Coordinates: 44°55′N 0°14′W / 44.92°N 0.24°W / 44.92; -0.24
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View of Libourne and the Dordogne river
View of Libourne and the Dordogne river
Coat of arms of Libourne
Location of Libourne
Libourne is located in France
Libourne is located in Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Coordinates: 44°55′N 0°14′W / 44.92°N 0.24°W / 44.92; -0.24
CantonLe Libournais-Fronsadais
IntercommunalityCommunauté d'agglomération du Libournais
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Philippe Buisson[1]
20.63 km2 (7.97 sq mi)
 • Density1,200/km2 (3,100/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
33243 /33500
Elevation2–28 m (6.6–91.9 ft)
(avg. 15 m or 49 ft)
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Libourne (French pronunciation: [libuʁn] (audio speaker iconlisten); Gascon: Liborna [liˈbuɾnɔ]) is a commune in the Gironde department in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

It is the wine-making capital of northern Gironde and lies near Saint-Émilion and Pomerol, both known for their wines.

History[change | change source]

Libourne was created as a bastide by Roger de Leybourne in 1270. The original name of Leybourne changed to the present Libourne. Its original aim was to be a port to ship wine of the Dordogne valley to England.

Geography[change | change source]

Libourne is at the confluence of the Isle and Dordogne rivers. The city is at about 31 km (19 mi) from Bordeaux and 98 km (61 mi) from Arcachon.

It has an area of 20.6 km2 (8.0 sq mi),[2] and its average altitude is 15 m (49 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 10 m (33 ft).[3]

Libourne and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Libourne

Libourne is surrounded by the communes Les Billaux, Lalande-de-Pomerol, Pomerol, Saint-Émilion, Moulon, Génissac, Arveyres, Fronsac and Saillans.

Climate[change | change source]

The climate of Libourne is Marine West Coast Climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.

Population[change | change source]

The inhabitants of Libourne are known, in French, as Libournais (women: Libournaises).[4]

With a population of 24,595,[5] Libourne has a population density of 1,192 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Libourne

Administration[change | change source]

Libourne is a sub-prefecture of the Gironde department since 1790. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Libourne and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of Le Libournais-Fronsadais with 53,307 inhabitants (2014).:[6]

It is part of the intercommunality Le Libournais (French: Communauté d'agglomération du Libournais).

Twin towns[change | change source]

Libourne is twinned with:[7]

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References[change | change source]

  1. "Le Maire" (in French). Ville de Libourne. Archived from the original on 5 May 2017. Retrieved 17 May 2017.
  2. "Commune de Libourne (33243)". Comparateur de territoire (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 1 May 2017.
  3. "City of Libourne". Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  4. "Libourne (33330)" (in French). Retrieved 23 April 2015.
  5. "Régions, départements, arrondissements, cantons et communes" (PDF). Populations légales 2014 (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  6. "Commune de Libourne (33243)". Géographie administrative et d’étude (in French). Institut national de la statistique et des études économiques - INSEE. Retrieved 6 May 2017.
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