An ancient perched village sheltered in the valley of the Orbiel. Labastide is fairly high in La Montage Noire, and is on the road which leads, a further 10km or so, to the Pic du Nore, highest point in the range, and for some distance all around, at 1209m. About 40 people live at Labastide. It has its own Mairie - which also covers surrounding hameaus - and there are regular events at its foyer. In the centre of the village, a big old maison du maitre is home to La Muse Inn, a retreat for writers and artists who come from far and wide.