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Chateau d'Abbadie

Route de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye, France
+33 5 59 20 04 51
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Outside look....not worth it!

Went to visit and look around the grounds. The grounds that you are allowed in are very small... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Steve W
Reading, England, United Kingdom
via mobile
Quite fabulous...

The chateau was built between 1864 and 1884 for Antoine d'Abbadie who was an outstanding scholar... read more

Reviewed May 4, 2017
Carlsbad, California
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À Hendaye, au Pays Basque, le Château-Observatoire Abbadia est un site au delà de votre imagination !Un lieu enchanteur, dressé sur les falaises abruptes d'Hendaye au milieu d'une lande, construit entre 1864 et 1884 par Viollet-Le-Duc pour Antoine d'Abbadie, ethnologue, géographe, homme de science... In Hendaye on the Basque coast, here's a site beyond your imagination !This place is the Château-Observatory Abbadia, an enchanting highlight, overhanging the sheer clives of Hendaye in the middle of a moor, built between 1864 and 1884 by Viollet le Duc for Antoine d'Abbadie, ethnologist, geographer, scientist...
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Route de la Corniche, 64700 Hendaye, France
+33 5 59 20 04 51
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Went to visit and look around the grounds. The grounds that you are allowed in are very small. Didn't visit inside....perhaps we should have done!

Thank Steve W
Halty Jean S, Directeur général at Chateau d'Abbadie, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Dear Steve, Abbadia offers wonderful decors inside. So sorry you didn't see it. Next time I hope ! J.S. Halty Manager

Reviewed May 4, 2017

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....More

Thank 1trekky
Reviewed December 29, 2016

Tours are scheduled at regular times and the grounds and cafe are pleasant enough if you find you need to wait around. Inside, the rooms have been beautifully preserved and the guides know a great deal about the history of the place and the people...More

Thank Sarah_Hampshire69
Reviewed October 30, 2016 via mobile

A friend and I travelled from Pamplona via mass transit to see this castle. It is furnished and the interior is beautiful. Interior access is by guided tour only. We were lucky enough to arrive on time for the last tour of the day, around...More

Thank Traveler2848
Reviewed September 14, 2016

This was quite delightful. Our guide, Alice, was very knowledgeable and, although the tour was in French, we had English translation sheets. The interior of this chateau was in the same style of the NT property at Tyntesfield, near Bristol in the UK. We loved...More

Thank sandim203
Reviewed August 3, 2016

This is the typical visit for a rainy day in Hendaye. Amazing castle by the sea. Very kind spanish-speaking people in charge of it. Lovely gardens outside. Highly recommended.

Thank Julio D
Reviewed June 6, 2016 via mobile

The Chateau is very well preserved and is a fascinating place to visit. We did not do a guided tour as they were in French when we were there. We were given a booklet with English descriptions which was adequate for our visit. The observatory...More

1  Thank Robert S
Halty Jean S, Directeur général at Chateau d'Abbadie, responded to this reviewResponded June 7, 2016

Dear visitor, I'm very pleased you liked this "enjoyable experience". In a few days, our guests could discover other informations about Antoine d'Abbadie in our new office. All will be in english, spanish, deutch ... and french too ! Thank you for visiting Abbadia and...More

Reviewed March 31, 2016

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.

Thank HenryConcierge
Reviewed January 18, 2016

Carpark 1 (free) is about ten minutes walk from the chateau. We did not do an escorted tour so paid €6.60 to view the place. Most rooms have a rope chain so viewing is from the doorway. That means a wait for the person ahead...More

1  Thank Topxi
Reviewed December 29, 2015

I was there on a bank holiday so the castle was closed but I walked around it and it looks like a castle in a fairytale :)

Thank EmeraldIsle1703
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Vipashwa B
Hi, We have a 6:20 pm train to San Sebastian so I was wondering how long does it take for the Chateau d'Abbadie tour and also how long to get to the Chateau from Hendaye city center so that I can manage my time accordingly.
March 1, 2017|
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Response from Halty Jean S | Property representative |
HI. You need 2 hours to discover the castle. You will find buses to go from Abbadia to the station. In 30', you will be. Best regards.
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