Hendaye’s location on the border has made it an important point for commerce between both Spain and France. Historically speaking, this location has also proven to be problematic for the town since it has been involved in every conflict between the two countries. In 1793, Hendaye suffered a big loss when it was attacked by Spanish troops who completely destroyed the old town.
Thankfully, the tension between Spain and France slowly subsided at the beginning of the the 20th century. During the Spanish Civil War (1936 - 1939) the town even became a place of refuge for Spanish people looking to escape the war.
Today, Hendaye is a beach resort town with a beautiful 3 km sandy beach, frequented by both French and Spanish alike. In addition to the beach and town, there is also the impressive Château Abbadia located on the outskirts of the town. And if that wasn’t already enough, Hendaye also boasts some gorgeous views of the flysch rock formations that are easily accessible on coastal walking paths.
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