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 Tourism, holiday & travel in Château-d'Olonne
Insee code85060
AltitudeFrom 0 to 59 meters
Surface31.22 km²
Population13934 inhabitants
Density446 inhabitants/km²


National labelsOlonne-sur-Mer at 5.3 km (9 min)
Chief townLa Roche-sur-Yon (at 37 km, 34 min)Les Sables-d'Olonne at 8.5 km (17 min)
DepartmentVendéeL'Île-d'Olonne at 8.5 km (11 min)
RegionPays de la LoireSearch another town


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Vacation Station: Between sea and countryside, harmony ocean. Relax on the sandy beach. Surf the famous spot of Tanchet. Escape along the walking and biking trails, discover the royal abbey. Enjoy the local cuisine before enjoying free concerts.

0-59 m altitude - 14,500 inhabitants - 31 km ², 5 km of coastline.

By car from Paris (A11) via Angers (A87) exit Les Essarts then RN160, 2x2. Paris - A83 Nantes, Bordeaux by A10 then A83, from La Roche-sur-Yon, 2x2 routes to Sables d'Olonne.

By TGV Paris-Montparnasse-Nantes match for Les Sables d'Olonne.

By Plane Airport Nantes Atlantique. Heath Airfield in Château-d'Olonne.

Link buses Nantes - Les Sables d'Olonne.

Paris 470 km, La Rochelle 100 km, 90 km Nantes, La Roche-sur-Yon 30 km. A 6 km from the racetrack. At 3.8 km from Les Sables d'Olonne, 5.3 km Olonne-sur-Mer.


  • Visit of the Abbey of Saint-Jean Orbestier (twelfth century):
  • It shows what was an important Benedictine monastery between the 12th and 18th century. Founded in the 12th century by William IX, Duke of Aquitaine and Count of Poitou, the abbey was burned several times and destroyed in 1659 during the Wars of Religion. Converted into a farm and sold as national property in 1791, the abbey served successively in the 19th and 20th centuries of bitter vessels of sanatorium and school.
  • All that remains today as the church and the house of the Abbot from the 15th century. Under restoration since 1992, the abbey became a meeting place and cultural events.
  • See also the church of Saint-Hilaire. It was built on the ruins of a castle. Although its creation date remains a mystery, it was enlarged under Louis XV.
  • Let them tell you the hidden secrets of the wild coast that borders the Château d'Olonne. Discover the foreshore in the company of a passionate marine environment (during school holidays). Fun and educational walk on the rocks with an explanation of the flora and fauna of the shore. Booking at the Tourist Office on +33 2 51 21 09 67.
  • Take the path of the moat and discover the residence of Fénestreau, its porch during the 16th century Guided tour of downtown.
  • Look at every turn the small rural heritage Castelolonnais, wood Saint John, the coastal path and beautiful collection of traditional dresses during the Vendee Guided tour of the small rural heritage.
  • Visit the royal abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier, the remains of fish locks, the coastline and geological curiosities: the Sugar Loaf, the pit of hell when Guided tour of the cornice.
  • Escape to the many cycling routes, do not miss it along the ledge and let us surprise you with its authentic landscapes. Several hiking trails are also available.
  • Do not forget to stroll through the district of La Pironnière, with its narrow streets, traditional houses and fountain.
  • Soak up the art world: Gallery "Gaby Gréau" within the Office of Tourism: permanent exhibition. Various disciplines of art succeed, making this space a place of conviviality, sharing and discussion.
  • Museum of Sand: Discovering the mysteries of the sand, their migrations. 13,000 specimens from around the world referenced (the third world collection). You can also participate in collection development by sending your samples to the Association.
  • Soak up the sun on the sandy beach, the beach Tanchet, and small coves, relax by breathing the sea air.
  • Plunge into the Atlantic safely. Surf the famous spot of Tanchet and enjoy the many activities of skiing. Discover the pit of Hell, a deep rift in the cliff where the sea rushes with a roar at high tide.
  • Walk in the Woods Saint John invites you to discover a magnificent view: a view overlooking the Bay of Cayola.
  • Step back in time with Fisheries near the abbey of Saint Jean Orbestier. At low tide, these ancient fish locks are visible. They reflect an ancient fishing technique, fishing on foot.
  • Trails:
  • Trail of St. John of Orbestier: Duration: 1 hour. Distance: 4 km. Main interest: the nostalgic coast and the views of the sea See also the restoration of the farm in Bel Air and its garden. From the parking area of ​​the abbey of Saint-Jean Orbestier. Access by the coast road or the road from Talmont Saint Hilaire.
  • Trail Coudriou - The Spruce: Duration: 2 hours. Distance: 6 km. Principal charm: the walk under a canopy of oak branches in the arbor. Starting in the hamlet of Bellevue (karting circuit input), road Grosbreuil.
  • Path of Saint-Jean Moulin: Duration: 4 hours. Distance: 11 km. Many stops of interest: an old windmill, home of Jeannine Gazeau with its collection of wedding gowns and caps, the hollow road of Courolles ... Start the car park of the Rue des Landes, a place called The Mouzinière.
  • Trail Tanchet: Duration: 2 hours. Distance: 7 km. Main interest: a look at the most beautiful heritage buildings in old buildings that are Château-d'Olonne the home of Fenestreau (XVIII) and the farm of the barn. Picnic area. Access: Start from the roundabout of the water jet Séraphin Buton, near the Town Hall.
  • The Path walkway: Duration: 6 hours. Distance: 20 km. This trail, with its own route, connects to the previous four tracks. Principal charm: the look on the main landscape of the town. For hikers. Departure of the Valleys area, downtown.
  • Tourist Office Château-d'Olonne:
  • Address: 4 avenue du Pas-du-Bois - BP 1803-85180 The Château-d'Olonne.
  • Tel: +33 2 51 21 09 67 - Email: ot.chateaudolonne @
  • From September to March: from Monday to Friday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 14 to 17.30. Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm.
  • April-June: open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 14 to 17.30.
  • In July, August: Monday to Saturday from 9am to 12.30pm and from 14h to 18h30.
  • Sunday and holidays: 9:30 to 12:30.
Detailed information
TransportAerodrome Les Sables - Talmont
Information pointsTourist Office of Château-d'Olonne
Leisure centresBeach of Tanchet


