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The 1970s also saw tourism take off around the Arcachon Basin and in the Pays Basque, where it is now the main money-spinner. The opening of the Parc Naturel Régional des Landes de Gascogne and the Parc National des Pyrénées has helped draw in thousands of visitors. And there has been an influx of people buying holiday homes, particularly in the Périgord, drawn by the variety and beauty of the landscape, as well as the mild climate.

Through them it was possible to bring together local populations and to maximize yields from agricultural land. A reciprocal agreement between the founder of a bastide and the owner of the surrounding land safeguarded the rights of each. The bastide was governed by a bailiff, who represented the king. Entrance to the bastide of Penne-d’Agenais Charretières, wide thoroughfares built especially for carts, served as the main routes into the central main square. The church, an integral element of a bastide, served as a refuge during times of danger and as a place of safe-keeping for the relics of saints.

A reciprocal agreement between the founder of a bastide and the owner of the surrounding land safeguarded the rights of each. The bastide was governed by a bailiff, who represented the king. Entrance to the bastide of Penne-d’Agenais Charretières, wide thoroughfares built especially for carts, served as the main routes into the central main square. The church, an integral element of a bastide, served as a refuge during times of danger and as a place of safe-keeping for the relics of saints. With a belfry, small arches, machicolation and corner turrets, some churches were formidable fortresses.

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