Created in 1280 under the name Villeneuve-les-Tardets, Tardets, in the centre of Haute Soule, was united with Sorholus in 1859. Today, the county town of the canton, built on the banks of the Saison, it has the configuration of a bastide which has retained its original structure, with its square square with arcades and houses, and all around narrow streets surround this small village heart. This is a type of urban planning that is not very common in the Basque Country. The lord of Tardets took sides in the Middle Ages for the king of England against the viscount of Soule. Tardets was also the home of Augustin Chaho (1811-1858), a romantic writer and Basque patriot, and of the Jesuit Pierre Lhande (1876-1956). From Tardets, walks await you, discovering the Chapelle de la Madeleine (direction Barcus and the Madeleine) by a splendid but perilous road over the Col de Sustary up to the summit with a grandiose panorama. Similarly, not far from Tardets, in Trois Ville, you can visit the Elizabea Castle, whose plans are said to have been designed by the architect François Mansart, a castle that returned to the Count of Treville, captain of the Musketeers who inspired Alexandre Dumas (mullioned facade, window frames, window pediments and staircase in grey Arudy marble, gardens with century-old trees and flowers of rare species).

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