THE BASTIDE ROUTE
A Bastide is a French medieval fortified village and quite typical of Gascony. A related building style is that of the Castelnau, also a fortified village but in the vicinity of a castle. Both Bastides and Castelnaux were built during turbulent times from 1255 to 1316. The architectural origin of the Bastide is based on a square plan with a marketplace in the middle surrounded by buildings and connecting roads. In the direct vicinity of Le Peyran, you will find beautiful examples of well preserved Bastides. Besides Marciac itself, you will find the Bastides of Beaumarches, Fourcès, Tillac, Bassoues and Larressingle all worth visiting.