Royan – France

Royan is a seaside resort town on France’s Atlantic coast, at the mouth of the Gironde estuary.

Royan is a commune and town in the south-west of France, in the department of Charente-Maritime in the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region. Its inhabitants are known as Royannais and Royannaises. Capital of the Côte de Beauté, Royan is one of the main French Atlantic coastal resort towns, and has five beaches, a marina for over 1,000 boats, and an active fishing port. The town also has belle epoque villas and modern, postwar architecture such as the concrete Notre-Dame de Royan church. The grand Cordouan Lighthouse stands on an islet in the estuary, accessible by ferry. As of 2013, the population of the greater urban area was 48,982. The town had 18,393 inhabitants in 2015.

Royan´s sandy beaches include the 2 km-long, south-facing La Grande Conche with its sheltered waters – where EBUCC2023 will be hosted.