Gigean

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Gigean
Commune
Abbey St Félix de Montceau.
Abbey St Félix de Montceau.
Coat of arms of Gigean
Coat of arms
Gigean is located in France
Gigean
Gigean
Location within Occitanie region
Gigean is located in Occitanie
Gigean
Gigean
Coordinates: 43°30′01″N 3°42′42″E / 43.5003°N 3.7117°E / 43.5003; 3.7117Coordinates: 43°30′01″N 3°42′42″E / 43.5003°N 3.7117°E / 43.5003; 3.7117
CountryFrance
RegionOccitanie
DepartmentHérault
ArrondissementMontpellier
CantonFrontignan
IntercommunalityCA Bassin de Thau
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Francis Veaute
Area116.56 km2 (6.39 sq mi)
Population (2010)25,687
 • Density340/km2 (890/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+1 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+2 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code34113 /34770
Elevation10–232 m (33–761 ft)
(avg. 44 m or 144 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.

Gigean is a commune in the Hérault département in Occitanie in southern France.

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Geography[edit]

Gigean is bordered by the Étang de Thau to its west, the Gardiole hills to its south and by a wine growing plain, which runs from the Moure Hills to the edge of Montpellier.

Gigean is 18 km (11 mi) from Montpellier and 14 km (8.7 mi) from Sète.

The A9 autoroute exchange is 2 km (1.2 mi) south, which runs to the A75 33 km (21 mi) away at Clermont-l'Hérault.

The climate is Mediterranean: warm and dry in the sumer, mild in the winter. Autumn is often marked by rain and heavy wind.

Neighboring communes[edit]

Poussan, Montbazin, Cournonsec, Fabrègues, Vic-la-Gardiole, Frontignan and Balaruc-le-Vieux.

Population[edit]

Its inhabitants are called Gigeannais

Historical population
YearPop.±%
19621,704—    
19681,847+8.4%
19752,135+15.6%
19822,021−5.3%
19902,529+25.1%
19992,214−12.5%
20105,687+156.9%

Sights[edit]

  • Saint Félix-de-Montceau: 13th century abbey, a listed monument historique since 1925, now in ruins,[1] situated on the Gardiole hills.
  • Église Saint Genis: 13th century church.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ministry of Culture: Ancienne abbaye Saint-Félix-de-Montceau (in French)

External links[edit]