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Description island Belle-Île-en-Mer

The inhabited fairly large island of Belle-Île-en-Mer is located in the country of France, Western Europe. The distance to the mainland is about 12.2 km. The surface-area of the island is 86.9 km2 and is therefore 0.229 x times greater than the island of Isle of Wight. The island lies in the Bay of Biscay and the total coastal length is about 82.2 km and the dimensions of the island are approximately 17 km by 9 km (maximum width). The island is Northwest - Southeast oriented. The highest point is 71 meter. The coordinates (latitude, longitude) of the island (center) for GPS are 47.33 (47°19'37.6176), -3.18 (-3°10'37.2036).


The population is 5120 and the population density is thus on 60 inhabitants per square kilometer (compared Isle of Wight 364 inhabitants / km²). The capital of the island is Le Palais (located in the North-northeast of the island). Other places on the island are: Bangor (M), Locmaria (ZO), Sauzon (NW). The island is located in the West of the country France. It is located in the administrative unit Region Brittany (local administrative level-name région), in the Departement Morbihan (local administrative level-name Département). Direct neighboring islands of Belle-Île-en-Mer are (distance from central part island to central part of the neighboring islands):

1) Île-d'Houat Located 15.7 km EastNorthEast of the island.
2) Île Hoëdic Located 21.4 km East of the island.
3) Île-aux-Moines Located 36.1 km NorthEast of the island.
4) Île d'Arz Located 39.4 km NorthEast of the island.

The island is accessible by car (by means of ferry or bridge). The distance from Western-Europe (The Netherlands) is about 1032 km. There is a ferry connection for cars to the mainland. For pedestrians, there is a ferry connection to the mainland also. Far as is known, there are good cycling opportunities on the island.
The source material on the island consists of rocky surface. The land use on the island of Belle-Île-en-Mer consists of nature 23.7 km2 (27%), and agriculture 57.6 km2 (66%),


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