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.
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.
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 @ wanadoo.fr.
ATTRACTIONS, LEISURES AND ACTIVITES AROUND
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.