One of the jewels of the Basque Country that this bastide village, classified as one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France". The Bastida Clarenza was imagined at the beginning of the 14th century by Louis I (who became King of France, Louis X the Hutin two years later), with the idea of finding a maritime outlet to the north via the Joyeuse River, which joins the Adour, to ensure the safety of the river port. Like any bastide, it has a large square square, the Place des Arceaux, from where the Rue Notre-Dame starts and goes up to the church.

A stroll on foot is a must, and the traditional Basque gabled houses with half-timbered façades and windows with engraved mullioned and lintelled windows, as well as Navarrese houses with four sloping roofs and arched main entrances, are worthy of note. A village with character, one of the "Most Beautiful Villages in France", which in a few years has become once again a paradise for craftsmen and artists, showing an exceptional dynamism with about twenty particularly active associations.

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