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Royan

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime

Royan - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Charente-Maritime
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Located in Charente-Maritime, Royan is a historic seaside resort that has 5 sandy beaches protected from the wind, between the Gironde estuary and the Atlantic Ocean.

"The most 50 city in France" offers an amazing architectural diversity that the Tourist Office offers you to discover through his many tours. The city has been awarded the "cities of art and history" in late 2010.

Royan has advantages with its marina in the heart of the city, its thalassotherapy institute and casino. It also offers many activities and entertainment for the whole family.

The ideal destination for your next vacation!

Geographical information

MunicipalityRoyan
Postcode17200
Tourism labels
Latitude45.6333325 (N 45° 37’ 60”)
Longitude-1.0333351 (W 1° 2’ 0”)
Surface area19.30 km²
Population18389 inhabitants
Density952 inhabitants/km²
PrefectureLa Rochelle (73 km, 1h11)
Insee code17306
IntercommunalityCA Royan Atlantique
DepartmentCharente-Maritime
RegionPoitou-Charentes

Nearest cities & towns

Vaux-sur-Mer2.3 km (5 min)
Saint-Palais-sur-Mer4.9 km (10 min)
Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan4.9 km (9 min)
Saint-Georges-de-Didonne5.3 km (13 min)
Médis7.4 km (13 min)
L'Éguille9.3 km (12 min)
Breuillet9.3 km (13 min)
Saint-Augustin10.9 km (15 min)
Le Verdon-sur-Mer11.7 km (46 min)
Saujon11.9 km (18 min)
Mornac-sur-Seudre12.9 km (20 min)
Semussac12.9 km (16 min)
Meschers-sur-Gironde13.2 km (16 min)

Things to see and do

Royan has a unique architectural heritage consisting of villas of the Belle Epoque and emblematic monuments symbol of the reconstruction of the 50: Notre Dame, Trocadero, central market... Its turbulent history is traced back Royan Museum.

Royan is also a lively resort that has a Thalassotherapy Institute, a casino, a Garden Tennis complex boasts a unique location, a port over 1000 rings in the heart of city.

It also offers many opportunities for sports, recreation and discovery walks and sea fishing, golf, adventure park in the trees, balloon, planet Exotica, karting and of course many water activities.

Places of interest

Information points
Leisure centres
Monuments
Performance halls
Transport

Events and festivities

Escale Festival of Humor in February.

Architecture Month in April.

Festival of Urban Sports: in June.

The Dream of Icarus: in June (every 2 years).

Festival Fiddler on the Sand: July.

Pyro-symphony show in August.

Triath'long Beauty Coast in September.

12h, 24h and 48h Royan: October (runners and walkers).

Festival of Lights: in December.

Skating rink in the open air: in December and January.

Photos

Plage Grande Conche (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
Plage Grande Conche (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Pontaillac Beach (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
Pontaillac Beach (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Seaside Villas (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
Seaside Villas (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Beach cabanas (© Office Tourism - Mr. Chaigneau)
Beach cabanas (© Office Tourism - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Beach of the Grande Côte (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
Beach of the Grande Côte (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Maine Gaudin Golf (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
Maine Gaudin Golf (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Royan Bac-Le Verdon (© Tourist Office - FRC.photographie)
Royan Bac-Le Verdon (© Tourist Office - FRC.photographie)
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Cordouan Lighthouse (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
Cordouan Lighthouse (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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central market (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
central market (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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convention center (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
convention center (© Tourist Office - Mr. Chaigneau)
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Royan, destination Coast of beauty
Royan, destination Coast of beauty
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Zoo of Palmyre, troglodyte caves of Meschers-sur-Gironde, Talmont-sur-Gironde and Mornac-sur-Seudre, villages classified among the most beautiful villages in France.

Leisure activities

Last nameActivity typeRateCity
See the Arvert peninsula from the sky
Entertainment40 € Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan (7 km)
Flight over the Médoc region in a pendular microlight
Sports sensations50 € to 120 € Soulac-sur-Mer (16.1 km)
Horse or pony ride in the forest and on the beach
Sports sensations20 € to 38 € Ronce-les-Bains (19.7 km)
Adventure Park
Entertainment17 € Vendays-Montalivet (30 km)
Noisettines du Médoc tasting
Local flavoursFreeBlaignan (36 km)

Outings

Last nameOuting typeDifficultyDurationDeparture municipality
Chemin des Mottes
Village visitEasy1h00Le Gua (12.9 km)
Cité de l'Huître (oyster museum)
Cycling itineraryEasy2h00Marennes (21 km)
The Saint-Trojan miniature train
Rail itineraryEasy1h30Saint-Trojan-les-Bains (26 km)

Restaurants

Bed & breakfasts

Vacation rentals

Campsites

Hotels