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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The Promise Of Silence Marshall (11 months ago)
"The Promise Of Silence" highly recommends the beauty of a glorious sunset at Fort de Socoa.
Praveen Lawrence (12 months ago)
It's in ruins and no one is allowed inside. But we can walk upto to the fort and see the Breakwaters. Off the edge, looking into the ocean, you can see the rocks at an angle because of the fault line. There is an amazing view of the bay from here. You see the Rhune Hill and Port of Socoa.
maurice sanciaume (12 months ago)
Spectacular view on the ocean
Kitty Dee (18 months ago)
Awesome promenade, with magical views. Surfers corner.
Jim Greig (2 years ago)
Great old fort at the edge of the bay. It’s all boarded up but there is a lifeguard station and a nice beach that is quieter than the others. We sat in the natural shade by the wall which was nice and cool, something there wasn’t on any of the other beaches nearby!
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