Le Barp is a municipality in the Southwest of France that has 5410 inhabitants. It is located in the Department of Gironde in the Region of Nouvelle Aquitaine, it is located in the Landes Forest, on the territory of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park. Le Barp has a special geographic situation because it is located between Bordeaux and Arcachon Bay which are two tourist destinations; the inhabitants are called the «Barpais». Today, there are 5,410 inhabitants in Le Barp. Le Barp is located on the territory of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Nature Park, near the Val de l’Eyre; the adjacent municipalities of Le Barp are Cestas in the North, Saucats in the North East, Saint-Magne in the South East, Belin-Béliet In the South, Salles in the South West and Mios in the West. Le Barp is located on the D1010 national road and close to the A63 motorway; the town was founded around the hospital that existed in the thirteenth century instead of the current church and which did not survive the abandonment of the pilgrimage.
Le Barp is on the way from Tours to Santiago de Compostela and many pilgrims go through Le Barp every year. It is a part of its history; this former hospital was an important stop for pilgrims. To the Revolution, the Saint-Jacques parish formed the commune of Le Barp. Most of the primary activity is oriented towards the exploitation of the forest that covers a large part of the municipal territory; the company Planasa produces strawberries and small red fruits and exports and markets plants. Le Barp is famous for its production of its cooking recipes; the Aquitaine Scientific and Technical Design Centre of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission is located in the north of the municipal territory. The Saint-Jacques Church was rebuilt during the second part of the 19th century, it has a bell tower dating from the 18th century. Le Barp, situated on the territory of the Landes de Gascogne Regional Park, participates in the Contemporary Art Forest Project, it hosts a contemporary work of art like several other neighboring municipalities.
Communes of the Gironde department Parc naturel régional des Landes de Gascogne INSEE
Blaye is a commune and subprefecture in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine in southwestern France. Its inhabitants are called the Blayaises. Blaye is located on the right bank of the Gironde estuary, close to the A10 autoroute, 56 km north of Bordeaux. There is a rail line with occasional freight trains. A small ferry crosses the Gironde to Lamarque, in Medoc. In ancient times Blaye was a port of the Santones. Tradition states that the Frankish hero Roland was buried in its basilica, on the site of the citadel, it was early an important stronghold which played an important part in the wars against the English and the French Wars of Religion. The duchess of Berry was imprisoned in its fortress in 1832–1833; the town was named Blaye-et-Sainte-Luce and was renamed Blaye in June 1961. The town has a citadel built by Vauban on a rock beside the river, which contains the ruins of a medieval castle, Château des Rudel, the ruins of Basilica of Saint-Romain, which holds the tomb of Charibert II, king of Aquitaine, son of Clotaire II.
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