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Blaye
View of the city from the Citadel.
View of the city from the Citadel.
Coat of arms of Blaye
Coat of arms
Country France
Region Nouvelle-Aquitaine
Department Gironde
Arrondissement Blaye
Canton L'Estuaire
Intercommunality Blaye
Area
1
6.42 km2 (2.48 sq mi)
Population
 (2014)
4,769
 • Density 742.8/km2 (1,923.9/sq mi)
Demonym(s) Blayais
Time zone UTC+01:00 (CET)
 • Summer (DST) UTC+02:00 (CEST)
INSEE/Postal code
33058 /33390
Elevation 0–41 m (0–135 ft)
(avg. 21 m or 69 ft)
Website www.blaye.fr
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km2 (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.

Blaye (Occitan: Blaia) is a commune in the Gironde department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine region in southwestern France. It is one of the five sub-prefectures of the department.

Geography

Blaye is on the right bank of the Gironde estuary (which is some 3 km (1.9 mi) wide at this point), 56 km (35 mi) to the southeast of Bordeaux.

The commune has an area of 6.4 km2 (2.5 sq mi), and its average altitude is 21 m (69 ft); at the city hall, the altitude is 8 m (26 ft).

Blaye and its neighboring communes
Map of the commune of Blaye

Climate

The climate of Blaye is Marine West Coast Climate (Köppen climate classification: Cfb), with mild winters and warm summers.

Population

The inhabitants of Blaye are known, in French, as Blayais (women: Blayaises).

With a population of 4,769, Blaye has a population density of 743 inhabitants/km2.

Evolution of the population in Blaye

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Administration

Blaye is a sub-prefecture of the Gironde department. It is also the capital of the arrondissement of Blaye and the administrative centre (French: chef-lieu) of the canton of L'Estuaire with 41,046 inhabitants (2014).

It is part of the intercommunality Blaye (French: Communauté de communes de Blaye).

Twin towns

Blaye is twinned with:

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