Gironde Estuary

Nestled on the eastern shore of the Gironde Estuary, Royan and neighbouring St-Georges de Didonne both carry the coveted Family-Plus label for their family-friendly facilities.   

Go west from Royan to enjoy the stylish resort of St-Palais-sur-Mer where Belle Epoque villas still dot the quiet bay and tree-covered headlands. For a picturesque walk, follow the Customs Path along the shore.  

The nearby zoo of La Palmyre is one of Europe’s largest, whilst the pine forest of La Coubre is a haven for walkers and cyclists with spectacular views across the sand dunes of the Côte Sauvage. Climb to the top of the Courbre lighthouse on the tip of the Arvert Peninsula for spectacular views over coast and countryside.

There are more great views from the Cordouan lighthouse in the mouth of the Gironde estuary. France’s oldest lighthouse, it stands on a rocky island 11km from Royan and can be accessed by boat at low tide.

East of Royan, explore the fishing village of Meschers-sur-Gironde and take a guided tour of cave houses hollowed out of the cliffs. Nearby Talmont-sur-Gironde is another must – one of France’s Most Beautiful Villages with its clifftop Romanesque church and narrow streets of whitewashed houses, dotted with craft shops. 

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