In addition to its stretches of fine sand, the Pays Royannais is a land where history, built heritage and culture make the richness of the destination. We set off to discover the past to better understand the coast today.

Royan Atlantique, a destination marked by its history

The presence of Man in Saintonge is not new. Indeed, its trace goes back to Antiquity. For proof: Fa archaeological site, Gallo-Roman site in the town of Barzan. Man has left behind a rich heritage and culture over the centuries. On the Gironde estuary, the troglodyte habitats are the legacy. On the Seudre side, here too the landscapes have been shaped by man, initially for salt farming and more recently for the development of oyster farming. 

Closer to home, the legacy of sea bathing gave rise to the seaside resorts we know today. I'Belle Epoque architecture predominates in particular on Boulevard Garnier de Royan. History has not always been easy with the country of Royan. The Second World War leaves behind the remnants of the Atlantic Wall.

Built heritage and villages of character

Cordouan Lighthouse

From the Coubre lighthouse in the town of La Tremblade to the Romanesque church of Corme-Écluse via the 50s-style Boomerang villa in the Royan park, the Destination Royan Atlantique conceals architectural treasures. We let ourselves be surprised by an exceptional maritime heritage, an atypical architectural mix where Belle Epoque villas rub shoulders with those of the 50s and the predominant presence of Saintonge Romanesque art in the hinterland of Royan. 

Beyond this rich heritage, the character of our small Charente villages where craftsmen, shops and hollyhocks meet will not leave you indifferent.

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