The Côte de Granit Rose and the Ploumanac'h lighthouse, in Perros-Guirec
The Côte de Granit Rose and the Ploumanac'h lighthouse, in Perros-Guirec
Coat of arms of Perros-Guirec
Location of Perros-Guirec
Perros-Guirec is located in France
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Perros-Guirec is located in Brittany
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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
Intercommunality Lannion-Trégor Communauté
 • Mayor (2020–2026) Erven Léon[1]
14.16 km2 (5.47 sq mi)
 (Jan. 2018)[2]
 • Density 500/km2 (1,300/sq mi)
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
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.

Perros-Guirec (French pronunciation: ​[pɛʁɔs ɡiʁɛk]; Breton: Perroz-Gireg) is a commune in the Côtes-d'Armor department in Brittany in northwestern France. It has been a seaside resort since the end of the 19th century.

Breton language

In 2008, 4.79% of primary school children attended bilingual schools.[3]


Perros-Guirec is a seaside resort, with sandy beaches and water and beach sports. It is 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: Trestraou beach is suitable for swimming, sunbathing as well as surfing, as it is sheltered and receives full sunshine; Trestrignel beach is wilder and more exposed to the wind; Saint-Guirec beach is smaller and even more picturesque with the presence of the Costaeres Castle on its island in front of it.[citation needed]

Perros-Guirec has a number of seafront villas and manors, many of which are built with pink granite extracted locally.[citation needed]

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


Perros-Guirec's economy is largely based on tourism but benefits also from its proximity to Lannion technopole. 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

Perros-Guirec is twinned with :


Inhabitants of Perros-Guirec are called Perrosiens in French.

Perros-Guirec was long attended by men of letters and artists, for instance the painter Maurice Denis, owner of a villa in Trestrignel ("Never the nature seemed to me more beautiful than in Perros"), writers Anatole Le Braz, Charles Le Goffic, or Ernest Renan who was behind the idea of the construction of the Grand Hotel in Trestraou, to name a few. Joseph Conrad lived here for several years and wrote many of his most famous maritime books during that period.

Cultural references

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.[5] It is also the final resting place of her father.

See also


  1. ^ "Répertoire national des élus: les maires"., Plateforme ouverte des données publiques françaises (in French). 2 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Populations légales 2018". The National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies. 28 December 2020.
  3. ^ (in French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  4. ^ "Welcome to Teignmouth Twinning Online". Archived from the original on 2008-05-01. Retrieved 2008-01-19.
  5. ^ 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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