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The port of Royan


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to discover

the Grande Conche

the Sea Front

Notre-Dame Church

the Central Market

sea bathing history

the reconstruction

the evolution

learn french in Royan


To see, north to south

The "Marais Poitevin"

La Rochelle

Island of Ré

Island of Aix



Madame Island

Island of Oléron




La Tremblade


La Palmyre









To do


Boat trips





The market


Drives through the vineyards

Drives through the marshes

Drives through the forest


To know

The Romanesque Art


The Citadel of Brouage

The Citadel of Blaye

The lighthouses

The forest of La Coubre

The marshes

The "Marais Poitevin"

The carrelets

The ostreiculture

Vine and wines

To taste






Sea food

"Terroir" products

The restaurants



The Port of Royan, Fishing Port and Marina

The harbour extends from the Grande Conche in the East, to the beach of Foncillon on the West and includes successively the yachting marina, the fishing port and the dock with the pier of the ferry Royan-Le Verdon.

The marina of Royan

Le port de plaisance en 1960



In 1965, a deep water marina was constructed. In 1983, it was enlarged, thanks to the movement of the fishing port. It has again recently encroached on the beach and been enlarged by a new extension.

L'Espace Nautique Le départ des 'Optimists'
Les bateaux de la Coupe du Monde

The Espace Nautique

The "Espace Nautique" situated in the yachting marina offers numerous nautical activities for children, young people and adults.

There are various forms of training and private tuition available, covering sailing tuition at all levels. Cruises are also available.

Every year,well known competitions are held at Royan.

These competitions attract crews of many nationalities.

Les bateaux de promenade en mer

Boat trips

Boat trips attract more and more tourists and they are offered by several companies based in the marina.

The various trips, offered during the day or in the evening, enable visitors to view the estuary from a different angle, up as far as Talmont and along the coast up to Saint-Palais.

It is possible to go out to the Cordouan lighthouse and even visit it when the tide allows the passengers to land.

Some excursions to the Cordouan lighthouse allow enough time for fishing for crabs and shell fish.

Hiring a boat

Also based in the marina, close to the departure point for the sea trips, several companies rent out all types of boats, with and without a licence, depending on the type of boat to be hired.

They also provide accelerated courses for obtaining a sea licence.


Les loueurs de bateaux
Le port de pêche

The fishing port

The port of Royan has an extensive flotilla of trawlers with more than one hundred fishermen. It is, with La Rochelle and La Cotinière (island of Oléron), one of the three big fishing ports of the Charente-Maritime.

A variety of fish such as sea bass, maigres,sole, prawns and shrimps, are caught off the coast and are then sold to the wholesale fish merchants by auction in the Criée de Royan, which was built in 1981 in the fishing port.


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