This festival of fireworks and music looks like being a fantastic spectacle. It takes place on 15 August on the Grand Conche beach at Royan at 10:00 pm. Entry is free. (Grand Conche is the main beach at Royan.)
and the surrounding area including La Rochelle, Ile d'Oléron & Ile de Ré
The Fête de la Musique is an open-air event taking place in the streets, squares, public gardens, courtyards and railway halls around Royan on 21 June 2017 starting at 6pm. The musicians are invited to perform voluntarily and all the events are free for the public.
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La Grande Roue is open on esplanade near to the port. You can easily see it from anywhere along the beach at Royan. At 40 metres high, it is not the London Eye but still good fun and a great view over the coast and Royan town. Opening times are May, June and September 2 pm to 8 pm on Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. In July and August the big wheel is open everyday from open daily from 10 am to 1 am. Tarif €5
Outdoor family entertainment: giant games, wooden games, board games for all, early childhood space: toys and motricity, inflatable structures and more...
Sunday, July 30, Saturday 5 and Sunday August 6 from 2 to 7 pm in the gardens of Parc de Royan, Avenue Emile Zola.
The main market in Royan is an event not to be missed. Fresh foods of every description and the chance to join in the hustle and bustle of French Life. Located in Rue Pierre Loti, at the end furthest from the sea. The market is open daily from 7 am to 1 pm and extends into the nearby streets on Wednesday and Sunday.
There is a much smaller food market (which the locals believe only they know about!) called Marché du Parc in rue des Semis. Open from Tuesday to Sunday including public holidays from 15 June to 15 September
[If you are interested in visiting other markets, the Guide has details of the best regular markets in nearby towns and of antiques and brocante markets which take place on particular dates throughout the year.]
This annual festival of classical music takes place outdoors on the main beach at Royan each July and attracts tens of thousands of spectators over a four day period. It is undoubtedly the most popular and important 'spectacle' of the Royan tourist season and is certainly not to be missed.
You can book tickets for the formal seating (price about 30 euros per person) from the ticket kiosk on the seafront or online. Alternatively you can simply turn up and find a spot on the beach or the promenade to watch the spectacle free of charge on what will, hopefully, be balmy, starry summer evenings!
In 2017 the performances take place on 22, 25, 28 and 30 July and if you are in Royan at this time you really must see it.
We sometimes get asked about dogs being taken onto the beach. The situation is that dogs are not allowed on the beaches at Royan during the summer (more precisely 1st April to 15 October). This is apparently on 'public hygiene' grounds and you are likely to find this a fairly common situation on many beaches in France nowadays.
It may come as something of a surprise but the area inland from Royan can suffer badly some years from mosquitoes - the large areas of standing water in the Marais provide a breeding ground for these insects. Mosquities can be seen in the area from early Spring depending on weather conditions.
A website has been set up which gives up to date information (in French) about the levels of mosquitoes in each region. This link is the page for Charente-Maritime which includes Royan. The French for mosquito is les moustiques.
It is probably a good idea to go prepared if you are sensitive to mosquito bites particularly if you are staying in the countryside inland from Royan.