Chateau Observatoire Abbadia, Hendaye

Must see · Architectural Building · Castle
In a country where many sites can trace their history through thousands of years, Chateau Observatoire Abbadia is rather modern.

Built between 1864 and 1879, this Neo-Gothic structure is a study in contrasts: old and new, Eastern and Western, science and Catholicism. It was built for linguist, anthropologist, geographer, and astronomer Antoine d'Abbadie, who designed the eclectic structure around his interests. Upon his death, he left the home to the French Academy of Sciences, which still owns it. Make Chateau Observatoire Abbadia part of your personalized Hendaye itinerary using our Hendaye online journey planner.
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  • We knew this wasn't a genuine chateau but it reminded us of something from Disney. The original owner was obviously a great scientist but this building is a poor legacy.  more »
  • Although the guided tour was in French we were given a translation. Beautiful building and an interesting hour on a rainy day.  more »
  • Beautiful castle with impressive interiors and very good guided tour. The history of the founder is amazing. Worth a visit  more »
  • Pretty decent Castle considering the significance of the time. Could have done a better job with the downspouts to ensure the native lime in the Water does not compromise the mortar. Staff not as accommodating as it once was in the 1930s.
  • Very beautiful place, great views, free parking, free bathrooms, vending machine, entry costs 2€, guided tour costs 9,5€ (French, English, Spanish languages). There are also beach, park for walking and other things for outdoor activities. Highly recommended place.
  • Impressive architectural work and interesting history. The guided tour is a must.
  • Stunning palace, such a shame they only offer tours in French. They give you some information in your native language but you miss 50% of the tour. Girl giving the tour was a sweetheart and made the visit fly by. Would have loved to be able to understand everything she said as it seemed to be pretty interesting. Still worth the visit!
  • Interesting château. Detailed information in the guide you are given to read whilst you walk around on your own. View of the sea is great. Gardens are nice too.

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