Bay of Biscay

The Bay of Biscay (/ˈbɪsk, -ki/; French: Golfe de Gascogne, Spanish: Golfo de Vizcaya, Basque: Bizkaiko Golkoa, Occitan: Golf de Gasconha, Breton: Pleg-mor Gwaskogn) is a gulf of the northeast Atlantic Ocean located south of the Celtic Sea. It lies along the western coast of France from Point Penmarc'h to the Spanish border, and the northern coast of Spain west to Cape Ortegal.

Bay of Biscay
Spanish coastline
Bathymetric map
LocationWestern Europe and Southern Europe
Coordinates
TypeGulf
Ocean/sea sourcesAtlantic Ocean
Basin countriesFrance and Spain
Max. length593.7 km (368.9 mi)
Max. width511.1 km (317.6 mi)
Surface area223,000 km2 (86,000 sq mi)
Average depth1,744 m (5,722 ft)
Max. depth4,735 m (15,535 ft)
Water volume389,000 km3 (93,000 cu mi)
Salinity35 g.L−1
Map of the Bay of Biscay

The south area of the Bay of Biscay washes over the northern coast of Spain and is known as the Cantabrian Sea.

The average depth is 1,744 m (5,722 ft) and the greatest depth is 4,735 m (15,535 ft).[1]