GULF OF MORBIHAN / BAY OF QUIBERON
This bay, located in Brittany, is made up of two complementary areas with an equivalent surface area (approx. 120 km²).
- The Golfe du Morbihan (“Mor-bihan” = “little sea” in Breton) corresponds to a coastal depression, linked to the ocean by a narrow channel (0.9 km) and dotted with many islands. With every tide, approximately 400 million m3 of seawater pour in and out of the gulf creating strong currents on a flat bottom, contributing to the creation of a maritime ecosystem of great biodiversity.
- Quiberon Bay, looking onto the ocean, is protected by a long peninsula linked to the mainland by a tombolo (buildup of sand). This mosaic of terrestrial and marine environments is faced with a double challenge: the control of urbanisation, the management of tourist and leisure activities.
Indented low-lying coast:
Ocena climate with temperate summers and mild winters
|Local economy :|
tourism, shellfish farming, sailing industries, food industries, IT
Annual average : 12°2
Thermal amplitude : 4°3
Population (inhab.) : 150,000
Density (inhab/km2) : 100
Annual : 869 mm
Distribution: all seasons
|Human Development Index: |
Temperate deciduous forest (Western Palearctic)
Natrua 2000, ZPS, RAMSAR, ZICO, ZNIEFF, ZPC, ZSC, Listed Site, Nature Reserve, hunting reserves, properties of the Conservatoire du Littoral (Coastal Conservancy).
Megalithic heritage of the Neolithic era (Carnac alignments, tumulus with wall art): highly diversified quality landscapes
Currently under development: territorial cohesion plans, sea development plans, regional nature reserve
Criteria retained by the club:
"BC 3 : account of a civilisation (megaliths)"
"BN 2 : ecological process "