Are you planning a trip to Royan during your camping break in Châtelaillon-Plage? Browse trip ideas for you to try with your loved one, family or friends at the sea resort during your holiday in Charente-Maritime.
Things to do in Royan
Visit 5 beaches
Visit one of Royan's 5 beaches during your trip here, there's bound to be one to suit you.
- Plage de Pontaillac: With the casino looking over Plage de Pontaillac, the beach is popular among surfers and beach bums alike.
- Plage de la Grande Conche: Royan's biggest beach stretches as far as Saint-Georges-de-Didonne. It stands out for the countless villas from the Belle Epoque and 50s lining the beach.
- Plage du Pigeonnier, Plage du Chay and Plage Foncillon: These 3 little beaches are the place to unwind surrounded by villas, cliffs and "carrelets" (fishing huts).
Explore the town and its stunning architecture
Royan underwent an architectural overhaul as 85% of the town was destroyed by the Second World War and its bombs. That's why the sea resort is mainly made up of 1950s buildings and monuments alongside Belle Epoque villas.
Royan covered market
The market was built in 1955 and its scallop shell roof makes it instantly recognisable. Here you'll find an array of local produce which you can take home to your loved ones e.g. Galette Charentaise cakes, Charente wine and pineau. Once you've taken in all the market has to offer, feast your eyes on the 1958 architectural gem that is Notre-Dame Church.
Also known as the “Versailles of the Seas”, the Cordouan Lighthouse dates back to the 16th century making it one of the oldest in France. Subject to tide times, there are tours to visit the king of lighthouses and its unobstructed views.
Things to do near Royan
You can visit fascinating sites such as La Palmyre Zoo, Grottes du Régulus caves and the lovely listed villages of Talmont and Mornac near the sea resort.