Gironde

Gironde

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Gironde is a department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region of southwest France. It is named for the Gironde estuary, a major waterway. The Bordeaux wine region is in the Gironde. Gironde is one of the original 83 departments created during the French Revolution on 4 March 1790. It was created from parts of the former provinces of Guyenne and Gascony.

Gironde is part of the current region of Nouvelle-Aquitaine and is surrounded by the departments of LandesLot-et-GaronneDordogne and Charente-Maritime and the Atlantic Ocean on the west. With an area of 10,000 km², Gironde is the largest department in metropolitan France. If overseas departments are included, however, Gironde’s land area is dwarfed by the 83,846 km² of Guyane.

Gironde is well known for the Côte d’Argent beach which is Europe’s longest, attracting many surfers to Lacanau each year. It is also the birthplace of Jacques-Yves Cousteau who studied the sea and all forms of life in water.

The Great Dune of Pyla in Arcachon Bay near Bordeaux is the tallest sand dune in Europe.

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Country France
Visa requirementsVisa is not needed for EU citizens.
Languages spokenFrench
Currency usedEuro
Area (km2)10,000 km2

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