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A little town once occupied by German soldiers; part of the Atlantic Wall with hundreds of concrete bunkers, historical exchange port between the Iberic peninsula and the rest of Europe, refuge to thousands of Spanish anarchists and communist after the Civil War, home to many smugglers during the Spanish dictatorship, summer destination to the European aristocracy in the early 20th century… And nowadays favorite summer holiday destination to many middle class tourists and home to thousands of Spanish people escaping from abusive housing prices.

Hendaye is an idilic emplacement full of history and controversy. During the year while totally deserted, despite the extremely busy summer, the innards show off their authentic beauty. Solitude, individualism, melancholy, sincerity, brutality, memory…

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