The Office of Tourism Château-d'Olonne offers a calendar of events, please ask by phone +33 2 51 21 09 67 or by mail ot.chateaudolonne @


Many activities are available around the Château-d'Olonne to delight young and old. The "essential" sites Vendée are the Puy du Fou with its amazing shows that you plunge into the moving story of the Vendee. The island of Yeu enchants the time of day with its wild and natural purity. This island is often visited by bike.

Leisure activities
NameType of activityPriceTown
Renting a Jet Ski in Les Sables d' Olonne Sports sensationsFrom 110 € to 260 €Les Sables-d'Olonne (3.8 km)
Tandem skydiving in VendéeSports sensations280 €Château-d'Olonne

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Corniche Château-d'OlonneCorniche Château-d'Olonne
Wood St. JohnWood St. John
Wild CoastWild Coast
Abbaye Saint-Jean Orbestier (1107)Abbaye Saint-Jean Orbestier (1107)
Abbaye Saint-Jean OrbestierAbbaye Saint-Jean Orbestier
Abbaye Saint-Jean OrbestierAbbaye Saint-Jean Orbestier
Abbaye Saint-Jean of OrbestierAbbaye Saint-Jean of Orbestier
Église Saint-HilaireÉglise Saint-Hilaire
Saint-Hilaire Church, its choir, apse, naveSaint-Hilaire Church, its choir, apse, nave
Some flowers Château-d'OlonneSome flowers Château-d'Olonne
Kick Tobacco to Château-d'OlonneKick Tobacco to Château-d'Olonne
The sea forms a gale approachThe sea forms a gale approach
Locks of fish dating Middle AgeLocks of fish dating Middle Age
Before the creek, the village of Saint Jean WoodBefore the creek, the village of Saint Jean Wood
Bay CayolaBay Cayola
Nothing but happiness on this coast!Nothing but happiness on this coast!
Following the cornicheFollowing the corniche
Coast to see in bad weather at high tide, beautiful!Coast to see in bad weather at high tide, beautiful!
Bay Cayola and footpathBay Cayola and footpath



