Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

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Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
ArdèchePontD'Arc.jpg
Coat of arms of Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
Coat of arms
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is located in France
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
Coordinates: 44°24′28″N 4°23′40″E / 44.4078°N 4.3944°E / 44.4078; 4.3944Coordinates: 44°24′28″N 4°23′40″E / 44.4078°N 4.3944°E / 44.4078; 4.3944
Country France
Region Rhône-Alpes
Department Ardèche
Arrondissement Largentière
Canton Vallon-Pont-d'Arc
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Claude Benahmed
Area
 • Land1 28.62 km2 (11.05 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 2,380
 • Population2 density 83/km2 (220/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 07330 / 07150
Elevation 60–434 m (197–1,424 ft)
(avg. 118 m or 387 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.

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc (occitan Valon) is a commune in the Ardèche department in southern France.

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is a capital of prehistoric and cultural tourism. This small village, peaceful in wintertime, sees its population expand ten-fold in summer. Its tourist importance largely comes from the fact that it is the departure point for the descent of the gorge of the Ardèche river (from Pont d'Arc to Saint-Martin-d'Ardeche).

Geography[edit]

Vallon-Pont-d'Arc is situated at the threshold of one of the most beautiful tourist sites of France: "les gorges de l'Ardèche" (the Ardèche canyon). The famous Pont d'Arc, a natural arch of more than 30 metres height, carved out by the Ardèche and classified as Great Site of France, gave it its name.

1.8 km (1.1 mi) southeast of the village, the river Ibie flows into the Ardèche, which forms all of the commune's south-western border.

History[edit]

  • 1801: Saint-Martin-d'Arc renamed to Chames
  • 1825: Chames renamed to Vallon
  • 25 September 1948: Vallon becomes Vallon-Pont-d'Arc

Administration[edit]

List of mayors
Period Name Party Quality
1989–1995 Jean-Pierre Ageron socialist
1995–2001 Jean-Pierre Ageron socialist
2001–2008 Pierre Peschier right wing
2008–2014 Claude Benahmed socialist
Prior data not yet known.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 1,706 —    
1968 1,831 +7.3%
1975 1,837 +0.3%
1982 1,787 −2.7%
1990 1,914 +7.1%
1999 2,027 +5.9%
2008 2,380 +17.4%

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Events[edit]

The village is very lively, especially in summer, with in its centre numerous shops and a market on Thursday and on Tuesday evening, which is known for its large success. Every summer, many events are organized: the lavender feast and the olive feast, prehistoric days with expositions, ateliers, conferences and presentations lasting for over a week after August 15.

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