Royan, in Charente-Maritime, is one of the main seaside resorts of the French Atlantic coast. Opened on the estuary of the Gironde and the ocean, it is a renowned holiday resort since the 19th century for its beaches of fine sand and its generous sunshine.
Ideal for swimming, Royan has five beaches labeled Pavillon Bleu appreciated for the quality of their waters and for their specific shapes, called conches, which protect them from the wind. There are numerous water sports and seaside activities.
The Grande Conche beach is a vast expanse of fine sand located in the heart of the city center, which stretches from the waterfront to the point of Vallières. It benefits from the Tourism and Handicap label and provides free tiralo or hippocampus for people with reduced mobility.
A little further along the seafront and the marina up to the ferry dock, you will discover the beach of Foncillon below the Palais des Congrès. More intimate, the beaches of Chay and Pigeonnier are surrounded by Beautiful villas and offers a beautiful view on the estuary and the tip of the Verdon. Finally, the trendy area of Pontaillac has a beautiful beach on which the casino is located, offering magnificent panoramic views of the beautiful mansions which line the beach, the plaices and on the horizon the king of the lighthouses, the Lighthouse of Cordouan. Famous spot for the amateurs of sliding, the district is also know for its animations, its cafes and its restaurants.
These family beaches offer the advantage of a supervised swimming from mid-June to early September. And to stay connected whatever happens, they all benefit of free wifi access. For even more comfort, rent deckchairs, or a beach tent and sunbathe on one of Royan city beaches.
By ascending the estuary from Meschers-sur-Gironde to Saint Palais-sur-mer, the coast offers a succession of conches and rocks punctuated with plaice, ideal place for family vacation. Further away, an ocean of maritime pines borders the beautiful beach of the Grande Cote, on which emerge some blockhouses, vestiges of the Second World War.
You will be able to borrow cycling paths which will lead you to the Cote Sauvage, vast expanse of about twenty kilometers of fine sand, through the pine forest from where emerges the La Coubre Lighthouse. Surfing enthusiasts come here looking for the thrills of the waves of the Atlantic Ocean, but we recommend you to be very careful if you swim outside the supervised areas during the summer.
To start the holidays or to extend them, discover the webcams on the beaches of Royan.