The Côte Sauvage [English: Savage Coast], on the Atlantic coast of , 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 .

(French pronunciation: ​[ʁwa.jɑ̃] ; locally [ʁwe.jɑ̃] in Saintongeais dialect) is a commune in the Charente-Maritime department, along the , in southwestern France.

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 , 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.

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