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La Bastide Clairence

Plus Beaux Villages de France

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La Bastide-Clairence is listed as one of the "Plus Beaux Villages de France" ("Most beautiful villages of France"). The town is located in the French Basque Country and though is described in tour guides as a bastide it has little resemblance to the bastides from other regions of the southwest France. Instead of the traditional central square that is the heart of any bastide, La Bastide-Clairence village was built along a main road bordered by (now ancient) houses that exemplify the best of the Navarre and Labourd - the two Basque provinces of the region - architecture. Unfortunately these houses are private property and cannot be visited inside.
The village called in local Occitan language "Bastida de Clarenza" was founded in 1312 by Louis I of Navarre who in 1314 became the King Louis X of France.

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