The seaside resort Royan

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Royan Harbour © Cobber17/cc-by-sa-3.0

Royan Harbour © Cobber17/cc-by-sa-3.0

Royan is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department, along the Atlantic Ocean, in southwestern France.

As seaside resort, Royan is in the heart of an urban area estimated at 38,638 inhabitants, which makes it the fourth-largest conurbation in the department, after La Rochelle, Saintes and Rochefort. Capital of the Côte de beauté, the city is located at the mouth of the Gironde Estuary, the largest estuary in Europe. Royan has five sandy beaches, a marina and a fishing port.

Town hall © Jack_ma/cc-by-sa-3.0 Boulevard Briand © Cobber17/cc-by-sa-3.0 Royan Beach © Salix/cc-by-sa-3.0 Port of Royan at night © Cobber17/cc-by-sa-3.0 Notre-dame Royan © Stefan Rasberger/cc-by-sa-3.0 Royan Harbour © Cobber17/cc-by-sa-3.0
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Notre-dame Royan © Stefan Rasberger/cc-by-sa-3.0
Paving of the streets began in 1816 and was finished only in 1826. In July 1819, the mayor, Raymond Labarthe, signed the first prescription regulating sea bathing; this forbade nude bathing from beaches bordering houses and reserved the Foncillon beach for women. In 1820, it was forbidden “to wash pigs, horses and other cattle in the sea as we have baths”. In 1836, a staircase was cut out of the rock to facilitate the landing of passengers from boats. By 1845, the engineer Botton wrapped (surrounded) the cliff of Foncillon inside the port. In 1847, the engineer Lessore built the sketch of the first casino. Under the Second Empire, the city underwent much development. In 1854, the first street lights were installed. Between 1850 and 1870, the number of tourists increased from 9000 to 10,000, and the population from 3329 to 4500.

Howard Zinn, author of A People’s History of the United States, was one of the many bombardiers who attacked Royan during World War II. He later wrote of the bombardment. The town was rebuilt in the 1950s, as part of an urbanisation programme and is very representative of the modernistic architecture of the time.

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