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RoyanFrance

Water sports, culture, villas with an old-fashioned charm and delicious seafood: welcome to the Côte de Beauté!

In the heart of the Arvert peninsula, Royan is famous for its sun-drenched beaches, which are prefect for taking it easy... and much more! Having been destroyed by the bombing raids of the Second World War, the town was rebuilt in a modern style, which contrasts with the mellow lines of the lavish "Belle époque" villas in the Pontaillac and Oasis districts. These elegant buildings are a reminder of the glory days of this town of art and history, where Zola, Picasso and Sacha Guitry once lived.

The lively town centre is packed with restaurants, bars and shops and is easy to get around on foot, by bicycle and even on a little train! Start your visit at the amazing Notre-Dame Church, which was built entirely out of concrete in the 1950s and is considered a masterpiece of modernist architecture. To discover all the region's culinary treasures, continue to the Central Market, the avant-garde structure of which is reminiscent of a seashell. Inside, producers will let you taste Charente-Maritime specialities, such as jonchée (cheese), Pineau des Charentes or oysters. Treat your taste buds! History and culture buffs won't want to miss the Royan Museum, which tells of the town's history and hosts several art exhibitions throughout the year.

After a swim at the beaches of Grande-Conche or Pontaillac, try your luck at the casino, which looks out over the sea. Place your bets! Royan is also perfect for thrill-seekers, with sailing, surfing, jet-skiing and diving all available! If you can't resist the call of the sea, hire a catamaran or treat yourself to a sea-fishing trip with friends. This will also give you the chance to admire the fantastic 15th-century Cordouan Lighthouse, which boasts a stunning view over the Gironde Estuary and the Pointe de la Coubre. Once back on dry land, you can perfect your swing at Royan Golf Club or spend some quality family time at La Palmyre Zoo. And if you prefer a good Bordeaux, take the ferry across the estuary to Verdon, you starting point to discover Médoc wines.

Royan has a typical Aquitaine oceanic climate, which means mild winters and rather hot summers. But beware, the town is very popular in July and August!

To get to Royan, take the A10 motorway from Paris or Bordeaux, or the D77 from La Rochelle, which is also where the nearest airport is located, with links to several UK airports.

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Top hotels in Royan

Hôtel & Spa Cordouan by Thalazur
Hôtel & Spa Cordouan by Thalazur
4 out of 5
The price is £117 per night from 21 Jan to 22 Jan

Situated by the ocean, this spa hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Royan Church of Notre-Dame, Pontaillac Beach and Place Charles de Gaulle. Royan Beach and Nauzan ...

4.1/5Very Good! (268 reviews)
Exceptional

"Love this hotel and stay here often. It is well situated between the town with shops, restaurants and market (10 min walk) and Pontaillac with it's beach front casino, shops and restaurants (15-20 min walk). Rooms are well appointed, spacious and clean. There is a Spa with steam room, sauna, jacuzzi ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Dec 2019

Hôtel & Spa Cordouan by Thalazur
Best Western Hotel Royan Ocean
Best Western Hotel Royan Ocean
3 out of 5
The price is £63 per night from 7 Feb to 8 Feb

Located in Royan, this beachfront hotel is in the city centre, just steps away from Congree Centre and Foncillon Beach. Port Royan and Palmyre Zoo are also within ...

4.1/5Very Good! (142 reviews)
Close to beach and parking

"Directly opposite the beach, quiet, plenty of off street parking available when we were there. Short walk to all the restaurants and bars. Air con good. Pleasing staff."…"

Reviewed on 29 Jul 2020

Best Western Hotel Royan Ocean
Hôtel Beau Rivage
Hôtel Beau Rivage
2 out of 5
9 Facade De Foncillon, Royan
The price is £59 per night from 18 Jan to 19 Jan

Situated in Royan, this beach hotel is steps away from Congree Centre and Foncillon Beach. Port Royan and Royan Church of Notre-Dame are also within 10 minutes. ...

3.9/5Very Good! (67 reviews)
Good location great view

"Overall good hotel close to the beech -the room was an upgrade so had belcony with sea view -it was clean but basic and probably not one of there best rooms as it looks like there slowly doing up the rooms but for the price we paid we were happy with the room the only gripe was no shower screen or ..."…"

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2018

Hôtel Beau Rivage
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

Top Holiday Rentals in Royan

Beautiful Apartment for 4 Guests With Wifi, TV and Balcony
Beautiful Apartment for 4 Guests With Wifi, TV and Balcony
Rue Pierre Jonain, 1, Royan, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Situated by the ocean, this apartment building is steps away from Congree Centre and Foncillon Beach. Port Royan and Royan Church of Notre-Dame are also within ...

Beautiful Apartment for 4 Guests With Wifi, TV and Balcony
Villa Belle Epoque Parc de Royan - 200 m sea and Shops - 500 m Train Station -
Villa Belle Epoque Parc de Royan - 200 m sea and Shops - 500 m Train Station -
44 Avenue de l'Oasis, Royan, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Located in the heart of Royan, this historic villa is within a 15-minute walk of Royan Beach and Planet Exotica. Place Charles de Gaulle and Congree Centre are ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (10 reviews)
August fun in the sun 2019

"Lovely house ... lovely location.200 meters from the beach great local shops including marche de parc , well furnished house with plenty of character.. Accommodating 2 families (10 people in total) .. minor inconvenience being having to make up the beds on arrival after a long journey , the quality ..."…"

Reviewed on 8 Sep 2019

Villa Belle Epoque Parc de Royan - 200 m sea and Shops - 500 m Train Station -
Charming Apartment. 50m From the Beach, 30m2
Charming Apartment. 50m From the Beach, 30m2
Royan, Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Located in the heart of Royan, this apartment building is within a 10-minute walk of Royan Beach and Place Charles de Gaulle. Planet Exotica and Congree Centre ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (2 reviews)
Très bonne location

"Bon acceuil par la propriétaire appartement idéalement situé par rapport à la mer et au centre ville tout est à proximité. Location propre et soignée, je recommande vivement."…"

Reviewed on 2 Aug 2020

Charming Apartment. 50m From the Beach, 30m2
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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