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Hendaye's position on the French-Spanish border has meant that a number of pivotal historic meetings have taken place there, in particular on the Isle de Faisans which straddles the border in the estuary of the river Bidassoa.

Kings have discussed the future of Europe, treaties have been signed and royal prisoners exchanged, and Franco reiterated his neutrality at a meeting with Hitler at the local station.

In 1660 Spanish and French delegations met for the signing of a contract of marriage between Louis XIV and the Spanish princess, Marie-Thérèse, and each stayed on their own side of an imaginary border down the centre of the Pavilion where the meeting took place.

Still today the island is policed for six months of the year by the French, and for the other six by the Spanish.
Hendaye itself has good beaches and some fine trees and shrubs which alleviate the onward march of tasteless modern buildings.


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Things to do in Hendaye

Hot Air ballooning Aerodromes etc
Sandy beaches at Hendaye-Plage Beaches
Casino Casinos
Tour de France end of PampalunaHendaye (18 July) and start of HendayeBordeaux (19 July) Cycling and Mountain Bikes
Equestrian centre Horse Riding
2 marinas and sailing club Marinas and Sailing clubs
Thermes Spas
Windsurfing Water Sports

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Things to see in Hendaye

Chingoudy Estuary Natural History
This estuary, between the Bidassoa river and the Atlantic ocean, and slightly inland, provides a refuge for many kinds of geese, duck, waders and gulls.
Cross border shopping (petrol cheaper in Spain) Shopping and Markets

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Transport

Airports
Hondarribia airport is just over the border in Spain.
Car Hire
Trains
TGV service

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