A general view of Bielle
|• Mayor (2008–2014)||Jean Baylaucq|
|Area1||25.37 km2 (9.80 sq mi)|
|• 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 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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