La grande plage in Hendaye

Mom and her child on the Beach of Hendaye

The beach looks out onto the beautiful Bay of Txingudi which borders Spain. It stretches over several kilometres, starting at the emblematic “Twin Rocks” and ending at the southernmost part which provides a view of the Spanish town of Fontarrabie/ Hondarribia. You will have to cross the River Bidassoa to get to this charming location. You can take a boat shuttle; tapas and Spanish atmosphere are guaranteed.

It is particularly easy to observe the changing tides at the Grande Plage in Hendaye on account of the extremely gentle slope. A reassuring feature for your children who will be able to walk far out to sea. The waves, which are substantially smaller than on other Basque Coast beaches, are ideal for learning to surf or bodyboard in complete safety. A stone’s throw away you have access to surf clubs on the sea-front, where you can enrol your children just for the afternoon or for longer surf camps.

The tide goes out a very long way and also comes in a very long way, but it never covers the whole beach. There is an area of sand in the southernmost part which can reach up to 400 metres in width.
Set out your towel and the children’s games, put up your parasol and listen, you will no doubt hear people speaking Basque or Spanish as the beach is very popular with Spanish border residents.

After bathing or walking along the three kilometres of sand, you can rinse off the salt and sand; the beach is equipped with taps and showers for your comfort.

Three sea walls protect this stretch of sand from the waves; the beach provides totally safe bathing for the whole family. You won’t know which way to look as the landscapes are rich and varied: there is a fortress, a belvedere, traditional architecture and the majestic Atlantic Ocean. So, get comfortable and soak up the Basque atmosphere!

This small cove is suitable for children and its size will certainly appeal to them.
It is protected from the wind and the swell so you can let them go in the water without worry.
Don’t miss the unusual organisation of the port by walking through its covered passageways: a reminder of its historical link to whale-hunting.