Île-de-Bréhat

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Île-de-Bréhat
Enez-Vriad
Port-Clos landing stage at low tide
Port-Clos landing stage at low tide
Île-de-Bréhat is located in France
Île-de-Bréhat
Île-de-Bréhat
Coordinates: 48°50′49″N 2°59′55″W / 48.8469°N 2.9986°W / 48.8469; -2.9986Coordinates: 48°50′49″N 2°59′55″W / 48.8469°N 2.9986°W / 48.8469; -2.9986
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Saint-Brieuc
Canton Paimpol
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Patrick Huet
Area1 3.09 km2 (1.19 sq mi)
Population (2011)2 400
 • Density 130/km2 (340/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22016 / 22870
Elevation 0–34 m (0–112 ft)
Website Site de la mairie de l'île de Bréhat

1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Île-de-Bréhat (Breton: Enez Vriad) is an island located near Paimpol, a mile off the northern coast of Brittany. Administratively, it is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in northwestern France.

Bréhat is actually an archipelago composed of two main islands, separated only at high tide, and many smaller ones. It is famous for its pink granite rocks, very mild micro-climate and Mediterranean vegetation, due to the warm Gulf Stream coming from across the Atlantic.

Many day-trippers come to Brehat every day by the ferry service (les Vedettes de Bréhat) and visit the main tourist attractions, the Paon & Rosedo lighthouses, the St-Michel chapel, the Guerzido beach, the Birlot water-mill and the Verrerie of Bréhat.

Bréhat island's enclosed harbour, at high tide

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,318 —    
1800 1,475 +11.9%
1806 1,444 −2.1%
1821 1,488 +3.0%
1831 1,550 +4.2%
1836 1,483 −4.3%
1841 1,519 +2.4%
1846 1,941 +27.8%
1851 1,357 −30.1%
1856 1,348 −0.7%
1861 1,202 −10.8%
1866 1,212 +0.8%
1872 1,114 −8.1%
1876 1,059 −4.9%
1881 1,172 +10.7%
1886 1,086 −7.3%
1891 1,012 −6.8%
1896 984 −2.8%
1901 995 +1.1%
1906 1,062 +6.7%
1911 1,016 −4.3%
1921 977 −3.8%
1926 980 +0.3%
1931 959 −2.1%
1936 830 −13.5%
1946 855 +3.0%
1954 843 −1.4%
1962 700 −17.0%
1968 653 −6.7%
1975 553 −15.3%
1982 511 −7.6%
1990 461 −9.8%
1999 421 −8.7%
2008 444 +5.5%
2011 400 −9.9%

Inhabitants of Île-de-Bréhat are called bréhatins in French.

Sights[edit]

People linked to Île-de-Bréhat[edit]

  • Marc Chagall, (1887–1985), painted La fenêtre sur l'Ile de Bréhat, 1924, kept at Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde.[1]
  • Goudji, (1941–), the Georgian-born French sculptor and goldsmith, frequently resides in Bréhat ; in 2008 he offered in item and participated in an auction to restore local religious monuments

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