Main town and capital of the canton of Saintonge Estuaire, this former small fishing village of the Royannais has been transformed into a famous seaside resort at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, at the time of the great vogue for sea bathing.
Today, Meshers is an active commercial and tourist center and a residential community in the great suburbs of Royan.
The town, located on the Côte de Beauté, has several beaches, all of fine sand, overlooking the Gironde estuary, and often surrounded by pine forests.
Another particularity of the city is its imposing limestone cliffs, in which have been dug real troglodyte cities: the caves of Regulus and Matata are the only ones open to the visit.
Originally dug by nature, these "holes" were enlarged by man to become in the 19th century real troglodyte habitats.
Dug into white limestone cliffs, they served successively as grain stores, hiding places for smugglers, refuges for Protestants, housing for the poor, and guinguettes.
The municipal troglodytic site of Regulus was opened to the public in 1986.
From November 2002 to June 2003, major work was carried out to offer the public a new welcome, new terraces with a breathtaking view of the largest estuary in Europe and a new direction for the guided tour circuit.
The name Regulus comes from a French warship, a splendid 2-deck, 3-masted vessel, scuttled in front of Meschers so as not to fall into British hands in 1814.
Some caves are still occupied today.
A small museum exhibits the life of the Charente in the past.
Meschers town hall
38, rue Paul Massy, BP 6,
Phone : 05 46 39 71 00
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