Perros-Guirec

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Perros-Guirec
Perroz-Gireg
Ploumanac'h lighthouse
Ploumanac'h lighthouse
Coat of arms of Perros-Guirec
Coat of arms
Perros-Guirec is located in France
Perros-Guirec
Perros-Guirec
Coordinates: 48°48′51″N 3°26′32″W / 48.8142°N 3.4422°W / 48.8142; -3.4422Coordinates: 48°48′51″N 3°26′32″W / 48.8142°N 3.4422°W / 48.8142; -3.4422
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Côtes-d'Armor
Arrondissement Lannion
Canton Perros-Guirec
Government
 • Mayor (2014–2020) Erven Léon
Area
 • Land1 14.16 km2 (5.47 sq mi)
Population (2008)
 • Population2 7,297
 • Population2 density 520/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code 22168 / 22700
Elevation 0–96 m (0–315 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.

Perros-Guirec (pronounced: [pɛ.ʁos ɡi.ʁɛk]; Breton: Perroz-Gireg) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France.

Population[edit]

Historical population
Year Pop. ±%
1793 1,738 —    
1800 1,477 −15.0%
1806 1,783 +20.7%
1821 1,968 +10.4%
1831 2,251 +14.4%
1836 2,366 +5.1%
1841 2,368 +0.1%
1846 2,555 +7.9%
1851 2,605 +2.0%
1856 2,635 +1.2%
1861 2,765 +4.9%
1866 2,800 +1.3%
1872 2,761 −1.4%
1876 2,778 +0.6%
1881 2,920 +5.1%
1886 2,713 −7.1%
1891 2,614 −3.6%
1896 2,809 +7.5%
1901 2,991 +6.5%
1906 3,395 +13.5%
1911 3,488 +2.7%
1921 3,633 +4.2%
1926 4,078 +12.2%
1931 4,432 +8.7%
1936 4,605 +3.9%
1946 5,812 +26.2%
1954 5,231 −10.0%
1962 6,020 +15.1%
1968 6,866 +14.1%
1975 7,773 +13.2%
1982 7,496 −3.6%
1990 7,497 +0.0%
1999 7,614 +1.6%
2008 7,297 −4.2%

Inhabitants of Perros-Guirec are called perrosiens in French.

Breton language[edit]

In 2008, 4.79% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.[1]

Tourism[edit]

Perros-Guirec is a popular seaside resort, with beaches and opportunities for water and beach sports. It is also known for its pink granite rocks which have been sculpted by the sea into varied shapes and patterns. There are three large sandy beaches suitable for families. Plage Trestraou is popular for swimming and sunbathing, as it is sheltered and receives full sunshine. The Plage Trestrignel is wilder and more exposed to the wind.

Pink granite coast, nearby Ploumanac'h.
Panorama of the Natural Reserve of the 7 Islands.

Economy[edit]

The nearby Grand Isle, separated from the mainland by a narrow channel, was once famous for its granite quarrying industry. The rock was transported from the island by boat, and was used in the construction of many imposing buildings in Paris.

International relations[edit]

Perros-Guirec is twinned with :

Personalities[edit]

Joseph Conrad lived here for several years and wrote many of his most famous maritime books during that period.

Cultural references[edit]

Perros-Guirec is where, in Gaston Leroux's The Phantom of the Opera, a teenage Vicomte de Chagny retrieves young Christine Daaé's scarf from the sea.[3] It is also the resting place of her father.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  2. ^ "Welcome to Teignmouth Twinning Online". teigntwin.co.uk. Retrieved 2008-01-19. 
  3. ^ Chauls, Robert; Robinette, Joseph (1992). The Phantom of the Opera: Based Upon the Novel by Gaston Leroux. Dramatic Publishing. p. 30. ISBN 978-0-87129-173-8. 

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