Groix

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Groix
Groe
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
Groix
Groix
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 Lorient Agglomération
Government
 • Mayor (2008—2014) Eric Regenermel
Area1 14.82 km2 (5.72 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 2,275
 • Density 150/km2 (400/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
 • Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
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. Groix is also famous for hosting the only convex beach in Europe, which also moves following sea currents. During the last 15 years, the beach moved half a kilometer westbound.

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]

Climate[edit]

Climate data for Groix (1981–2010 averages)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °C (°F) 15.4
(59.7)
16.6
(61.9)
22.8
(73)
25.8
(78.4)
29.7
(85.5)
35.6
(96.1)
35.3
(95.5)
35.2
(95.4)
31.0
(87.8)
26.5
(79.7)
19.5
(67.1)
16.0
(60.8)
35.6
(96.1)
Average high °C (°F) 9.5
(49.1)
9.5
(49.1)
11.5
(52.7)
13.6
(56.5)
16.6
(61.9)
19.2
(66.6)
21.0
(69.8)
21.3
(70.3)
19.8
(67.6)
16.3
(61.3)
12.7
(54.9)
10.2
(50.4)
15.1
(59.2)
Average low °C (°F) 5.7
(42.3)
5.3
(41.5)
6.8
(44.2)
7.9
(46.2)
10.8
(51.4)
13.3
(55.9)
15.1
(59.2)
15.3
(59.5)
13.8
(56.8)
11.7
(53.1)
8.8
(47.8)
6.4
(43.5)
10.1
(50.2)
Record low °C (°F) −9.4
(15.1)
−8.0
(17.6)
−6.2
(20.8)
−1.0
(30.2)
0.4
(32.7)
5.8
(42.4)
7.8
(46)
8.4
(47.1)
7.6
(45.7)
1.8
(35.2)
−2.4
(27.7)
−6.0
(21.2)
−9.4
(15.1)
Average precipitation mm (inches) 95.7
(3.768)
70.6
(2.78)
65.0
(2.559)
61.3
(2.413)
59.2
(2.331)
42.2
(1.661)
42.7
(1.681)
39.1
(1.539)
56.4
(2.22)
92.3
(3.634)
91.3
(3.594)
98.9
(3.894)
814.7
(32.075)
Average relative humidity (%) 87 86 85 82 84 83 83 83 83 86 86 88 84.7
Source #1: Météo France[2]
Source #2: Infoclimat.fr (humidity, 1961–1990)[3]

Demographics[edit]

Inhabitants of Groix are called Groisillons.

Groix island.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ May, Peter. Freeze Frame. Poison Pen Press: Scottsdale, Ariz., 2010. ISBN 1590587081
  2. ^ "Données climatiques de la station de Ile de Groix" (in French). Meteo France. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Normes et records 1961-1990: Ile de Groix - Beg Melen (56) - altitude 42m" (in French). Infoclimat. Retrieved December 30, 2015. 

Bibliography[edit]

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

External links[edit]