The harbour in Houat

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Coordinates: 47°23′25″N 2°57′22″W / 47.3903°N 2.9561°W / 47.3903; -2.9561Coordinates: 47°23′25″N 2°57′22″W / 47.3903°N 2.9561°W / 47.3903; -2.9561
Country France
Region Brittany
Department Morbihan
Arrondissement Lorient
Canton Quiberon
  Mayor (2008—2014) Joseph Le Gurun
Area1 2.91 km2 (1.12 sq mi)
Population (1999)2 335
  Density 120/km2 (300/sq mi)
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
INSEE/Postal code 56086 / 56170
Elevation 0–42 m (0–138 ft)
(avg. 27 m or 89 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.

Houat (Enez Houad in Breton) is a French island off the south coast of Brittany in the department of Morbihan. It is located, along with two other major islands, in the entrance to the Baie de Quiberon. Its "twin sister" island is Hoëdic.

Administratively, Île-d'Houat is a commune of the Morbihan department.


5 km (3.1 mi) long, 1.5 km (0.93 mi) at the widest. The island is mostly granite cliffs except for a long beach lined with dunes on the eastern coast.


Inhabitants of Île-d'Houat are called Houatais.


Houat is the setting for Iain Pears' 2005 novel The Portrait.

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