Royan is a lively resort town, with a large harbour of private yachts, surrounded by many good seafood restaurants and bars. During the summer months there are many events, including the superb Violon sur Sable (concert violinists playing on the Royan beaches). The town centre has a selection of boutique shops, cafes and restaurants. La Palmyre is close by and the location of the renowned Zoo. Further north is the Grande Côte which has beautiful white sand beaches with large Atlantic breaking waves.