ARMA PLAZA is a centre for the dissemination of Hondarribia’s cultural resources. Located in Arma Plaza, 9, in front of the Castle of Charles V (now a Parador de Turismo), in the heart of the historical district, was restored in 2009. It’s the Cultural and Tourist Information Centre of the city of Hondarribia, with free access and open every day.
This centre was created with the aim of inviting locals and visitors to get to know and enjoy the town through its history, its intangible heritage, and its contemporary and traditional culture. On the ground floor, you will find a cultural and tourist information point.
Its main goal is to revitalize the city as a whole, showing the historical relationship between the town within the walls and the town outside the walls.
The visitor’s experience is a priority for ARMA PLAZA, and the CITY VISIT is a must.
ARMA PLAZA is our reference, a meeting point and the visiting card of the town.
It’s the starting point for sightseeing tours around the city. We want people to know the history of Hondarribia, its importance as a stronghold, the different uses of Portu auzoa (a fishermen’s quarter also known as La Marina district) throughout history, its wealth and its singularities, as well as its natural environment and rich heritage.
It’s a place for exhibitions, meetings and education. We wished to create a place for active learning and education, involving visitors, the community and the existing local associations. We seek the active participation of different groups and members of the community, for the enhancement and conservation of the special historical and cultural legacy of Hondarribia.
Ground floor. Visitors’ centre, exhibition room and store
The ground floor is designed as a space where locals and visitors are welcomed, offering all kinds of cultural and tourist information about the city and the region. Moreover, through the exhibition and sale of different products, the public gets to know our history thanks to the implementation of a cultural merchandising that includes products and objects made by craftspeople from Hondarribia, all of them with a cultural nuance.
Visitors are welcomed in four languages: Basque, Spanish, French and English.
First floor. Permanent exhibition
On the first floor, the main objective is to revitalize the entire city: through a permanent exhibition, the historical relationship between the city within the walls and the city outside the walls is emphasized. For this purpose, we use the concept of “Transparent Wall”.
The exhibition design, based on historical maps, photographs, objects and audiovisual material, in dialogue with the architecture of the building, materializes the proposed concepts and content in an efficient, attractive and sustainable way.
Second floor. Audiovisual room and multipurpose space
On this floor you can see an interesting audiovisual presentation of testimonies of representative people of the city.
The people of Hondarribia have told Hondarribia’s rich history and heritage from various perspectives (historical, ethnographic, artistic, etc.).
This space allows us to renew the centre’s range of services, and offers a number of possibilities when it comes to planning future temporary exhibitions, activity programmes, conferences and meetings with other institutions.
Arma Plaza, 9
January – March
April – June
July – 14 September
15 September – October
November – December