Our trip to France started in Royan, a seaside town just 1.5 hours drive north of Bordeaux. Royan sits on France’s Atlantic coast at the mouth of the Gironde estuary and has a population of just under 20,000. We visited in September, and while there were still tourists in town, it was not as busy as I am sure it must be in the height of the summer months. Our hotel, the Brit Hermitage, was a wonderful little place that served a really great breakfast. Sitting right by the water it was the perfect base for us.
We had been to Royan before, on a day trip, so we were excited to be back for longer this time around. We couldn’t wait to get to the beach, living in Alberta, where the nearest coast is a 12 hour drive away, it was the number one priority for us. It did not disappoint!
The photos below are from our walk along the main beach, La Grande Conche, which, aside from the beach, showcases a number of different architectual styles, from traditional to modern, and everything in between.