Royan has a long history as a seaside resort and benefits from a micro-climate on a par with the Mediterranean coast. It was one of the very first resorts in France to arise from the newly discovered fashion for sea-bathing at the start of the 20th century. Today it remains very much a place that the French choose when they go on holiday.
Royan – the beaches
Fantastic Atlantic coast beaches stretch for several kilometres either side of the town and are arguably the finest in France. They offer a choice ranging from child-friendly beaches near the town to the wild unspoilt beauty of the Cote Sauvage. La Grande Côte, the Gironde, Grave Point, Cordouan Lighthouse, Coubre Point and its lighthouse make for an impressive panorama.
Church of Notre Dame de Royan
This church in reinforced concrete covered in a layer of resin was built in 1958 by Guillaume Gillet and Hébrard. Note how the chevet seems to bow as you look up – an effect accentuated by the 65m-high bell-tower.
Royan Central Market
The covered market, with its great dome divided into concrete segments 50 metres in diameter, is worth seeing.
La Palmyre Zoo
Nestled at the heart of an 18-hectare pine forest, the Zoo de La Palmyre is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the Charente-Maritime. Every year some 700,000 visitors follow its pathways in order to observe more than 1,600 mammals, birds and reptiles from 115 different species.
And why not stay longer in France and enjoy Cognac and Bordeaux Tasting visits?
Have a look at the Venue Map, Royan is so close to these legendary places.