Major organization : CDC DES BASTIDES
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Throughout southern France, in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries, several hundred bastides were built in order to provide security and encourage trade.
The settlement began to grow and prosper, so in 1250 a typical bastide town was built, with its grid of narrow streets surrounded and protected by a huge wall with only four entrances.
At the start of the Cote des Bastides
, the penultimate climb on the stage, five of the 11 riders attacked the group to start their own breakaway and build up a sizeable lead on the chasing pack.
It is within a short drive of Toulouse and Rodez airports, whilst the nearby Bastides
of Najac and Villefranche-de-Rouergue are home to weekly markets and impressive old quarters.
The most spectacular of the Dordogne's bastides
is the aptly named Rocamadour.
Among the more daring and mysterious pastimes and interests noted by 32,000 other members of the great and good are swimming with sharks, skidelling, Medieval bastides
and herding penguins.
were built by the English as they fought for centuries to gain control of this part of France.
Major organization : CDC BASTIDES
The mighty Dordogne River and her sister, the Vezere, meander through gorges and meadows, past ancient troglodyte caves, bastides
- fortified villages built by the British during the Hundred Years War - and magnificent chateaux.
Major organization : CC BASTIDES
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Centuries before the development of Manhattan, the bastides
shared the novel grid pattern of streets originated by Count Raymond VII of Toulouse in the 1220s to permit the easy movement of men and weapons from one end of town to another.