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Trie sur Baïse

Bastide town of Trie sur Baïse in the Hautes Pyrénées South West of France...
Trie sur Baïse is a small, pretty town located in the Hautes Pyrénéees in the South of France, a facinating and beautiful part of the country. The foundation of the bastide (a wall town) was laid in 1323 and is one of the oldest bastide villages remaining in France. 1355 was the seige and destruction of the town by the Black Prince and in 1360-62 the town was invaded by the English.
1363 the inhabitants reconstructed the village.

In August 1355, the early inhabitants of Trie assembled to decide where the church should be built. Snow began to fall and covered the ground except for one spot in the shape of a cross. This is where they built the first chapel dedicated to our "Lady of the snow", who is, to this day, the protector of the town. The anniversary on the first Sunday of August is still a date for important local worship and rejoicing.

The Carmes monastery was founded in 1365. In 1659, arson destroyed the main buildings and only the church could be partly saved from complete destruction. The monastery was only rebuilt 60 to 70 years later.

The church was fully restored in 1992 and has today become a centre of cultural activities. les nuits musicales

A typical example of meridional gothic architecture, the church is the centre point of local historical interest and its cloister has been reconstructed stone by stone in New York and a 15th century monastery "le monastere du calmes".

There is a wonderful ambiance to Trie, especially on a Tuesday morning when the bastide traditional market arrives in the historic town square (inauguration 1325).

click on photo to view cheeses of Pyrénees

Delicous local food and produce is available to buy. Christiane the local cheese lady sells hundreds of different types of delicious cheeses right outside the front door. Filet mignon of pork, magret (duck breast) and foie gras are available on the stalls. There is also local food market under the arches at the mairie every Sunday morning. The Sunday before Christmas there is a festive marché de noël.

Kir, wine and flowers are offered to the public on mothers and fathers day plus night markets are organised on 13th July and at the beginning of August with a champagne bar all organised by the local commercants.

At the end of July, an antique fair is organised where one can buy, sell or simply admire pieces of furniture and artefacts. There is 'Le Tour d'Art' a superb exhibition of quality artists around the village, in the monastere, cafes and shop windows.

The first week of August sees in the 5 day Trie summer fête. A fête for all the family!

The famous Jazz festival opens in Marciac end of July/August, definitely worth visiting.

Only 50 miles from the Spanish border you have easy access to the mountains. Most sports are to be found in the locality, including skiing in the winter, and there are also a number of spa towns where you can indulge in a soothing spa treatment.

The beaches of the west coast are only 2 hours away. St Jean du Luz , Biarritz. Chic Bordeaux and Archan only 2 1/2 hours away.

Some excellent wines are produced in the area, Madarin, Saint Mont, Pacherence, côtes de Gascon and it always makes a good day out to visit the wine domains and caves where you can learn a little of the wine-making history and processes, and taste the products afterwards (always the best part). There are also wonderful wine festivals; madarin wine festival, St. Mont festival

click on map to view plan of the the town

Places to eat, sleep and drink in Trie

Trie sur Baïse is well supplied with shops and services, there a are 4 boulangeries , 3 hairdressers, 3 retaurants/cafés, a hotel, newsagents, post office, wine shop (cave), well-being centre, supermarkets, restaurants, cafes, clothes shops, gift shops, shoe shop, office de Tourism, etc.

Le Coin
Owned and run by Claire and Christophe Baïsi this french brasserie offers a delicious 'plat du jours' during the day 9.50€ and a great à la carte menu on Friday/Saturday/Sunday

Cafe des Sports
Owned and run by Jean Claude Theze and his family this sports cafe offers great food and drink.

le Twin
Owned and run by Elisabeth and Michel Navialh, this a modern bar and night club offering beer on tap, cocktail, great Tapas and music. Open Thursday/Friday/Saturday eve from 7pm.
Salsa lessons on Thursday evening

Owned and run by Bruno this a great pizza restaurant with a wood burning oven. Bruno has won the award for champion of France many times!

Le Loft Hotel
Owned and run Chantal and Christophe Claverie, this very modern/zen hotel has been completely renovated including a spa in the garden at the rear.

La Paix
This restaurant offers traditional menu of the region 10€ 3 courses including coffee and wine!

There are 4 bakers in Trie, all of whom make delicious bread and cakes. Daniel in the arcades used to work as a chocolatier for Four Seasons in London, his chocolate creations are a work of art, especially at Easter.

Christophe, the butcher sells only the best organic local meat, with the farmers named for their product.

Cave/wine shop
Patrick Beyries runs the wine shop, selling delicious wines from the region, hand made belgium chocolates and ground coffee. Worth a visit just for the wonderful smells.

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Other places to visit around the area...

There are some great places to visit around Trie.

At Puydarriex (10 minutes) there is a great nature reserve at the lake.

Spot On Centre de bien être is only 10 minutes away in Estampures for Reflexology, massage, Lastone therapy and reiki.

Mirande is 20 minutes away and has a great traditonal market on a Monday morning (voted 2nd best in Europe in the Times!)

Marciac is another very pretty village, 25 minutes, which also has a lake. In August there is the famous Jazz Festival.

Lourdes is only 40 minutes away, a small market town lying in the foothills of the Pyrenees, famous for the Marian apparitions of Our Lady of Lourdes said to have occurred in 1858 to Bernadette Soubirous. At that time, the most prominent feature of the town was the fortified castle that rises up from a rocky escarpment at its centre.

The nearby town of Tarbes is only 25 minutes away. A great town for shopping and in August they hold some great festivals Tango festival , Equestrian

One of the most relaxing things to do is to visit one of the many Spas. Aquensis in the pretty village of Bagnere de Bigorre and Balnea up in the mountains at Loudenvielle.

Vic-Fezensac in the Gers is only 45 minutes away, worth a trip at the end of July for the Salsa festival

Originally there were 4 'portes' this round
tower is the only surviving one;
this is where they held the keys to open and
close the doors to the fortified village.

market day every Tuesday morning

view from second floor bedroom

view from third floor bedroom


for more information visit the office de tourism website
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