27 abr. 2014

Les Deux Jumeaux / Plage d'Abbadia

The beach in Hendaye is the southernmost in the Atlantic coast of France, only metres from the Spanish border. Part urban, part natural, there is a section that is an example of non-official clothes-optional beach where nudists and textiles share the same place.

Last visited: april 2014

Nude beach Les Deux Jumeaux (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France)

Nude beach Les Deux Jumeaux (Pyrénées-Atlantiques, France)

How to get there

From Spain, take exit 1 in the motorway right after crossing the international border and follow roads D811 and D358 towards Hendaye. These are narrow roads and you have to take the right direction at several crossroads; not an easy route. At the end, follow road D912 (Route de la Corniche) to the north for just 500 m. In the roundabout, take the exit on your left and continue down along a narrow street to a small parking area close to the beach. Finding a place may not be easy, but you can also try in the neighbour streets. From there to the beach there is a short pedestrian path.

From France, starting also in the motorway, take exit 2 after Saint-Jean-de-Luz and follow road D913 to the Route de la Corniche. Drive south along the shore for 5 km and you will reach the same roundabout inmediately after the sign for the Chateau Abbadia.

Of course, from Hendaye you can also get to the nudist section walking along the beach or the promenade.

The beach

The beach in Hendaye is more than 2 km long and 5 m wide. A stretch of golden sand that extends from Bidasoa river (which marks the Spanish border) in the south, to the cliffs in the north where two rocky islets stand out and give its name to the beach.
More than two thirds of it can be regarded as an urban beach, with many buildings in the seafront. When you move to the north, appartment buildings are replaced by detached houses, and finally they end at the foot of the cliffs. On top of them there is an ancient castle known as Chateau Abbadie, and this name is also given to the beach. The area with grass between the beach and the cliffs is also used by sunbathers.

Video by: panoramearth


As in the rest of the beach, in the nudist section there are plenty of recycling bins. In the way to the beach, a little kiosk sells drinks and sandwiches. More, of course, can be find in the urban section.


The nudist section starts to the right of the last house in the beach promenade. Barely 100 m from this point you can find the first nudists. At the beginning there are just a few mingled with textiles, but as you move further the ratio nudists/textiles increases up to 80%. Naturism seems to be perfectly tolerated by everybody, even by those walking from the clothed section to this end of the beach.


Other nude beaches in the area

  • Les 100 marches
  • Plage du Pavillon Royal
  • La Zurriola, Zarautz, Los Frailes (Guipuzkoa, Spain)

I like:
  • Easily accessible
  • Perfect coexistence between nudists and textiles
I don't like:
  • Parking difficult during summer

About the Author

Nat Biss

Author & Editor

I have dedicated most of my free time in the last years to discover the world, and beaches offer some of the most stunning landscapes on Earth. The next step was to enjoy them as naturally as possible, which obviously mean without clothes. Now I think it is time for me to share this liberating experience and try to help others to discover it.

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