Château Observatoire Abbadia

Château Observatoire Abbadia

Château Observatoire Abbadia
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Propriété de l'académie de sciences, Abbadia, le Château Observatoire, surplombe la corniche basque et domine la baie d'Hendaye. Ses façades néogothiques et son intérieur richement décoré en font un lieu incomparable au Pays Basque.
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mariedesjardins
Prince George, Canada6,916 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Solo
While staying in Biarritz, I took the bus to Hendaye to check out Chateau Abbadia. The staff was friendly and provided a guided tour to guests. The interior of the chateau was very unique with differing cultural designs. From the gardens you could experience ocean views as well.
Written December 25, 2023
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GlobetrottingSwede
Paris, France3,934 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 • Couples
The castle was built in the 1860s by a rich eccentric working in science and linguistics. The architect was Viollet le Duc, who is known for his renovations of Carcassonne and Notre Dame. Interesting guided visit in French of this unique building overlooking the ocean.
Written May 18, 2023
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Anamaria A
Stuart, FL84 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
For adults to see the grounds and outside it is 2€, inside 8€ or 9.50€ for the guided visit (French only). Brochures available in other languages.
Interesting to see the eccentric, eclectic decor inside. Surprising interior. No pictures allowed inside.
Written June 10, 2018
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Elisabeth K
1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Family
We went on a dull day and it was so busy! Having walked 500m from the car park we were greeted by a long queue to buy a ticket in which we were stood for at least 40 minutes. When we finally reached the front we discovered there was only one person serving although there were at least 2 others in the back office. After the long wait we found that we could only have an hour long guided tour and only in french (we are English with limited french). There was no option for a non-guided tour. The organisation was awful!
We had to wait half an hour for the tour to start. We had a very brief printed guide in English meanwhile the tour in french was long winded and boring from our point of view. The English speaking tour guide made no effort to explain anything to us and there was no option for an early exit. In the end we had to make a break for it through the door when it was opened for another group as it had been locked behind us when we entered.
The inside of the chateau was pleasant and well maintained. The grounds were nice too.
The tour could have been interesting but it was too long for anyone who didn't speak french to a high level. With a bit more information at the beginning of the visit we would not have wasted our time!!!!!
Written July 20, 2017
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cordyroy
Mobile, AL2,338 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2014 • Couples
Very worth the detour or trip to it. Lovely house/chateau in a very nice location. Interior is the star here. Decorated in a style to reflect the owners fascination with Africa. Very hard to describe but quite beautiful and looked comfortable. We felt that we would just like to move in! We visited without a guide but they have an English handout that takes you through the rooms.
Written October 19, 2014
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Hernan Silva A
Erts, Andorra135 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2015 • Couples
Incredibly well preserved castle in the Hendaya area, 3 different parkings, an hour visit or so in this incredible castle full of history, very recommended.
Written March 31, 2016
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BJ T
Wodonga, Australia22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2018
Was a little sceptical about this tourist option, but we needed to pass some time. However the tour of the building well exceeded expectations! The guided tour is only in French but they gave us English guide books that were fine. The design, furniture and decor inside the many rooms of the Chateau are exceptional. Very pleased with our visit!
Written October 23, 2018
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Blanka H
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2017 • Couples
We have been here before and absolutely loved the architecture and design of rooms as well as the history. The place has changed ever so slightly in that fewer rooms are available for visiting and they have now built a ticket office which also has toilets which is a nice addition. The architecture is amazing the history is very interesting and the rooms are captivating! Definitely recommend!!
Written September 5, 2017
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antziwoman
Hendaye, France6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Family
The last visit is at 18h, be careful! The inside of the castle is really well care and the views of the outside really amazing. Suitable to go with teenagers. Could be an afternoon plan. There is a long way to walk by the seaside, just surrounding the outside land of the castle, but unfortunaly without direct access to the castle.The whole way is about 45min plane walking enjoying the landscape, without slope.
Written June 28, 2017
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George S
Carlsbad, CA539 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2017 • Couples
The chateau was built between 1864 and 1884 for Antoine d'Abbadie who was an outstanding scholar, scientist, ethnologist and astronomer. Elected member of the French Academy of Sciences in 1867, he became it's President in 1892. His chateau was also an astronomical observatory until 1979. The chateau consists of five main sections: the
Hallway, the Library, the Main Lounge, the Honor's Bedroom and the Chapel. When Antoine d'Abbadie died in 1897, he donated the chateau to the Academy of Sciences.
The chateau is open to the public for guided tours only.
Written May 4, 2017
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