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View of the harbour and the modernist church Notre-Dame.

Royan is a seaside resort in Charente-Maritime, in southwestern France.

Capital city of the « Côte de Beauté », this resort is located in the atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, the largest estuary in Europe. Royan have 18541 inhabitants and is located at the heart of an important conurbation with a population estimated at 47000 inhabitants.

Royan is one of the most famous seaside resorts of the french Atlantic coast, along with La Baule, Arcachon and Biarritz.


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  • 1 Cordouan lighthouse (in the ocean outside Royan). France's oldest lighthouse, constructed between 1584 and 1611, and the tenth-tallest traditional lighthouse in the world. In 2021 it was listed by UNESCO as a world heritage site. Cordouan Lighthouse (Q199234) on Wikidata Cordouan Lighthouse on Wikipedia







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