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A general view of Bielle
A general view of Bielle
Bielle is located in France
Location within Nouvelle-Aquitaine region
Bielle is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 43°03′19″N 0°25′52″W / 43.0553°N 0.4311°W / 43.0553; -0.4311Coordinates: 43°03′19″N 0°25′52″W / 43.0553°N 0.4311°W / 43.0553; -0.4311
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Oloron-Sainte-Marie
Canton Oloron-Sainte-Marie-2
Intercommunality Vallée d'Ossau
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean Baylaucq
Area1 25.37 km2 (9.80 sq mi)
Population (2009)2 450
 • Density 18/km2 (46/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 64127 /64260
Elevation 420–1,973 m (1,378–6,473 ft)
(avg. 450 m or 1,480 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.

Bielle is a commune of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in southwestern France.

Bielle is a classic, picturesque farming village located in the floor of a narrow valley with steeply rising mountains as a dramatic backdrop. The buildings -primarily farm houses and barns- are built of stone. The farms are laid out in polygonic lots defined by stone walls and farm buildings. The farm building are solid, simple and spacious. Bielle gently ascends a hillside, offering memorable views in all directions. A stream, with many stone bridge crossings, cascades through the village. Sheep and cattle graze in the fields. This village is magic for landscape painters who enjoy a farm-village setting.

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