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to discover

the Grande Conche

the Sea Front

Notre-Dame Church

the harbour

the Central Market

sea bathing history

the reconstruction

the evolution

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To see, north to south

The "Marais Poitevin"

La Rochelle

Island of Ré

Island of Aix



Madame Island

Island of Oléron




La Tremblade


La Palmyre









To do


Boat trips





The market


Drives through the vineyards

Drives through the marshes

Drives through the forest


To know

The Romanesque Art


The Citadel of Brouage

The Citadel of Blaye

The lighthouses

The forest of La Coubre

The marshes

The "Marais Poitevin"

The carrelets

The ostreiculture

Vine and wines

To taste






Sea food

"Terroir" products

The restaurants



Royan, a privileged site,
 at the entry of the Gironde

Royan is a lively, modern, year-round resort which is forward-looking, whilst already having about two centuries of history of sea bathing behind it.

Royan, a privileged site, at the entry of the Gironde, and at the beginning of this new 21st Century, Royan is a lively, modern, year-round resort which is forward-looking, whilst already having about two centuries of history of sea bathing behind it.

When thinking about your next holidays, visiting the region for the first time or even after many years of holidays in the area, you'll certainly want to know a little more about the most famous sea resort of the Charente-Maritime. We suggest you travel in time through the last two centuries, and discover the districts of Royan today.

The fashion of sea bathing and the "Belle Epoque"
By 1820, sea bathing became fashionable during this period, following a trend which started in England where the first sea water therapies had just begun.
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The Reconstruction, the architecture of the 50s
On January 5th, 1945, the city was practically annihilated by the allied bombardments. . The reconstruction really started in 1949.
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A town which has evolved well during the last decades of the 20th Century 
The development of Royan is inseparable from the development of its neighbours, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, Vaux-sur-Mer, La Palmyre.
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The beach of Grande Conche

La Grande Conche beach is a magnificent area of fine sand which stretches for two kilometres,  up to the cliffs of Vallières in the municipality of Saint-Georges-de-Didonne.
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The sea front
The buildings on the sea front, apartments two storeys high above the shops under the arches, form a crescent 600 metres long.
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Notre Dame Church
Notre Dame church dominates the town. Its silhouette can be seen from a distance.It was built between 1955 and 1958, facing the East
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The Harbour 
The harbour extends includes the yachting marina, the fishing port and the dock with the pier for the ferry of Pointe of Grave.
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The Central Market

It is not easy to go around the market of Royan. But when you see the covered market hall, you don’t mind at all.
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Hotel Foncillon Royan
Overlooking the bay of Royan, 50 meters away from the beach,
ideally located, close to cafés, restaurants, shops, port.


Hôtel Atlantis Royan

Hotel Atlantis is a charming hotel next to the main beach of Royan in a quiet area of the town centre.


Hotel Les Bleuets Royan

Facing the Foncillon beach, next to the City Congress Center, ideal location on Royan sea side.

Palmyre Loisirs

Hotel La Croisette Royan

In a nice and sunny setting, 200 meters from the beach, "La Croisette" welcomes you all the year.

Hotel Le Pasteur Royan

downtown Royan  in a quiet area very close to the sea, close to the famous Central Market.

Hôtel Le Richelieu

Le Richelieu Hotel in Saujon, 10 minutes away from Royan, 20 air-conditioned rooms,all different.

Camping Les Pins
Campsite at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, in a charming area.

Ma Maison de Mer
Guest House, B&B, situated in a fantastic location, 150m from the beach and 200m from the town center. Open all year

Hotel Residence de Rohan
Charming house, 3 kms away from Royan in a unique environment. By the sea, direct access to the beach

Yukadi Village Le Logis

Le Logis, under the warm Charente sun, 600 metres from the sea and 10 km from Royan, much of it situated in a pine forest

Camping des Deux Plages
Campsite at Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, close to the beaches and the town centre.

Domaine de Berthegille

Guest house, B&B, ideally located in the Romanesque Saintonge area, close to the Atlantic coast.

Le Tileuillé

Guest rooms, B&B, between Saintes and Royan, in Sablonceaux close to the famous 12th Century abbey.

Les Violettes de Malleville

Guest rooms, B&B, between Saintes and Royan among fields, vineyards and woods, in a typical Charentaise house.

Château de Mouillepied
Guest house, in a castle built in the 15th and 18th century, restored keeping in character, between Saintes and Royan, Charente valley.

La Rivière

Guest rooms, B&B, in the heart of  Saintonge Romane, close to Saintes.

Le Haras du Grand Gatérat

In Saintes, Guest house, B&B, in a 17th C house. Four spacious and comfortable guest rooms.

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