Agde is a French commune located in the department of Hérault and the region Languedoc-Roussillon, Midi-Pyrenees.
The city of Agde, sometimes nicknamed “the black pearl of the Mediterranean” because of its monuments built in basaltic stone, has a long history. Founded in the sixth century BC. BC by the Phoenicians came from Marseilles, it was in the year 500 and until the Revolution the seat of a bishopric. Faced with the bishop, who held since the twelfth century the temporal power of the Viscount d’Agde, the town was very early, at the beginning of the thirteenth century, administered by consuls, the forerunner of modern municipalities.
The Cap d'Agde Tourist Office
Port city since antiquity, favored in the late seventeenth century by the opening of the Canal du Midi, Agde long shot the bulk of its revenue from maritime trade and fishing. The city suffered a decline in its port on the Hérault, five kilometers from the sea, outclassed by that of Sète with the arrival of steamships. In the early twentieth century, the town lived mainly on fishing and agriculture (viticulture). She knows a new phase of development since the construction in the years 1970-1980, the seaside resort of Cap d'Agde, in the context of tourism development in Languedoc-Roussillon coast. She became one of the main marinas of the Mediterranean, the first tourist resort in Europe by its accommodation capacity, and enjoys an international reputation, due in part to its naturist area. The town, however, suffers from a high unemployment rate and its economy is marked by the importance of seasonal jobs related to summer tourism. If the city has 24,567 permanent inhabitants, the population can reach 200 000 people during the summer season, where she became the second city of Languedoc-Roussillon.
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