really delicious.

Very good value for money, highly recommend this place.

Address : 7 Rue des Orangers, 64700 Hendaye, France


Jardin des Thés is open every day and offers a wide selection of teas such as black teas, green teas, white teas, red teas, and so on. Jardin des Thés opened the door in September 2008. In addition, Jardin des Thés also offer several accessories and objects like cups, mugs, teapots, and so on. Koté Café is located close to the beach, Koté Café is the essential pub bar in Hendaye. The shop is open all year round, it offers beers from around the world, cocktails, plates of cold meats and Iberian cheese. In addition, the bar has a large terrace as well only small lounge areas in summer. It is also the meeting place for sports broadcasts or a game of billiards.


TTIPIA is such a great cocktail bar which is close to the beach. Mojitos and planters on top, very good atmosphere and quality service! For lovers, good rums for tasting in short a place not to be missed on Hendaye.


A very good place in Hendaye to have a drink.

You can find a large variety of good Rum and superb cocktails at a very low prices.

Would definitely recommend trying the house rums.

Address : 18 Rue des Eucalyptus, 64700 Hendaye, France