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Royan (Saintongeais: Roeyan) is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.

A seaside resort, Royan is in the heart of an urban area estimated at 38,638 inhabitants, which makes it the fourth-largest conurbation in the department after La Rochelle, Rochefort and Saintes. Capital of the « Côte de beauté », the city is located at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, the largest estuary in Europe. Royan has five sandy beaches, a marina and a fishing port.


Royan is a seaside resort situated in the west of the department of Charente-Maritime, in the former province of Saintonge. It occupies a site on the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, on the eastern side, near the Atlantic coast. Along the coast limestone cliffs and beaches, locally called conches, alternate.


The city of Royan is built on a calcareous plateau of rocks dating from the Cretaceous Period (approximately 150 million years), limited to the North by the swamps of Pousseau and on the West by the swamps of Pontaillac. The formation of the estuary, the cliffs and the conches occurred approximately 65 million years ago, as the birth of the Alps and Pyrenees creased the coats of limestone.



Royan is situated approximately 65 kilometres from the départemental prefecture, La Rochelle (via the départemental road 733 and national road 137), 98 kilometres from Bordeaux (by départemental road 730 and freeway A10) and 507 kilometres from Paris. The RN150 allows a...
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