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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Peter Debruyn (2 years ago)
Best hotel I have ever visited.
Mohammad Dabbas (2 years ago)
Beautiful gem in the Basque region. Enjoy views from the parador and walk down to the marina area for some great Pinchos
Philippe Villa (2 years ago)
Very beautiful place, full of majesty.
Nicholas Haviland (2 years ago)
Wonderful place.great history.great hiking we will be back.the hotel staff was incredibly friendly
Bobsternberg (3 years ago)
Very disappointed with the service from front desk personnel. The day we arrived I found the two gentlemen at the front desk to be aloof and not very friendly. (Perhaps they were both just having a bad day). I've never had this experience at a Spanish hotel before. This is not a “first class” hotel. If you’re looking for a bathrobe, slippers and small bottles of water placed in your room every day, this is not the hotel for you. Our room was small but did have a lovely view and the bathroom was very nice. Fortunately there was a fan on the ceiling because our air conditioning did not work. The breakfast buffet was also great. But most importantly, I would strongly suggest to management that they provide some customer service training to their front desk personnel.
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