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Port Tudy, main harbor of Groix island
Port Tudy, main harbor of Groix island
Coat of arms of Groix
Coat of arms
Groix is located in France
Coordinates: 47°38′22″N 3°27′13″W / 47.6394°N 3.4536°W / 47.6394; -3.4536Coordinates: 47°38′22″N 3°27′13″W / 47.6394°N 3.4536°W / 47.6394; -3.4536
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Lorient
Canton Groix
Intercommunality Pays de Lorient
 • Mayor (2008—2014) Eric Regenermel
Area1 14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,275
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 56069 / 56590
Elevation 0–48 m (0–157 ft)

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.

Groix (French: Île de Groix, Breton: Enez Groe) is an island and a commune in the Morbihan department of the region of Brittany in north-western France.

Groix lies a few kilometres off the coast of Lorient. Several ferries a day run from Lorient to Groix.

There are a few small towns on the island. High cliffs are on its north coast and sandy beaches in secluded coves on the south coast. Groix is also home to a wide variety of sea birds.

The geology of Groix is distinct from that of the nearby continent, and the east and south coasts have been designated a mineral nature reserve since 1982.[citation needed] More than 60 minerals can be found on the island, particularly blue glaucophane (observable on the surface), epidote or garnet.[citation needed] The island mainly consists of schist.[citation needed]

Groix provides a dramatic backdrop for the fourth novel of Peter May's "Enzo" series, Freeze Frame, published in 2010.[1]


Inhabitants of Groix are called Groisillons.

Groix island.

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  1. ^ May, Peter. Freeze Frame. Poison Pen Press: Scottsdale, Ariz., 2010. ISBN 1590587081


  • "Gildas, the cabin boy from Groix" 2007 by the students of College Saint Tudy-ile de Groix-*[1]

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