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Sunday 1 February
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French cuisine restaurantCôté Sud  
Côté Sud the restaurant, located at the Château d'Olonne invites you in a clean and design: vinyl banquettes, psychedelic tapestries and decoration timeless remember the 60s. The chef...
Located in Château-d'Olonne21 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantCasino Les Pins - Le Cotton Pub  
Les Sables-d'Olonne
This is the Sables d'Olonne, just a few steps from the ocean, the restaurant of the Casino des Pins is located. Discover a chic place in all splendor, and take place in an elegant brasserie,...
Located 2.6 km from Château-d'Olonne21 € per person 
French cuisine restaurantLe Sloop  
Les Sables-d'Olonne
DIFFERENT - Facing the sea, here Le Sloop, a hotel restaurant that does not hesitate to distinguish its decor vintage all that has further trend! To add to your enjoyment active it...
Located 3 km from Château-d'Olonne37 € per person 

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House with 2 bedroomsLe Clos de la Combe    
Near the bay and Cayola Sables d'Olonne, a property in quiet, landscaped park with pool, 2 guest rooms with private bathroom (shower and toilet). The island of Yeu room (1 bed 2 pers.)...
Located in Château-d'OlonneFrom 60 € to 73 € the double room 
House with 3 bedroomsLa Dagoterie - Gites et Chambres d'Hotes    
5 minutes from the beach, 3 beautiful guest rooms quiet and cozy, tastefully decorated. Entrances, access to large landscaped park. Hearty breakfast and hearty 'homemade'. Visit our...
Located 7.7 km from Château-d'OlonneFrom 65 € to 72 € the double room 
House with 1 bedroomLe Moulin à Rêves    
Charming cottage for 4 people near the sea and the port of Bourgenay in Vendée (85). A bright room of 40 m², 2 windows overlooking a fenced plot of 500 m². 1 double bed and 2 bunk beds....
Located 8.1 km from Château-d'Olonne73 € the double room 

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House for 4 personsMaison de vacances
Holiday house located in the heart of wooded park Pironnière. 800 m from the sea near the shops. 2 bedrooms - kitchen. Lounge - terrace with garden furniture and deck - bbq.
Located in Château-d'OlonneFrom 390 € to 550 € per week 
House for 4 personsMaison dans résidence calme  
Ground floor, enclosed courtyard with sea views. Close to all shops and commercial area. Bike paths and pedestrian access to the beach. Shuttle 100 m.
Located in Château-d'OlonneFrom 299 € to 589 € per week 
House for 8 personsLa Vinière   NEW
Waterfront, charming house on the edge of the Marais Poitevin and birds, bike path in front of the house to go to the ocean 3 km.
Located 12.8 km from Château-d'Olonne600 € per week 

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160 places over 6 haLe Brandais     NEW
Welcome to Brandais, camping Vendée seaside Your campsite 3 stars Brem sur Mer in Vendee with swimming pool 800 meters from the beach ! We warmly welcome you to the campsite Brandais...
Located 13.6 km from Château-d'OlonneFrom 16.50 € to 27.50 € per day 
294 places over 30 haVillage de la Guyonnière    
The campsite is on an estate of 30 hectares, 300 meters from Jaunay Lake (length 6 km). It is very spacious with superb, unspoilt views over the Jaunay Lake and the surrounding rolling...
Located 16.5 km from Château-d'OlonneFrom 21 € to 39 € per day 
99 places over 2,4 haLe parc de la grève    
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Located 19.2 km from Château-d'OlonneFrom 11 € to 17 € per day 

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Le Roc Saint Jean - Hotel in Château-d'OlonneLe Roc Saint Jean    
Located in Château-d’Olonne, this beachfront hotel features a traditional restaurant. Free Wi-Fi is provided in the entire property and 2 meeting rooms are also available. Each room...
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Pierre et Vacances L’Estran - Hotel in Château-d'OlonnePierre et Vacances L’Estran     
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Pierre & Vacances Résidence de l'Estran - Hotel in Château-d'OlonnePierre & Vacances Résidence de l'Estran     
Pierre & Vacances Résidence de l'Estran is set 100 metres from the sea and 5 km from the centre of Sables-d’Olonne. It offers an outdoor swimming pool and contemporary apartments with...
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