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Hendaye is the furthest point in the South West of France you can go, a frontier town with Spain and confined on the edge of both the Atlantic Ocean and Pyrenees Mountains.

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By train[edit]

Hendaye is the last station of the South-Western line of the French Railways. It has several daily TGV trains from Paris (about 6 hours, full-price ticket 85€) and local (TER) trains from Bordeaux (3 hours, full-price ticket around 30€) [2].

The town is also the last station of the Euskotren, which serves the Basque Country with frequent trains to San Sebastian (one-way ticket costs 1.70€).

By plane[edit]

Biarritz-Anglet-Bayonne International Airport [3] is located 25 km from Hendaye. Flights from Bruxelles, Rotterdam, Geneva, Dublin, London, Lyon, Nice and Paris.

The San Sebastian airport [4] is located in Hondarribia, just across the border. It has direct flights from Madrid, Barcelona and Bruxelles.

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Hendaye is a sprawled town, split into 2 main areas and separated by 2 km. The old medieval Basque Town is situated on a hill top and commands good views of the Bay of Chingoudy and the river Bidassoa estuary below to the North & West, with the impressive scenery of the foot hills of the Pyrenees Mountains to the West, South & East. Here in the town is where you find most of the shops, the Mairie, Pelote Basque etc. The beach area is located on a peninsula formed by the Atlantic and the beach to the North and the bay and river to the South & West. This part of Hendaye is relatively modern and it is here that you will find the Marina (on the bay side), Hotels, Casino and the Serge Blanco Thalasso Center (Serge is one the best former French International Rugby team Players).

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The large bay provides good sheltered facilities for water sports, wind surfing etc. at the Club Nautique and all types of facilities for boats, while the Atlantic beach has some excellent surf.

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In Hendaye there is a good choice of hotels, guest houses and campings. The website of the city's tourist office [5] has a good listing of these places.

  • Résidence Maeva Le Sokoburu, [1]. This 3-floor luxury residence has a swimming-pool. It is in an exceptional location between the magnificent beach and the yachting marine, facing Fuenterrabia and adjoining the Serge Blanco Thalassotherapy Centre.  edit

Get out[edit]

Hendaye as stated above is a border town, with easy access to Spain and the cheaper shopping in Irun and Hondarrabia They are accessible by car or the Euskotren and a ferry boat crosses the river on a regular service from Hendaye Marina to Fonterrabia.

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