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Riddes
Coat of arms of Riddes
Coat of arms
Country Switzerland
Canton Valais
District Martigny
Area
 • Total 23.88 km2 (9.22 sq mi)
Elevation 482 m (1,581 ft)
Population (Dec 2015 )
 • Total 2,985
 • Density 125.00/km2 (323.75/sq mi)
Postal code 1908
Surrounded by Bagnes, Chamoson, Isérables, Leytron, Nendaz, Saillon, Saxon

Riddes is a municipality in the district of Martigny in the canton of Valais in Switzerland.

History

Riddes is first mentioned in 1001 as Ride. It was previously known its German name Riden, though that is not used any more.

Geography

Cable car to Isérables
Cable car to Isérables, Riddes is in the background

Riddes has an area, as of 2011, of 23.9 square kilometers (9.2 sq mi). Of this area, 37.4% is used for agricultural purposes, while 37.1% is forested. Of the rest of the land, 9.1% is settled (buildings or roads) and 16.4% is unproductive land.

The municipality is located in the Martigny district, on the left bank of the Rhone. It consists of the village of Riddes, the hamlet of Auddes, and the vacation resorts of La Tzoumaz in Mayens-de-Riddes and Écône.

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