Pyrénées Atlantiques is a department in the region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in southwestern France. It takes its name from the Pyreneesmountains and the Atlantic Ocean. It covers the French Basque Country and the Béarn. Pyrénées-Atlantiques is part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of Southwest France. It is bordered by the Landes, Hautes-Pyrénées, Gers departments and the Bay of Biscay.
These parts of the department that were part of Guyenne and Gascony, and Béarn have a culture heavily influenced by the Basques, but clearly different identities.
Both the Gascon Bearnese variant and Basque language are indigenous to the region in their respective districts. Gascon in turn is a dialect of Occitan, formerly the main language of southern France. It is more closely related to Catalan than it is to French. Basque is a language isolate, not related to any known language.
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|Visa requirements||Visa is not needed for EU citizens.|
|Languages spoken||French, Basque|
|Area (km2)||7,645 km2|