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ROYAN

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With its beaches and large and small sandy coves right in the centre of town, Royan can be proud of its image as a small seaside paradise. Aside from the generous sun, the holiday makers appreciate the quality of the beaches and especially the “conches” - small crescents of sand nestled in the cracks of rock and protected from the wind.

Blue and white striped tents are the emblem of the Grande Conche beaches where children love to play. Opposite the Congress Centre and looking out over the Foncillon beach is an open-air sea-water swimming pool. From this cove, a picturesque ledge leads you to the pretty beaches of Chay and Pigeonnier before arriving at the Pontaillac beach where surfers ride the waves at the foot of the Casino.


Marina

Situated in the centre of town, this is one of the biggest marinas on the Atlantic Coast alongside Arcachon and La Rochelle. This deep water port is sheltered from the wind and protected by the ferry landing stage, from where the Gironde can be crossed. It has more than a thousand berths for boats measuring up to twenty-five metres... At the end of the jetties, ropes are cast off for boats making day trips on the protected waters of the Gironde. Ship chandlers, artisans, boutiques, art galleries, terraces and pergolas, cafes and restaurants are nestled under the port’s arches which were renovated in 2008. It is pleasant to wander about in this attractive and harmonious area.


Fishing Port

With a fleet of around thirty fishing boats, the fishing port specialises in the finest species of fish. Sole, sea bass and meagre make up most of the produce at the fish market. While nets are used to catch sole, sea bass and meagre are line caught. Responsible fishing is practised using limited and selective quotas. The fish market is open to wholesalers and retailers and has been computerised. The fish is cleaned, graded, packaged, weighed and labelled without ever making direct contact with the ice. This preserves the continuity of the food chain and therefore the freshness of the fish. Fine species, responsible fishing, model fish market, a standard of quality recognised by professionals.


Disabled

The Tourisme et Handicap label is a State trademark filed with the INPI (National Industrial Property Institute). It was created in 2001 by the minister in charge of Tourism in the context of a policy of creating accessible holidays for everyone and integrating disabled people. It identifies the amenities and the tourist sites accessible to people with motor, visual, auditory or mental impairments.

The label fulfils 2 main objectives:

- developing an adapted tourism solution

- expecting the legal obligation of accessibility

It gives disabled people with specific needs reliable, objective and homogenous information on the accessibility of places, amenities and tourist services.


The regattas in Royan bay and the estuary put a ballet of white wings on the horizon. In mid-July the port welcomes the annual yachting race - the Tour de France à la Voile.

On the beaches, the kite masters implore the wind to guide their material wings and to lead the dance. Kiting is a beach sport, an Asian tradition and a thousand-year-old art form but it has also become a real sport of passion, fun, but also sometimes physically demanding.


After the 1945 bombings, the urban infrastructure was entirely rethought, aerated and underscored by a greater perspective. You cannot leave Royan, this living museum of 1950’s architecture and urbanism, without entering the seafront portico and visiting the “prow of the city” conceived by Guillaume Gillet: the Notre-Dame church, the fine concrete veil that covers the nave is of an undeniable technical and aesthetical prowess.

The sobriety and asceticism impregnate the protestant centre, its parvis and its church. With its parachute-like appearance, the covered market - a shell made up of a concrete net resting on thirteen supports - completes the perspective of the estuary.

This technical experimentation also found success in the construction of the Congress Centre with its subtle game of light between convex surfaces and vertical and horizontal planes.


Around Royan

From the haughty solitude of the Cordouan lighthouse to the hillsides overlooking the estuary, from the roads and paths which cross the pine forest to the shimmering checkerboard of the Seudre oyster farms, each village has something to offer. This offering is  often a Roman church along the Way of Saint James.

Talmont-sur-Gironde

The last stage before crossing the estuary, Sainte-Radegonde de Talmont-sur-Gironde is perched on its promontory which is subject to continual wear by the sea. Its architecture, the sobriety and purity of its nave and its sculpted decor are joys of Saintongeais Roman art that are not to be missed. It is a great pleasure to wander through the small holly hock lined streets of this ancient walled town.

Meschers

Born out of sea and wind erosion, the Meschers cliffs overhang the estuary for more than a kilometre. Forgers, pirates, pillagers and Huguenots in hiding have found refuge in the cliffs. Poor fisher families and some hardened loners went to live in the grottos above the sea and the waves.

Saint-Georges-de-Didonne

Family resort dedicated to seawater baths, Saint-George-de-Didonne offers holidaymaker's a long stretch of golden sand not far from the lighthouse, le phare de Rois, in Cordouan that is reached via ferry from the landing stage at the Royan port. The oldest stone and light sentinel in France has a guard room like in a castle, a throne room and a chapel.

Vaux-sur-Mer

Near Royan, Vaux-sur-Mer has kept the allure of a large rural town with its Roman church near its old cemetery,in the shadow of elms and cypress trees.

Saint-Palais-sur-Mer

With its confident beaches, impressive cliffs chiseled by erosion from the sea, coastline edged with fine sand coves, villas surrounded by pine trees, the Saint-Palais resort has character.

La Palmyre

After passing a pine forest you will arrive at La Palmyre, seaside resort renowned for having the most visited private zoo in France. Nearly 1600 animals roam in 14 hectares of pine forest! Down with the old-fashioned zoos! However, the fun of a family trip to the park must not overshadow the important role of the zoo in preserving endangered species.


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