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Bastides villages

A Bastide is a fortified medieval village/town usually built around a square, with little or no space between the buildings so that access is controlled through a limited number of portes/gateways which can be easily defended.

Amongst the most impressive are:-

those marked are recognised as one of the most beautiful villages of France

  • Aigues Mortes (30 Gard)Lauzerte, Tarn-et-Garonne
  • Cologne (32 Gers)
  • Cordes sur Ciel (81 Tarn)
  • Domme ((24 Dordogne)
  • Eymet (24 Dordogne)
  • Labastide d’Armagnac (40 Landes)
  • Lauzerte (82 Tarn et Garonne)
  • Mirepoix (09 Ariège )
  • Monpazier (24 Dordogne)
  • Montflanquin (47 Lot et Garonne)
  • Montpezat (47 Lot et Garonne)
  • Navarrenx  (64 Pyrénées Atlantiques)
  • Puymirol (47 Lot et Garonne)
  • Rudelle (46 Lot)
  • Sauveterre de Rouergue (12 Aveyron)
  • Vianne (47 Lot et Garonne)
  • Villefranche du Périgord (24 Dordogne)
  • Villefranche-de-Lauragais (31 Haute Garonne)
  • Villeneuve d’Aveyron (12 Aveyron)
  • Villeréal (47 Lot et Garonne)