Travel Blogs from Hondarribia
Jance55 stayed here on Sep 11, 2014 during their trip titled: Janice's Spain and France Great Adventure.
We left Barcelona yesterday for the lovely Basque coast. We are in a small town called Handarribia, just across the boarder from France. In fact, we took a small ferry over to the France town on the other side of the harbor. We found it not charming at all and immediately came back. Take that are you Francophiles!
... seems a bit more relaxed than Bayonne's, as I think this is a party town all year round, so that don't really need to fire it up much more for their Fiesta. The city is all about the beach and the food it seems. From about 10am onwards the beach is lined with people of all ages walking the about 6km up and back along the beach. There is loads of room in the morning with a massively changing tide being out, then mid afternoon it comes in and the thousands ...
... watching the French enjoy their summer holidays.
Our tour guide Vincent led us to the harbour and to get some Basque Macarons which are completely different from the coloured ones but delicious. The harbour square area was a delight with the water clean and grey mullet swimming, artistes painting and selling their works. The town is beautiful.
Back to the car and off to Spain and San Sebastian which we had heard so much about.
I was glad ...
... planning that.
It was pouring and freezing outside by the time we got to the festival which started at midnight. It didn't matter.From the moment it started, we were swept into dances and songs that we had not been expecting. We were all packed together but somehow still dancing like crazy with the rain beating down on us and the wind howling.
It was insane.
But completely worth it.