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Secrets de... Besse s/Issole

Departure : Le Pradon car park

Besse owes its fame to the highway robber Gaspard Bouis, known as Gaspard de Besse, who was born in 1757. He attacked and robbed stagecoaches, but legend has it that he had spared the poor. He was betrayed and then broken on the wheel in Aix-en-Provence in 1781. Gaspard was mourned by the people: he had rebelled against a life of poverty and, in his own way, heralded the revolution. Sheltered by its castle, Bresse still has its maze of old streets, some leading to a small lake, making this old village on the plains a very pleasant place to stroll around.