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Coordinates: 43¬į20‚Ä≤03‚Ä≥N 1¬į44‚Ä≤31‚Ä≥WÔĽŅ / ÔĽŅ43.3341666667¬įN 1.74194444444¬įWÔĽŅ / 43.3341666667; -1.74194444444

Commune of Biriatou

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Handball pitch of the village
Biriatou is located in France
Country France
Region Aquitaine
Department Pyrénées-Atlantiques
Arrondissement Bayonne
Canton Hendaye
Intercommunality Sud Pays Basque
Mayor Michel Hiriart
Elevation 0‚Äď552 m (0‚Äď1,800 ft)
(avg. 100 m/330 ft)
Land area1 11.04 km2 (4.26 sq mi)
Population2 979  (2006)
 - Density 89 /km2 (230 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 64130/ 64700
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km¬≤ (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population sans doubles comptes: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

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


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