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Royan, the Côte Sauvage and the Côte de Beauté

Discover Royan, a multifaceted seaside resort on the Côte de Beauté

Royan, one of the key seaside resorts on the French Atlantic coast, will amaze you with its beaches and 1950s architecture

Royan, a seaside resort with a unique architectural heritage.

Between the ocean and the Gironde estruary, with its many beaches and its casino, Royan is not only a family-friendly resort, but will surprise you with its originality and unique style.

Largely destroyed during the Second World War, Royan became an open-air workshop for the architects of the 1950s. The city is now the most typically 1950s city in France!

As you can see with the grandeur of its Notre Dame church or the light that reflects off of the covered market, the most innovative and avant-garde architects stretched the imagination to make Royan a modern masterpiece.

Along the coast, cubic and colourful houses and opulent and bourgeois villas come together as part of the city, classified as the “City of Art and History”, with incomparable charm.

Close your eyes and imagine yourself in Brasilia, the Mecca of the 1950s, where everything came from the wildest dreams of the architect Niemeyer. And yes, Royan is sometimes like Brazil…

Royan, a multifaceted seaside resort.

You will also love Royan for the quality of its beaches: The fine sand Grande Conche beach, which is very lively during the summer period at the heart of the city, will entice both young and old looking for a an enjoyable time, to put their feet in the water, just like the famous Pontaillac beach and its casino.

But the city is also brimming with small beaches that are more intimate, with coves and conches (Le Chay, Le Pigeonnier), which offer a simply magnificent setting… continue your journey towards the nearby seaside resorts: Saint Georges de Didonne, Saint Palais sur Mer and Vaux sur Mer, each of which has an individual identity and panoramas that create great holidays…

Discover the surroundings of Royan, the Côte Sauvage and the Phare de Cordouan.

Further north, there is a different, wilder panorama, which will dazzle you: the Côte Sauvage and the pine forest of Coubre, and grounds for the hikers and the cyclists.

The Côte de Beauté is situated on the Vélodyssée, the Atlantic cycling route, and many campsites will host you for an unforgettable holiday.

At the heart of an incredible area, you can make a detour to La Palmyre, Bonne Anse or le Phare de la Coubre before reaching Ronce-les Bains. On this coast, vast sandy beaches await you.

Above all you must not leave without having visited the Phare de Cordouan, the last sea lighthouse still open to the public. The site has been registered, since 2002, on the list of monuments that are shortlisted for UNESCO World Heritage Sites, and Cordouan will secure its application in 2015..

To visit the lighthouse, take a boat leaving from Royan or Meschers sur Gironde and embark upon an unforgettable experience.

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