The Gulf of Morbihan in northwest France • Earth.com

The Gulf of Morbihan in northwest France

06-07-2022

Today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features the Gulf of Morbihan, a natural harbor with numerous islands and islets in northwest France.

In this region, Brittany is an important cultural center that is divided into four departments: Ille-et-Vilaine, Côtes d’Armor, Finistère, and Morbihan.

According to ESA, Brittany is known for its rich and varied agriculture including meats and dairy products and a variety of high quality fruit and vegetables.  

The Gulf of Morbihan opens onto the Bay of Quiberon by a narrow passage between Locmariaquer and Port-Navalo.

Morbihan is known for its Alignements de Carnac, which consists of around 3,000 standing stones and megalithic tombs. The stones were erected during the Neolithic period, around 4500 BC.  

The towns and villages around the edges of the Morbihan Gulf are a popular destination with visitors and the bay itself contains numerous small islands, some of which can be visited, and is a haven for wildlife, especially birds.

The most important towns around the coast of the Morbihan Gulf are Vannes to the north-east and Auray to the north-west. The Morbihan Gulf is an area of sea that extends 20 kilometres inland from the Bay of Quiberon.

Video Credit: ESA 

By Chrissy Sexton, Earth.com Staff Writer

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