The castles of the Basque Country

Basque country castles

With a rich cultural and historical heritage, the Pays Basque has many castles classified as Historic Monuments, buildings that will immerse you in the heart of the history of the Basque Country. Continue reading to discover the atypical castles of the Basque Country in the hinterland or near the coast.

Urtubie Castle

Belonging to the same family since its construction in 1341, this fortified castleé was enlarged in the XNUMXth and XNUMXth centuries to become today a very welcoming, furnished and decorated Historic Monument.

The stones of Urtubie tell six centuries of the history of the Basque Country. (The Middle Ages, the Renaissance, Louis XIV, The Revolution, Napoleon 1st, Napoleon III, the Roaring Twenties.)

The castle has a 6-hectare park, very flowery in spring and summer. In the orangery you can visit an exhibition on the plants of the Basque Country.

For lovers of Escape Game, a room has been created in an old kitchen. Online registration for the Escape game is mandatory on


Gramont Castle

Listed as a Historic Monument, the Gramont Castle of Renaissance style bears witness to the architectural evolution of castles since the Middle Ages.

Burned down in 1523, it will be rebuilt and transformed into a ceremonial castle by the Gramont family. In the 18th century, a second fire will leave it ruined. Now restored and secured, you can admire from the top of its keep a 360° panorama over the Bidouze valley and the Pyrenees.

The park in front of the castle is free to access all year round, and there are evening torchlight tours and historical shows in high season.


Abbadia Castle

Ce Castle Observatory was built by Eugène Viollet le Duc between 1864 and 1884. With neo-Gothic architecture, the building is inspired by models of castles from the Middle Ages.

The richness of its decoration makes it a high place of ornamentation and polychromy, and the garden is the exterior is to do with its landscaped garden, agricultural park, scientific laboratory, golf course and even campsite.

It offers an incredible view of the ocean and the surroundings. Located in Hendaye, a few kilometers from the Spanish border, it represents an important part of Basque culture. It will seduce heritage lovers and families looking for a change of scenery.


Chateau d'Arcangues

Built in the 12th century a few kilometers from the Basque coast, the Arcangues castle is part of the region's rich history. It had to be rebuilt in 1900 after being destroyed by the wars.

Listed on the list of Historic Monuments, this castle welcomes visitors and various events and is part of the cultural heritage that has survived the centuries.


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