General Intro

Hondarribia is situated in Southern Europe on the Atlantic coast of the Basque Country on the border between Spain and France, at the mouth of the Bidasoa River. It is very well connected and can be reached by land, sea and air.

Its Atlantic climate is characterized by mild winters and summers, this coupled with its beach and the magnificent hotel and sports facilities make it very attractive for tourism.

Its economy is predominantly in services. Fishing, important in the daily life of the inhabitants, side-by-side with family-run farming, make the gastronomic offer a rich and varied sample of our cooking.

It has an important cultural and artistic heritage, a legacy of a rich history that attracts many visitors, being one of the few remaining strongholds of Basque Country. Its walls, most of them still standing and in a constant process of recovery, give it a special appearance by evoking an epic past and by permeating every corner, alley and square with aromas, flavours and sounds that take us back in time. In Hondarribia all of these assets come together in an urban, rural, marine and border equilibrium.

Hondarribia is situated on the eastern edge of the province of Gipuzkoa. Situated at the foot of the mountain and by the sea, on the natural border between Spain and France. It is the centre of a cross-border metropolitan area, the Basque Eurocity Bayonne-San Sebastian, with more than 620,000 inhabitants.

Founded in medieval times, the city has “three souls”: The walled Historic City; declared a Protected Monument, was designed to survive wars with food cultivation autonomy; The Marina; the fishermen’s quarter, is nowadays the culinary centre for pintxos; and the Mountain, Hondarribia is sheltered by Mount Jaizkibel, with a variety of agricultural and livestock products that offer a varied diet with indigenous quality produce.

It is very well connected, only 20 mins from San Sebastian; 1 hour from Bilbao and Pamplona; with Biarritz and Bayonne just 35mins away; it is also connected by motorway and train to Paris. It has an airport with flights to Madrid and Barcelona, and also a harbour and very active fishing fleet and a booming sports marina.

The Town hall is governed by five democratically elected political parties. 80% of the population is under 60 years old. The population growth rate in recent years has been 9.6%. 6.15% are immigrants, mostly from Romania, Senegal and Nicaragua. Fishing and tourism are the bases of the economy. Per capita income is €22,300 (upper middle class). 77% of employment is in services and catering. The unemployment rate of 11%, is well below the state level.

It has a great variety of cultural facilities with a wide programme of activities throughout the year from the Arma Plaza Foundation, the School of Music, the Auditorium, etc. and offers magnificent hotel and sports infrastructures. Hondarribia is one of the main tourist attractions of the Basque Coast. It boasts extraordinary quality of its landscape and urban areas, of its outskirts and town centre.

 

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