Hendaye is the furthest point in the South West of France you can go, a frontier town with Spain and lying between the Atlantic Ocean and Pyrenees Mountains. Hendaye is a sprawling town, split into two main areas. 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 and west. This part of Hendaye is relatively modern and it is here that you will find the Marina (on the bay side), hotels and casino. 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.
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. Most of the shops are here. The town square is the location of the famous 17th century "Great Cross of Hendaye", a stone cross carved with alchemical symbols that some believe contain encrypted information on a future global catastrophe. The church of Saint-Vincent, built in 1598 and reconstructed over the centuries following fires and bombardments is home to a 13th-century crucifix. The other sight in the town is the Chateau d'Abbadia, a bizarre Scottish Gothic folly with Arabian boudoirs and ethiopian frescoues built in the 1860s by the Dublin born explorer Antoine d'Abbadie.
Just up the River Bidassoa estuary, which forms the border with Spain, is a fortified island called Ile des Faisans. This tiny wooded island was used as a meeting place for the kings of France and Spain on several occasions. Hitler and Franco also met in Hendaye in 1940.
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