Castle of Charles V

Hondarribia, Spain

The Castle of Charles V is located in the strategic area of Hondarribia, at its highest point. It still conserves the structure of a medieval fortress and its defensive appearance. It was built in the 10th century by King Sancho Abarca of Navarre, although it was subsequently reformed by Emperor Charles V. The building served as both a castle and a palace, both connected by an interior courtyard. The castle had a square floor plan with sturdy walls. Highlights of the main facade include the doorway, rather small in size and decorated with an arch framed by the characteristic Islamic moulding known as an alfiz, over which can be seen the imperial coat of arms with the two-headed eagle of Charles V. It has today been restored and converted into a Parador hotel.

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Founded: 10th century AD
Category: Castles and fortifications in Spain

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Maria Smith (42 days ago)
A stunning parador near the French border. This used to be a castle, would you believe it.
christian raux (2 months ago)
Amazing ancient castle in the heart of the historical part of the city. Great service and view on the bay.
paul vanderstay (4 months ago)
Having stayed at many paradores over the years. Even dating back to state owned times when a few days repose were all that could be had. Make no mistake, this building is ugly. Though the treasures inside are to behold If you can figure out the maze to the front door. Access and directions to the car park will frustrate you, if you prefer not to use a taxi as we did, leaving the car at the bottom of the hill. Dont try to walk it as the cobbled streets up this long hill will break you’re will to live. Once found, there is a public lift to half way, but thereafter you are on you’re own ! Perfect guests we try to be, though sometimes forgetful like most. Unforgiving and bitter, the man at reception of this Gulag The staff run around like frightened rabbits. No smiles and unfriendly. Probably in fear of the owner who sits at reception giving orders at staff who constantly run back and forth to get his latest whispers. An unfriendly and unwelcoming entity. This gulagmeister is to be avoided if you wish to retain you’re dignity and not be ridiculed at the first opportunity. The interior scaffolding is a disappointment. It’s a building that requires constant maintenance No, we won’t be going back here. In fact it has diminished our enthusiasm for visiting other Paradores we might have visited in the future.
Maria Morell (7 months ago)
We've stayed in several of the Parador Hotels, and I must say this one is my favorite. It kind of takes you back into time. The service is awesome, and the plaza that is located at as well as the surroundings blend with the castle.
Rick Harden (8 months ago)
This hotel is a great experience. Only here two nights but enjoying every bit of yhe views and the castle.
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