We are preparing our weekend for the European Heritage Days around Royan

With 10 museums, 15 listed monuments, 2 of the Most Beautiful Villages in France, 1 City of Art and History, Destination Royan Atlantique is a must for lovers of tradition and history. To begin with, unexpected places open their doors to you. Then, about thirty different activities are proposed for the European Heritage Days in Royan and throughout the destination. Between nature and culture, we learn about the different aspects of Royan's heritage.

En weekend in Charentes on September 16 and 17, we take advantage of a range of free or discounted guided tours. Obviously, this allows you to learn more about the history and riches of our territory.

Focus on 4 original outing ideas:

1. Guided tours and commented walks with the Passeurs d'histoire

The Destination Royan Atlantique history smugglers know every nook and cranny of the territory. Off the beaten track, they invite you to discover the secrets of our towns and villages. We dive back a few centuries to better understand the origins of our natural and built heritage. For example, on foot, set off to discover remarkable churches or wander the narrow streets of our Most Beautiful Villages in France®. Immerse yourself in the architecture of Royan, raised from its ashes. More unusual, otherwise choose a bike tour! You will cross the forest and the marshes to meet the local fauna and flora.

THEAbbey of Sablonceaux is famous for its bell tower and Romanesque domes over the nave. In addition, the visit allows you to discover the chapter house, the granary, the abbey dwelling and more confidential places such as the wing for the monks or the cells of the monks.

2. Royan Palace

After more than two years of restoration, Le Palais de Royan has now regained its former appearance. From the forecourt, we leap back to the 50s. We rediscover the architectural style of the time with its graphic lines and acid colors. The visit of the Palace allows to know a little more about theeventful history of this emblematic place. The opportunity also to observe the new fresco created by Nadu Marsaudon. For a fun life-size experience, put on your detective costume and take part in a murder party at the Palace!

La visit to the Architecture and Heritage Interpretation Center (CIAP), on the ground floor of the Palace, highlights the seaside town and the reconstruction of Royan. You will find many models of villas as well as pieces of furniture from the 50s.

3. Events at the Fâ site

In Barzan, the Fa archaeological site reveals the remains of an ancient Gallo-Roman city of magnitude. Thermal baths, a sanctuary but also a temple are revealed during the visit. During the weekend, many entertainment suitable for adults and children offer an immersion in this ancient era. Thus, we discover the objects of daily life, the orders of the Roman army, we put on a toga or stola and we learn about archaeological excavations.

4. The Domain of Chatressac

Located at Chaillevette on the banks of the Seudre, the Domaine de Chatressac opens its doors on the occasion of the European Heritage Days. Indeed, this former domain of ship captains has become a expression space. It is a veritable playground for builders from all walks of life: craftsmen, architects, landscape designers, artists... Over more than 6 ha, they work together to restore and animate the premises in a spirit of adventure and community life. In the afternoon, readings and small puppet shows also punctuate the visit.

To go further, the list of sites participating in the JEP is available on the dedicated site heritagedays.culture.gouv.fr

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