Biriatou

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Biriatou
Handball pitch
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Biriatou is located in France
Biriatou
Biriatou
Coordinates: 43°20′03″N 1°44′31″W / 43.3342°N 1.7419°W / 43.3342; -1.7419Coordinates: 43°20′03″N 1°44′31″W / 43.3342°N 1.7419°W / 43.3342; -1.7419
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Hendaye
Intercommunality Sud Pays Basque
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Michel Hiriart
Area
 • Land1 11.04 km2 (4.26 sq mi)
Population (2009)
 • Population2 989
 • Population2 density 90/km2 (230/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64130 / 64700
Elevation 0–552 m (0–1,811 ft)
(avg. 100 m or 330 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Biriatou (Basque Biriatu) is a village in the traditional Basque province of Labourd, now a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in southwestern France.

The village lies on the edge of a hill rising east to the minor mount Xoldokogaina (486 m), the first noticeable prominence across the Spanish-French border at the lower Bidasoa. The hiking trail GR 10 crosses the village, heading east through the southern side of Xoldokogaina.

European road carriers and travellers are acquainted with the name, Basque for 'gate/pass of the way' (bide + ate), on account of the border customs and toll at the AP-8 - A-63 motorway to the west of the actual village, often jammed with vehicles and long queues.

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