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.
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