Argelès-sur-Mer

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Argelès-sur-Mer
Argelès-sur-Mer (march 2008) 262.jpg
Coat of arms of Argelès-sur-Mer
Coat of arms
Argelès-sur-Mer is located in France
Argelès-sur-Mer
Argelès-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 42°32′42″N 3°01′25″E / 42.5449°N 3.0235°E / 42.5449; 3.0235Coordinates: 42°32′42″N 3°01′25″E / 42.5449°N 3.0235°E / 42.5449; 3.0235
Country France
Region Languedoc-Roussillon
Department Pyrénées-Orientales
Arrondissement Céret
Canton Argelès-sur-Mer
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Pierre Aylagas
Area
 • Land1 58.67 km2 (22.65 sq mi)
Population (2006)
 • Population2 10,095
 • Population2 density 170/km2 (450/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 66008 / 66700
Elevation 0–1,099 m (0–3,606 ft)
(avg. 16 m or 52 ft)

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Argelès-sur-Mer (Catalan: Argelers de la Marenda or simply Argelers) is a commune in the Pyrénées-Orientales department in southern France.

It lies near Perpignan.

Geography[edit]

Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the canton of Argelès-sur-Mer and in the arrondissement of Céret.

Argelès-sur-Mer is located in the coast sector of the Côte Vermeille at the foot of the Albères mountain range, just a short drive away from the Spanish border. Argelès-sur-Mer is the longest beach of Pyrenées Orientales.


Map of Argelès-sur-Mer and its surrounding communes

History[edit]

Argelès was also the location of a French concentration camp, the so-called Camp de concentration d'Argelès-sur-Mer .

Government and politics[edit]

Mayors[edit]

Mayor Term start Term end
Gaston Pams 1953 1981
Isidore Fourriques 1981 1983
Jean Carrère 1983 2001
Pierre Aylagas 2001

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 847 —    
1800 1,064 +25.6%
1806 1,173 +10.2%
1821 1,401 +19.4%
1831 1,478 +5.5%
1836 1,964 +32.9%
1841 2,136 +8.8%
1846 2,251 +5.4%
1851 2,325 +3.3%
1856 2,447 +5.2%
1861 2,456 +0.4%
1866 2,537 +3.3%
1872 2,600 +2.5%
1876 2,833 +9.0%
1881 3,134 +10.6%
1886 3,303 +5.4%
1891 3,413 +3.3%
1896 3,307 −3.1%
1901 3,358 +1.5%
1906 2,913 −13.3%
1911 2,837 −2.6%
1921 2,851 +0.5%
1926 2,835 −0.6%
1931 2,966 +4.6%
1936 2,945 −0.7%
1946 2,968 +0.8%
1954 2,907 −2.1%
1962 3,659 +25.9%
1968 5,022 +37.3%
1975 5,100 +1.6%
1982 5,723 +12.2%
1990 7,188 +25.6%
1999 9,069 +26.2%
2006 9,928 +9.5%
2009 10,033 +1.1%

Sports[edit]

Argelès-sur-Mer has seven kilometres of wide sandy beach, safe and supervised bathing, and numerous little rocky creeks for scuba diving. The Tramontane and Marin winds makes windsurfing and surfing more challenging than in some resorts and all manner of water sports are available here. Argelès has recently earned the title of 'Handiplage' due to its many facilities for the disabled. The town is undertaking a special programme to make the resort more accessible to disabled visitors, including training the staff in the tourist office and the police to better understand the needs of the visually impaired.

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References[edit]

External links[edit]

Media related to Argelès-sur-Mer at Wikimedia Commons