Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône

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Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône
Saint Louis tower
Saint Louis tower
Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône is located in France
Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône
Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône
Coordinates: 43°23′15″N 4°48′14″E / 43.3875°N 4.804°E / 43.3875; 4.804Coordinates: 43°23′15″N 4°48′14″E / 43.3875°N 4.804°E / 43.3875; 4.804
Country France
Region Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur
Department Bouches-du-Rhône
Arrondissement Arles
Canton Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône
Intercommunality Ouest Provence
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Marc Charrier
Area
 • Land1 73.38 km2 (28.33 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 8,535
 • Population2 density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 13078 / 13230
Elevation 0–3 m (0.0–9.8 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.

Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône is a commune in the Bouches-du-Rhône department in southern France.

History[edit]

The commune was created in 1904 from Arles and Fos-sur-Mer on which its history is dependent. The Saint-Louis channel was dug in 1871. The parish was established in 1886.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1906 2,388 —    
1911 2,702 +13.1%
1921 3,682 +36.3%
1926 4,174 +13.4%
1931 4,284 +2.6%
1936 4,448 +3.8%
1946 3,982 −10.5%
1954 4,923 +23.6%
1962 6,278 +27.5%
1968 8,285 +32.0%
1975 10,393 +25.4%
1982 10,378 −0.1%
1990 8,624 −16.9%
1999 8,123 −5.8%
2008 8,535 +5.1%

Features[edit]

Port-Saint-Louis-du-Rhône is an industrial town and port annex of Marseille at the mouth of the Rhône River, and includes many parks, large avenues and large farmhouses known as camarguais.

The town has three popular beaches: Napoleon beach, Olga beach, and Carteau beach.

There are many marshes and cultivated plans nearby, and vast salt-water marshes of the Camargue swamp.

Local wildlife includes herds of wild horses and pink flamingos being in the marshes.

Industry[edit]

The Camargue produces primarily salt and mineral oil. There are also petrochemical factories and grain mills.

Activities[edit]

  • Market: Wednesday.
  • Fair: at the beginning of August.
  • Local festival: third Sunday of July (bullfight, folklore, tournaments).
  • Celebrates districts: in June, for Saint-Louis.
  • Attractions taurines: in summer.
  • Rhone beach: school of veil, Kitesurfing school (Carteau beach), boating and yacht club, sea fishing, horseriding
  • Camping

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