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About Saint-Ybars

[Photo of Saint-Ybars by night] [Photo of the church at Saint-Ybars]

Saint-Ybars is a sleepy medieval village perched on a hill in the wide valley of the river Leze about an hour away from the foothills of the Pyrennees. The remnants of the 13th-century outer wall are still visible and the small narrow streets with their ancient stone and wood houses are typical of the region. Saint-Ybars is surrounded by pretty rolling hills, woods and fields and has the most stunning uninterrupted views of the full range of the Pyrennees. It has a small but thriving community (also very friendly!) and hosts several little shops including the all important bakery, 2 general stores, a pharmecy and a newsagents. Below the hill is a small park with a 15 acre lake and a pleasant cafe/bar which is open during the summer months. Although Saint-Ybars is normally very quiet there is a three day fete over the 2nd weekend in July which involves live music to suit all tastes, lots of eating and drinking and culminates in a big feast in the square whilst being serenaded by the local brass band. Great fun for childrens and adults alike and a fantastic real French experience!