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Sare (Basque: Sara) is a village in the traditional Basque province of Labourd, now a commune in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques department in south-western France on the border with Spain. It is backed by the Pyrenean mountain range, which forms a basin around the village open to the east and the north. Its geological history explains the formation of caves that were occupied by the Aurignacian. The Bronze Age left a number of funerary monuments on the slopes and mountain plateaus of the region. Today, it's territory forms an enclave in the Navarre, a region of Spain, with which it shares a 25 km border. This in particular has had significant consequences on the history of the village, with centuries of pastoral agreements with neighbouring Spanish villages. During the Peninsular War the Anglo-Portuguese Army led by the future Duke of Wellington breached the frontier and repelled the French troops who had stationed themselves in forts on La Rhune. The village contains many old buildings with around 283 houses identified by as dating partially as far back as the 15th century. The traditional architecture of these buildings, their exterior decorations and the orientation defines the archetype of the rural house that exists in the popular image of the "Basque House". The population of Sare has remained stable for 200 years. Since 1793 the only real development that has occurred began in 1990, and the population reached more than 2500 people in the 2010s. Agricultural activity remains are constant element of the town's economy, even though the location has hosted mining industries since the Middle Ages, and more recently a wool treatment mill. The proximity of the border with Spain and the configuration of the terrain and the roadways as well as the shared Basque languages have given birth to a local economy shared between Spain and France characterised by smuggling. It is located some 15 km (9.3 mi) to the east of Saint-Jean-de-Luz and the Atlantic Ocean, in the western foothills of the Pyrenees. The summit of La Rhune, a mountain iconic of the Basque country, is situated approximately 4 km (2.5 mi) to the west of the village. The summit can be reached by the Petit train de la Rhune, which commences from the Col de Saint-Ignace, 3.5 km (2.2 mi) to the west of the village on the D4 road to Saint-Jean-de-Luz.

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Facts and Stats for Sare*

  • Pollution Statistics in Sare

    Know the pollution level of Sare before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 14.58 (Very Low)
    • Water Pollution 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 4.17 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 13.89 (Very Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 16.67 (Very Low)
  • Sare: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Sare for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Sare.

    • Burglary and Theft 28.57 (Low)
    • Mugging and Robbery 28.57 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 25 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Car Stealing 25 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 39.29 (Low)
    • Attacks 28.57 (Low)
    • Drug offense 35.71 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 28.57 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.43 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Sare - Quality of Life

    Quality of Life Index of Sare is 168.75 (Very High)

    • Safety Index 70.2 (High)
    • Climate Index 96.56 (Very High)
    • Pollution Index 18.73 (Very Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 49.67 (High)
    • Cost of Living Index 74.67 (Moderate)
    • Health Care Index 92.59 (Very High)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 13.58 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 75.63 (Moderate)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Sare

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Sare

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.09 USD
    • International Movie per seat 8.81 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 61.68 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 108.09 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 108.68 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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