Fort Socoa in Ciboure was originally built under the rule of Henry IV to protect the region from the Spanish. Fort Socoa today was however built later under the reign of Louis XIII. In 1636, the Spanish army took the fort. A few years later, French sovereignty was restored.

In 1686, Vauban strenghtened the Fort and planned to build a pier to improve access to the Fort. The work of the fort was ended in 1698. The site housed a barracks and a chapel.

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Founded: 17th century
Category: Castles and fortifications in France

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Olivier Odelin (9 months ago)
Very nice views and sea waves experience when it is a bit rough. Spectacular views then!
Denis Parker (11 months ago)
Interesting to look at but unable to get into it. Town has good beaches and very good seafood restaurants. Well worth a visit.
Walter Somers (12 months ago)
Especial during a nice evening it is great to walk from the medieval fort to the end of the pier and enjoy the sunset over the sea with a great view over Saint Jean de Luz and its bay.
HAKAN OZAGAC (15 months ago)
We were there in a light stormy weather, Atlantic was eager and readily showing its power, waves beating the great retainer walls and subsequent huge concrete blocks. Great place to experience St.Jean de Luz from afar.
Jon Camio (21 months ago)
Nice little area to spend a day at. There are restaurants to eat at. An old fort to visit. There's also a beach close by to relax at. Great place for walking around.
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