Royan tourism and travel guide

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France This Way comment: At Royan you will enjoy the beaches and also the promenade along the seafront

Royan is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Nouvelle-Aquitaine region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Royan. For detailed visitor information see the Royan travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Royan include "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Royan in Nouvelle-Aquitaine.

Popular places to visit nearby include Meschers-sur-Gironde at 9 km and Mornac-sur-Seudre at 10 km.

Royan, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Le Verdon-sur-Mer

Le Verdon-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 9 km (direction south-south-west), in the Gironde department

The small resort of Le Verdon-sur-Mer is quiet but has long sandy...

See Le Verdon-sur-Mer guide


at 9 km (direction south-east)

The beaches and rocky coast attract visitors to Meschers, and you can...

See Meschers-sur-Gironde guide


Most Beautiful Village at 10 km (direction south-east)

Not far from Royan the centre of Mornac-sur-Seudre is attractive and very...

See Mornac-sur-Seudre guide


Most Beautiful Village at 13 km (direction south-east)

Talmont-sur-Gironde is one of the prettiest villages in Charente-Maritime, well known for...

See Talmont guide
La Palmyre

La Palmyre

at 14 km (direction north-west)

You will find a beach at La Palmyre but it is best...

See La Palmyre guide


Seaside resort at 15 km (direction south-west), in the Gironde department

Soulac-sur-Mer is a long established beach resort at the north of the...

See Soulac-sur-Mer guide
La Tremblade

La Tremblade

Seaside resort at 19 km (direction north-west)

Visit the beach and port at La Tremblade, and explore the sand...

See La Tremblade guide


at 22 km (direction south), in the Gironde department

While Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc would not be considered a tourist destination, you might like...

See Saint-Vivien-de-Medoc guide


Seaside resort at 22 km (direction north-west)

Ronce-les-Bains is a long established resort with several beaches nearby, and an...

See Ronce-les-Bains guide


at 25 km (direction north-north-west)

The town of Brouage is visited for the substantial fortifications and citadel,...

See Brouage guide


Seaside resort at 30 km (direction south), in the Gironde department

The resort of Montaliver has a 12 kilometre beach, and has been...

See Montalivet guide


at 33 km (direction east-north-east)

The town of Saintes is very interesting, with an extensive old-town to...

See Saintes guide


at 36 km (direction east-north-east)

Rochefort is an attractive 18th century town with a famous corderie, where...

See Rochefort guide


at 36 km (direction south-south-east), in the Gironde department

A small town in Medoc, at Lesparre-Medoc you can see the remains...

See Lesparre-Medoc guide

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Markets in and near Royan

Market days in Royan: weekly market: every day except Monday;

  • Royan: market every day except Monday (0km)
  • Vaux sur Mer: market Sunday, Tuesday, Wednesday - seasonal market only (3km)
  • Vaux sur Mer: market Monday (3km)
  • Saint Georges de Didonne: market all days exc. Thursday - seasonal market only (3km)
  • Saint Georges de Didonne: market Sunday and Monday (3km)
  • Breuillet: market Thursday & Sunday (8km)
  • Meschers-sur-Gironde: market Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - seasonal market only (9km)
  • Saujon: market every day except Monday and Friday (9km)
  • Les Mathes: market every day except Monday (14km)
  • Cozes: market Wednesday (15km)

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Tourist attractions near Royan, France

What to do at Royan? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Royan.

Grand sites of France

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

Churches and religious monuments

  • Abbaye aux Dames de Saintes (Saintes) (34km)
  • Eglise de Saint-Savinien (Fenioux) (44km)
  • Abbaye de Fontdouce (Saint-Bris-des-Bois) (47km)

Remarkable gardens

  • La Roche Courbon (29km)
  • Parcs et jardins du château de Beaulon (33km)
  • Jardins de la Boirie (42km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Pointe de Suzac (3km)
  • Forêt de Suzac (6km)
  • Pointe de Grave (11km)
  • Pointe de la Coubre (18km)
  • Forêt domaniale de la Coubre (20km)
  • Hiers-Brouage (25km)
  • Forêt de Saint-Trojan (28km)
  • Forêt de la Lande (35km)
  • Forêt de Pons (37km)

Towns of Art and history

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Zoo de la Palmyre (13km)

Geography and distances

Royan is in the west of France at 60 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Royan is 440 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Royan

Canton: Royan

Arrondissement: Rochefort

Department: Charente-Maritime

Region: Poitou-Charentes

New region: Nouvelle-Aquitaine

Postcode: 17200

Distance to Royan

from La Rochelle (prefecture): 60 km

from Paris: 440 km

from Calais: 629 km

from Nice: 689 km

from Bordeaux: 94 km

from Strasbourg: 740 km

Getting here

Most visitors will arrive by car typically from a channel ferry ports such as Saint Malo, Caen or Cherbourg, a drive af about 4-5 hours. For driving distances to Royan from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Medis, Saint-Augustin, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne, Saint-Palais-sur-Mer, Saint-Sulpice-de-Royan and Vaux-sur-Mer.

This page in French: Visiter Royan