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Well worth the visit

Was a little sceptical about this tourist option, but we needed to pass some time. However the tour... read more

Reviewed October 22, 2018
934bjt
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Wodonga, Australia
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Worth a visit

The Château and grounds are worth the time to have a walk around. Be aware that there is no... read more

Reviewed September 13, 2018
368mike
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Rayleigh, United Kingdom
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Propriété de l'académie de sciences, le Château Observatoire Abbadia 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.
Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
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Route de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye, France
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Reviewed October 22, 2018 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: October 2018
2  Thank 934bjt
Reviewed September 13, 2018 via mobile

The Château and grounds are worth the time to have a walk around. Be aware that there is no parking directly at the attraction, watch for the signs for parking approx 500 metres before the Château. There is a a smart new visitor centre where...More

Date of experience: September 2018
1  Thank 368mike
Reviewed July 9, 2018 via mobile

Fine place for afternoon excursion. It takes one hour guided tour. Surrounding is nice with beautiful view.

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed July 2, 2018

After the beach, as you start going towards the cliffs and Ziburu/Ciboure, you will find this amazing castle, built by an even more amazing person. Eccentric man of the 19th century, very important for the revival of the Basque culture.

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank BasqueGuy
Reviewed June 23, 2018 via mobile

The story of the château and its owner is fascinating. I did the premium visit and it last 2 hours with very good explanations.

Date of experience: June 2018
1  Thank statictoad
Reviewed June 10, 2018 via mobile

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.

Date of experience: June 2018
2  Thank anamariaa770
Reviewed May 29, 2018

One of the best things ive ever visited. So well preserved. So beautiful. Full of stories. the guide didnt speak english but she gave me an english written flyer where i could get all the information needed. really a NOT TO MISS if you are...More

Date of experience: October 2017
1  Thank GentSaraci
Reviewed September 14, 2017

This grand house was built in the times of exploration, the Academy of Science and fascination with zoology and other lands, all these are worked into its construction and its decoration. Well worth the visit, but brush up on your French. The guide has a...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank James H
Reviewed September 7, 2017

Chateau d'Abbadie was the home of a man curious about the world and much in it. He built this "castle" home complete with various scientific instruments, including a telescope that might seem small by today's standards, but he did some amazing work with it. Furthermore,...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank SanNic44
Reviewed September 5, 2017 via mobile

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...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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