Morlaix with its viaduct in the background

Coat of arms

Coordinates: 48°34′42″N 3°49′36″W / 48.5783°N 3.8267°W / 48.5783; -3.8267Coordinates: 48°34′42″N 3°49′36″W / 48.5783°N 3.8267°W / 48.5783; -3.8267
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Finistère
Arrondissement Morlaix
Canton Morlaix
Intercommunality Morlaix
  Mayor (20142020) Agnès Le Brun
Area1 24.82 km2 (9.58 sq mi)
Population (2008)2 15,574
  Density 630/km2 (1,600/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 29151 / 29600
Elevation 0–104 m (0–341 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.

Morlaix (French pronunciation: [mɔʁlɛ]; Breton: Montroulez) is a commune in the Finistère department of Brittany in northwestern France. It is a sub-prefecture of the department.

Leisure and tourism

The old quarter of the town has winding streets of cobbled stones and overhanging houses constructed of stone and timber. Many have religious and secular sculptures on their façades.

One of these houses is "la Maison dite de la duchesse Anne", or the "so-called Duchess Anne’s house", which is now a museum, open to the public. This sixteenth-century house is said to be one of the oldest in the town. The Museum of the Jacobins in Morlaix, housed in a former convent, traces the history of Finistère. The town also contains the Parc botanique de Suscinio.

Morlaix is a popular location for sea sports enthusiasts with a diverse array of activities on offer including surfing, sand buggying and kite flying. Visitors can also find beautiful coastal paths for walks. Morlaix is home to France’s tallest lighthouse, "Phare de L’île Vierge". Inland activities include bowling, golf, horse-riding and many more. There are also a cinema and a swimming pool.[1]


A tidal river that almost completely dries out at low tide reaches the town of Morlaix where there is a lock into a marina.[2]


Breton language

The municipality launched a linguistic plan through Ya d'ar brezhoneg on June 27, 2008.

In 2008, 6.45% of primary-school children attended bilingual schools.[4]

The Diwan school in Morlaix, founded around 1988, was originally located in very old apartments. In January 2008 the mayor offered the Diwan school a move to a more suitable location, an empty school. In June 2008 the new mayor decided that the Diwan school should move location once again. The town council wanted to use their building to open a new public school. However the replacement building chosen for the Diwan school was in a very bad shape.[5]


Inhabitants of Morlaix are called in French Morlaisiens.

Historical population
1793 10,393    
1800 9,351−10.0%
1806 9,937+6.3%
1821 9,781−1.6%
1831 9,596−1.9%
1836 9,740+1.5%
1841 10,539+8.2%
1846 11,529+9.4%
1851 12,393+7.5%
1856 12,904+4.1%
1861 14,008+8.6%
1866 14,046+0.3%
1872 14,389+2.4%
1876 15,183+5.5%
1881 15,346+1.1%
1886 16,013+4.3%
1891 16,300+1.8%
1896 16,027−1.7%
1901 16,086+0.4%
1906 15,984−0.6%
1911 15,262−4.5%
1921 13,931−8.7%
1926 13,959+0.2%
1931 14,073+0.8%
1936 13,944−0.9%
1946 15,121+8.4%
1954 15,037−0.6%
1962 18,866+25.5%
1968 19,919+5.6%
1975 19,237−3.4%
1982 18,348−4.6%
1990 16,701−9.0%
1999 16,004−4.2%
2008 15,574−2.7%


Brit Air, a regional airline and Air France subsidiary, is at Morlaix Airport in Morlaix.[6] In 2013 the airline merged with HOP![7]


Morlaix has six public primary schools, four private primary schools,[8] three public junior high schools, two public senior high schools/sixth-form colleges,[9] two private junior high schools, and one public senior high/sixth-form.[10]

Public schools:

Private schools:


born in the 15th
born in the 18th
born in the 19th
Louis Le Guennec was born in the Hôtel called François du Parc.
born in the 20th

International relations

Morlaix is twinned with:

See also


  1. Touristic information at
  2. "Introduction to the Port of Morlaix - Plaisance Baie de Morlai", Retrieved on 20 May 2013.
  3. 12 - Article paru dans Morlaix Magazine de Mars 2007; Accessed 22 August 2013
  4. (French) Ofis ar Brezhoneg: Enseignement bilingue
  5. 50 Breton schoolchildren call for support, Eurolang
  6. "Présentation." Brit Air. Retrieved on 21 May 2009.
  7. "Air France Launches New Low-Cost Airline 'Hop!'." Reuters. 26 March 2013. Retrieved on 26 April 2013.
  8. "Education - Jeunesse." Morlaix. Retrieved on September 5, 2016.
  9. 1 2 3 "Les collèges et lycées publics." Morlaix. Retrieved on September 5, 2016.
  10. 1 2 3 "Les collèges et lycées privés." Morlaix. Retrieved on September 5, 2016.
  11. 1 2 "Les établissements scolaires morlaisiens." Morlaix. Retrieved on September 5, 2016.
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