Five sandy bays, fabulous leisure facilities, and more than 2,600 hours of sunshine a year combine to make Royan one of the most popular seaside resorts on the French Atlantic coast.

The largest resort between La Baule and Biarritz, Royan has been attracting holidaymakers since the late 19th century. Many flamboyant ‘Belle Epoque’ properties were lost during World War Two, but the town was extensively rebuilt in the 1950s.

Today it’s a unique mix of elegant villas and minimalist urban design. Discover Royan’s architectural gems on a self-guided audio tour from the Tourist Office. Highlights include the extraordinary concrete church of Notre Dame, built to resemble a ship.

Royan’s five golden beaches range from secluded coves to broad arcs of golden sand, all in the heart of the town. And when you fancy a change, you’ll be spoilt for choice, whether holidaying as a couple or a family.

Visit the exotic butterflies of the Jardins du Monde; play a round of golf; or hire bicycles. Browse the covered food market; enjoy a thalassotherapy treatment; or take a cruise into the Gironde estuary.  Then as the sun sets, settle down to a relaxing meal or try your luck at the casino.

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