Royan at the mouth of the Gironde is popular holiday resort on the Atlantic coast. The town was re-built as much of it was destroyed by bombing in the Second World War.
The coast is divided into small bays and conches; you can choose to relax and enjoy the beaches
, have a sea-side holiday or use the resort as a base to explore the surrounding area.
You will want to spend some time on the Grande Conche, the town’s main beach; it stretches for about two kilometres. You will notice the striped tents you can hire one from the office on the beach, they are an attractive feature as well as been useful. You can swim, sunbathe, relax on the beach and indulge in some water sports if you feel the need to do something more energetic on your holiday.
You may like to take a walk or cycle ride
along the beach area which has been tailored for both uses either way you will see some of the architectural heritage
of Royan in the splendid 19th century mansions and villas. You can follow the shore up to Grande Côbe; the coast here is where you will find some beautiful bays and sandy beaches. Royans seafront curves around the Grande Conche you will see the semi-circular buildings some with shops underneath.
As you stroll around you will come to the Port you can watch the fishing boats and trawlers coming in and out, admire the yachts in the marina. If you want to take a boat trip they are available here in the summer months. A popular excursion is out to Cordouan lighthouse which is about 200ft high and stands on a rock seven and a half miles approximately from Royan. You can also take the ferry to the promontory on the other side of the Gironde to Pointe de Grave. There is a bicycle trail; you can take the coast route to the Bay of Arcaechon.
Back in Royan you will find there are a variety of crêperies, snack bars and brasseries to get food and refreshments to sit out relax and enjoy your free time. Sea food is very popular here and you will find some good restaurants that specialize in sea-food dishes. If you are self catering you should head for the large covered in market halls where you can purchase fresh fish, fruit and vegetables etc. One sight worth seeing in Royan is the Notre-Dame church which fairly dominates the town. It was built in the 1950’s in the same district as the original one which was destroyed in World War II. It is an imposing concrete building; the spire of the belfry is approximately 65metres high. The interior is just as appealing with a beautiful stained glass window.
If you are on holiday with children you might consider a visit to La Palmyre Zoo which is about 10km away, the zoo is set in a beautiful pine forest, Fôret de la Courbe, and the zoos location provides a lovely home for the animals. There are gorillas, elephants, wild cats and much more all housed in spacious enclosures, buses run regularly from the town if you prefer to leave your car at the resort.
You should find plenty to occupy you in Royan and around to enable you to have an interesting and enjoyable holiday