Villers-sur-Mer

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Villers-sur-Mer
Casino
Casino
Coat of arms of Villers-sur-Mer
Coat of arms
Location of Villers-sur-Mer
Villers-sur-Mer is located in France
Villers-sur-Mer
Villers-sur-Mer
Villers-sur-Mer is located in Normandy
Villers-sur-Mer
Villers-sur-Mer
Coordinates: 49°19′17″N 0°00′18″W / 49.3214°N 0.005°W / 49.3214; -0.005Coordinates: 49°19′17″N 0°00′18″W / 49.3214°N 0.005°W / 49.3214; -0.005
CountryFrance
RegionNormandy
DepartmentCalvados
ArrondissementLisieux
CantonPont-l'Évêque
IntercommunalityCœur Côte Fleurie
Government
 • Mayor (2008–2014) Gérard Vauclin
Area
1
8.99 km2 (3.47 sq mi)
Population
(2016)2
2,765
 • Density310/km2 (800/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
14754 /14640
Elevation3–136 m (9.8–446.2 ft)
(avg. 38 m or 125 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.

Villers-sur-Mer is a commune in the Calvados department in Normandy, northwestern France, with a population of 2,765 as of 2016.[1]

Geography[edit]

The commune is located on the French coast of the English Channel, on the Côte Fleurie, between Deauville and Houlgate, approximately 200km from Paris.

It is the northernmost French commune through which falls the Prime meridian. The latter is represented on the seafront promenade with a blue mark on the ground and on the parapet. This mark is positioned 32 meters west of the actual meridian.

History[edit]

It seems that Villers-sur-Mer (then known as Villers) was more akin to a group of hamlets[2] during the early 19th century. According to the Cassini map (drawn in the 18th century), Villers at that time is made up of a church, two farms (La Motte and Fontaine), and a castle.[3]

Population[edit]

The town had a population of 2,574 in 2006, posting a growth of just over 150 residents between then and 2016.[1]

Sights[edit]

Railway station
Topiary dinosaurs address the sea

Villers-sur-Mer is known for the large topiary dinosaurs facing the sea from the garden of the office of tourism. In certain years, a baby dinosaur is added to the garden. It is the starting point of the Vaches Noires cliffs – a site where many fossils have been discovered. There is a small museum in the enclosure of the office of tourism, which has an outline of the resources and discoveries. It is a place widely known by specialists in the ammonites and other fossils.

Transportation[edit]

Villers-sur-Mer station is on the line from Deauville to Dives-sur-Mer. The station building is no longer open but train services operate year-round on weekends, and also on weekdays during the summer.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Populations légales 2016 − Commune de Villers-sur-Mer (14754) | Insee". www.insee.fr. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  2. ^ "Le Villare Espace associatif et Culturel | Les lettres de Villers". www.levillare-villerssurmer.com. Retrieved 2019-02-12.
  3. ^ "Géoportail". www.geoportail.gouv.fr.ignipq.local.oshimae.rie.agri. Retrieved 2019-02-12.

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