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The beach at Donville-les-Bains
The beach at Donville-les-Bains
Donville-les-Bains is located in France
Coordinates: 48°50′48″N 1°34′52″W / 48.8467°N 1.581°W / 48.8467; -1.581Coordinates: 48°50′48″N 1°34′52″W / 48.8467°N 1.581°W / 48.8467; -1.581
Country France
Region Normandy
Department Manche
Arrondissement Avranches
Canton Granville
Intercommunality Communauté de communes du Pays granvillais
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Jean-Paul Launay
Area1 2.75 km2 (1.06 sq mi)
Population (2006)2 3,309
 • Density 1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 50165 /50350
Elevation 0–68 m (0–223 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.

Donville-les-Bains is a commune in the Manche department in northwestern France.


Donville-les-Bains is located just outside Granville, a port on the Norman coast noted for ferry traffic to the Channel Islands. Rail service is available from Granville to Paris on a regular basis provided by SNCF, the French National Railway.

The town is also the origin of the English language surname Dunville (originally Donville),[citation needed] which is found throughout the UK and former British colonies.[citation needed] People descended from this Norman line can be found in concentrations around Toronto, Thunder Bay, Chicago, Detroit, St. Louis, and South Carolina.[citation needed] (However, Dunville, Newfoundland was not named after Donville-les-Bains; Dunville was named after the founding Dunphy family.)


Arms of Donville-les-Bains
The arms of Donville-les-Bains are blazoned :
Gules, a sea-horse [i.e. a mythical hippocampus], and in chief a sun of 8 points Or.

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