Royan has a long history as a seaside resort and benefits from a micro-climate on a par with the Mediterranean coast. It was one of the very first resorts in France to arise from the newly discovered fashion for sea-bathing at the start of the 20th century. Today it remains very much a place that the French choose when they go on holiday. Royan - the beaches Fantastic Atlantic coast beaches stretch for several kilometres either side of the town and are arguably the finest in France. They offer a choice ranging from child-friendly beaches near the town to the wild unspoilt beauty of the Cote Sauvage where you can find tranquility even in the height of the season. The Guide describes all the best local beaches with locations, nearby facilities, where to find parking and which are good for surfing and which are good for just lazing in the sun. Splendid as they are, there is a lot more to Royan than just the beaches and you should certainly take the time to visit some of the nearby towns and villages, explore the countryside, take in some of the tourist attractions and of course try some local cognacs..... La Rochelle, Ile de Ré, Ile d'Oléron, Bordeaux, Cognac and Saintes are all close by as are vineyards, oyster beds, the Gironde and small fishing ports. Great restaurants, markets and friendly people.
The climate is oceanic: the pluviometry is relatively moderate in autumn and in winter and the winters are sweet. The summer remains moderate thanks to the marine breeze. Two winds coming from the ocean, the noroît and the suroît, blow along the coast of the department. Insolation is very important: with 2250 hours a year, it is comparable to the French Riviera.
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It is a seaside resort town on France’s Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Gironde estuary. Beaches include the sprawling, south-facing La Grande Conche with its sheltered waters. The town also has belle époque villas and modern, post-war architecture like the concrete Notre-Dame de Royan church. The grand Cordouan Lighthouse stands on an islet in the estuary, accessible by ferry.