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mouth of the biggest estuary

in Europe. It is opposite the

Médoc Peninsula, which can be

reached by ferry, giving access

to magnificent Atlantic beaches

and renowned wine châteaux.

On the Royan side of the Gironde

Estuary, the countryside

offers low cliffs and rolling hills

clothed with Cognac vineyards.

Further north are the pine

forests and dunes of the Côte

Sauvage (Wild Coast). Royan

itself boasts golden beaches.

"It's a magnet for holidaymakers

and those who love the

ever-changing sea as a constant

background to their everyday

lives," says agent Tony Murless.

"The modern marina provides

a safe haven for boating, and

the fishing harbour supplies

local fish to the colourful daily

market."

Photo credit : Cyrille Moingeon

Photo credit : Jérôme Decq

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L

a Tranche-sur-Mer

is a popular holiday

town in the Vendée

département of the

Pays-de-la-Loire region

in western France. It faces the

chic Ile de Ré island and is

55 minutes from La Rochelle

or 3.5 hours from St Malo.

You can find a small

2-bedroom property for

around €150,000 and a 3-4-

bedroom with a small garden

for €250,000.  Properties can

earn an excellent income

in the summer season.

One of the English meanLA TRANCHE-SUR-MER,

Vendée

ings of tranche is a slice, so

you could say that La Tranchesur-Mer offers

a slice of the

good life. With a superb

microclimate, huge skies and

excellent seafood restaurants,

it's a perfect family holiday

destination. The town has a

Mediterranean feel, while the

huge pine forest behind it is

ideal for cycling or hiking. The

life-guarded beaches offer

surfing and sailing schools.

"La Tranche-sur-Mer has two

personalities," says agent Suzanne

Goodall, fresh from her

walk along the beach and her

trip to the twice-weekly market

to buy fresh fish and vegetables

for lunch. "It's sleepy and quiet

in the winter, when we have the

huge beaches to ourselves. In

the summer it's bustling and vibrant,

and there are all sorts of

free music and cultural events."

ROYAN, €492,900

This elegantly

refurbished

1880s 5-bedroom

townhouse is only

75 metres from

Royan beach, and

is quite unique.

Ref: 60947CMU17

LA TRANCHESUR-MER,

€490,000

3-bed property

with a pool, just

five minutes from

beautiful beaches.

Ref: 56627SG85

1ROYAN, Charente-Maritime

R

oyan is a traditional

seaside town in the

Charente Maritime

département of south

west France. Its sunshine hours

are only exceeded

by the Côte d'Azur. You can link

to the TGV train or La Rochelle

airport, or travel by car to Bordeaux in 90 minutes.

Prices in this coastal area

tend to be more expensive

than inland. Second homes

start from around €160,000,

depending on proximity to the

sea. Modern villas and apartments dominate but there

is

a wide choice of traditional

Charentaise houses in well-kept

villages slightly inland.

Largely rebuilt in the

1950s and 1960s after World

War II bombing, Royan enjoys

a unique situation at the

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