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The New planned Seaside Resorts on the Languedoc-Roussillon Coast (France)

Author(s): Andre-Louis Sanguin

Journal: Geoadria
ISSN 1331-2294

Volume: 6;
Issue: 1;
Start page: 71;
Date: 2001;
Original page

Keywords: integrated seaside resorts | spontaneous tourism | planned tourism | town and country planning program | lidos | lagunas | Languedoc-Roussillon | France | Mediterranean Sea

The Languedoc-Roussillon's sea coast was virtually virgin and not planned at the beginning of the sixties. Within a natural environment made from lidos and lagunas, a spontaneous tourism emerged from 1880 to 1960 in the shape of some small seaside antennas of cities located 15 to 20 km inside. A town and country planning public program (the famous "Racine Mission") implemented six new integrated seaside resorts from 1963 to 1982. This paper paints a broad picture of each of these resorts after a thirty years' existence and indicates the outlooks in the framework of the European Union.
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