The old part of Hondarribia
The old town has a medieval atmosphere, largely due to its narrow streets since the area inside the defensive walls was too small to allow for anything wide.
The old town can be accessed through different areas but it is mostly enjoyed through the Puerta de Santa María, a 15th century gate decorated wit the town´s coat of arms and an image of Nuestra Señora de Guadalupe.
The Calle Mayor (Kale Nagusia) or Main street still has old mansions and they are one of the most attractive things to enjoy in Hondarribia. These old mansions have coats-of-arms, wought iron work and charming bay windows. The Town Hall, The Zuloaga palace (today the library) and some of the houses in the street like Torrealta and Casadeavante are fantastic.
On the right side of the main street you will find the Gothic church of Nuestra Señora de la Asuncion. Originally from the 11th century, it was rebuilt in the 16th century in renaissance style. The bell tower platform and the balcony in the sacristy both provide splendid views over the town and the area. A very important historical event took place at this church: the Pyraneean alliance was concluded in 1659 by the marriage of Louis XIV of France to princess María Teresa.
The Royal palace of Charles V (today a Parador hotel) is located at the Plaza de Armas and is probably the top attraction in Hondarribia. Its construction begun on the 12th century and it continued under the influence of Ferdinand and Isabella. It was completed by Charles V. The facade is from the 15th and 16th century. This explains the name of the castle.
Its location made it the perfect place for defensive purposes. Charles V himself stayed at the castle-palace while they waited for the marriage of the King´s daughter, Maria Teresa, with Louis XIV.