Royan tourism and travel guide

Photo of Royan in Charente-Maritime

Visit Royan: highlights and tourist information

Travel Guide  To Visit  Attractions 

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

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.

Royan is situated in the Charente-Maritime department and Poitou-Charentes region (now part of the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region), in the west of France at 60 kilometres from La Rochelle, the department capital (general information: Royan is 440 kilometres from Paris).

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

Popular places to visit nearby include Meschers-sur-Gironde at 9 km and Mornac-sur-Seudre at 10 km. For more places to visit and local tourist attractions see the map and listings below.

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Royan, France: places to visit and attractions

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

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


... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Charente-Maritime

Map of places to visit near Royan

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)

More information about Royan, Poitou-Charentes

Tourist attractions near Royan, France

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

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

Royan is in the west of France. 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