- Villa Gesell Partido
Infobox Partido Argentina
name= Villa Gesell
official name= Partido de Villa Gesell
coat of arms= Sin escudo.svg
location= location of Villa Gesell Partido in Buenos Aires Province
July 1 1978
founder= Carlos Idaho Gesell
density= 85.2 Inhabitants/km²
pop change= +51.65% (1991-2001)
area= 285 km²
patron= Inmaculada Concepción and Santiago Apóstol
mayor= Héctor Luis Baldo, UCR| web= http://www.villagesell.gov.ar
Villa Gesell Partido is a partido located on the Atlantic coast of
Buenos Aires Provincein Argentina.
The provincial subdivision has a population of about 24,282 inhabitants in an area of 285km², and its capital city is
Villa Gesell, which is located around 380km from Buenos Aires.
The economy of Villa Gesell is dominated by the summer tourist season, which sees thousands of holidaymakers make their way to the Atlantic coast of Buenos Aires Province. The main tourist season lasts from December until February, after the end of the main holiday season most of the hotels, bars and restaurants close up, but some of the local establishments and hostels remain open all year round.
Don Carlos Idaho Gesellpurchased 16 acres of sand dunes, over the years he planted many thousands of trees and built a home for his family. Between the 1940's and the 1970's the population of Villa Gesell swelled as hippies and free thinkers fleeing the crowded metropolis of Buenos Airesmade their way to the picturesque coastal village.
In the early years of Villa Gesell, Don Carlos Gesell introduced the "Plan galopante" (galloping plan) which meant if one would purchase a property inside Villa Gesell, and have built a home within a specified period of time, a percentage of the purchase price would be returned, or cut off from the remainder of payments, in time bringing about thousands of people from around the world, especially Germany and Italy and other European nations , seeking a quiet, and peaceful place to live.
In or around 1970 Villa Gesell gained its status as a city, and as the settlement of Villa Gesell grew in popularity, commercial interests took over, ruining Calos Gesell's idea of a tranquil village surrounded by nature.
As the sand dunes were bulldozed to make space for seafront bars and restaurants, further along the coast, the settlement of
Mar Azulwas established in order rehabilitate Carlos Gesell's ideals of urban development in tune with nature.
Since 2004 work has been undertaken to remove many of the concrete seafront bars and restaurants, in order to return the coastline of Villa Gesell to the state Carlos Gesell had intended.
Villa Gesell is host to "Le Touquet" one of the largest motocross races in the world. These races are held at close by cities from time to time.
It has been said that "there is no better place to raise a family, than Villa Gesell".
* Mar Azul
Mar de las Pampas
* [http://www.gesell.com.ar/ Villa Gesell Partido Main Website] (Spanish)
* [http://www.argentinaturistica.com/2vgeiresenia.htm Tourist Information] (English)
* [http://www.inargentinatourism.com.ar/en/buenos_aires/villa_gesell.php Tourist Guide] (English)
* [http://www.gob.gba.gov.ar/cdi/municipios/villagesell/mapa_de_villa_gesell.htm Map of Villa Gesell Partido] (Spanish)
* [http://www.mininterior.gov.ar/municipales/busqueda/amplia_info.asp?ID=BUE132 Federal Website] (Spanish)
* [http://www.villagesell.com/ Villa Gesell Commercial Website] ] (Spanish)
* [http://www.liveargentina.com/Argentina/ProvinciaBuenosAires/MardelasPampas/index.htm Information and tourism]
* [http://www.reddelacosta.com.ar/ Villa Gesell Hotels and Tourism Information] ] (Spanish)
* [http://www.villagesellweb.com/ Informacion turistica de Villa Gesell] (Spanish)
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