Jaizkibel, Hondarribia

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Jaizkibel is mountain range of the Basque Country located east of Pasaia, north of Lezo and west of Hondarribia, in Spain, with 547 m at the highest point (peak Alleru). The range stretches south-west to north-east, where it plunges into the sea at the Cape Higuer (spelled Higher too). To the north-west, the mountain dips its slopes in the sea with beautiful cliffs all along, overlooking on the east the marshes of Txingudi, the river Bidasoa and its mouth (tracing the state borderline between France and Spain) as well as the towns of Irun, Hendaia and Hondarribia on the river banks. The nearest relevant mountains are La Rhune, Aiako Harria and Ulia closing the view east to west from the south. Some people consider Jaizkibel to be the first westernmost mountain of the Pyrenees.The area is a relevant landmark on the grounds of its strategic position close to the border with France, with the range standing as the easternmost Spanish rise by the seaside and affording an unmatched view miles away, both over the sea and inland. As a result, the military has always showed an interest in the place since the 16th century when the Spanish-French border started to be drafted, taking to building defence facilities, such as the towers dotting the ridge (dating from the Carlist Wars) or the Fortress of Guadalupe going back to 1890, nowadays out of use. The northern slopes have borne witness to frequent military manoeuvres from the decade of the 50s through the early 90s, when the road to the booster station was sometimes cut off to avoid disruption and damage.
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  • At his feet the very noble, very loyal, courageous and very always loyal city of Hondarribia; eastward, France with Hendaye is seen in first line and beyond San Juan de Luz, Biarritz, Bayonne, Landes and now no sight more because the view is not enough; all a peaceful haven from the heights of this super vantage point and West looks passages, Donostia and remoteness Guetaria, Motrico, and something else. You can climb on foot or in vehicle and enjoy an unparalleled corner and see how to land planes at the airport or the birds that travel following their migration. There is a flat ceramic which marks you all that the eye can see and is essential and fully illustrative. Which ups, repeats safe and without pulling any currency, such as the Trevi Fountain.
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  • From Hendaye, at the exit of Fontarabie, take the road that passes by the mount Jaizkibel for sublime views off the beaten path. After a stop at the chapel of our Lady of Guadalupe continue to Pasai Donibane, small port very typical and nice walk in the main street, to the mouth where cargo ships arrive. Victor Hugo (open house) lived there, Lafayette left for America. Other historical discoveries related to the eventful history of the Basque country are waiting for you.
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  • Panorama sublime I advise in the fall by sunny weather because the colors are amazing and the sunset in bonus is just wonderful
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