Villa Gesell Partido
Partido de Villa Gesell
location of Villa Gesell Partido in Buenos Aires Province
|Established||July 1, 1978|
|Founded by||Carlos Idaho Gesell|
|• Mayor||Jorge Rodríguez Erneta, FPV|
|• Total||285 km2 (110 sq mi)|
|• Density||85/km2 (220/sq mi)|
|Patron saint||Inmaculada Concepción and Santiago Apóstol|
The economy of Villa Gesell is dominated by the summer tourist season, which sees thousands of holidaymakers make their way to the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires Province. The main tourist season lasts from December until February, after the end of the main holiday season most of the hotels, bars and restaurants close up, but some of the local establishments and hostels remain open all year round.
In 1931 Don Carlos Idaho Gesell purchased 16 acres (65,000 m2) of sand dunes, over the years he planted many thousands of trees and built a home for his family. Between the 1940s and the 1970s the population of Villa Gesell swelled as hippies and free thinkers fleeing the crowded metropolis of Buenos Aires made their way to the picturesque coastal village.
In the early years of Villa Gesell, Don Carlos Gesell introduced the "Plan galopante" (galloping plan) which meant if one would purchase a property inside Villa Gesell, and have built a home within a specified period of time, a percentage of the purchase price would be returned, or cut off from the remainder of payments, in time bringing about thousands of people from around the world, especially Germany and Italy and other European nations, seeking a quiet, and peaceful place to live.
In or around 1970 Villa Gesell gained its status as a city, and as the settlement of Villa Gesell grew in popularity, commercial interests took over, ruining Calos Gesell's idea of a tranquil village surrounded by nature.
As the sand dunes were bulldozed to make space for seafront bars and restaurants, further along the coast, the settlement of Mar Azul was established in order rehabilitate Carlos Gesell's ideals of urban development in tune with nature.
Since 2004 work has been undertaken to remove many of the concrete seafront bars and restaurants, in order to return the coastline of Villa Gesell to the state Carlos Gesell had intended.
Villa Gesell is host to "Le Touquet" one of the largest motocross races in the world. These races are held at close by cities from time to time.
It has been said that "there is no better place to raise a family, than Villa Gesell".
- Villa Gesell Partido Main Website (Spanish)
- Tourist Information (English)
- Tourist Guide (English)
- Map of Villa Gesell Partido[permanent dead link] (Spanish)
- Federal Website (Spanish)
- Villa Gesell Commercial Website (Spanish)
- Information and tourism
- Villa Gesell Hotels and Tourism Information (Spanish)
- Informacion turistica de Villa Gesell (Spanish)
- Guia de alquileres en Villa Gesell (Spanish)