The Côte Sauvage [English: Savage Coast], on the Atlantic coast of France, is in the Charente-Maritime department. The coastline starts near La Palmyre, north of Royan, and stretches northwest around the point La Tremblade. L’île d’Oléron, France’s second-largest island (after Corsica) is just off the Côte Sauvage.
A 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.