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Coat of arms of Ambès
Coat of arms
Ambès is located in France
Coordinates: 45°00′44″N 0°32′22″W / 45.0122°N 0.5394°W / 45.0122; -0.5394Coordinates: 45°00′44″N 0°32′22″W / 45.0122°N 0.5394°W / 45.0122; -0.5394
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Bordeaux
Canton La Presqu'île
Intercommunality Bordeaux Métropole
 • Mayor (2014-2020) Kévin Subrenat
Area1 28.85 km2 (11.14 sq mi)
Population (2014)2 3,190
 • Density 110/km2 (290/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 33004 /33810
Elevation 0–8 m (0–26 ft)
(avg. 4 m or 13 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.

Ambès (French pronunciation: ​[ɑ̃bɛs]; Occitan: Ambès) is a commune in the Gironde department in southwestern France.

It is located at the point, the Bec d'Ambès (Occ. bèc is cognate with Old English bæc for beck[1]), where the rivers Garonne and Dordogne meet to form the Gironde estuary.


Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1962 2,046 —    
1968 2,243 +9.6%
1975 2,545 +13.5%
1982 2,715 +6.7%
1990 2,567 −5.5%
1999 2,824 +10.0%
2008 2,941 +4.1%

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An Avro Lancaster of No. 514 Squadron RAF over the target during a Bomber Command attack on oil storage tanks at Bec d'Ambes in the Garonne estuary, 4 August 1944.


  1. ^ J. Verneilh-Puyraseau, Histoire politique et statistique de l'Aquitaine, ou des pays compris entre la Loire et les Pyrénées, l'Océan et les Cévennes, Tome I, p. 130