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Les Sables-d'Olonne

Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée

Les Sables-d'Olonne - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Vendée
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Situated on the Lumière coast (Coast of Light), the seaside resort of Les Sables-d'Olonne is a renowned destination presenting numerous attractions: a bustling seafront promenade lined with shops and cafés, a beautiful 3-kilometre long sandy beach that is very popular with summer tourists, a large marina, numerous events and sports activities, a casino and a thalassotherapy centre. Every four years, the seaside resort of Les Sables-d'Olonne hosts the departure of the Vendée Globe, the famous single-handed, round-the-world yacht race sailed non-stop and without assistance.

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Les Sables-d'Olonne

Les Sables-d'Olonne:

Les Sables-d'Olonne, the city of the Vendée Globe is the nautical capital of the Côte de Lumière, with 105 km² bordering the Atlantic coast. The town of Sables-d'Olonne sub-prefecture of Vendée, is part of the Pays de la Loire region.

Tourism appears with the fashion of the sea baths and the arrival of the railway in 1866 with the so-called "trains" of pleasure. The seaside villas are multiplying around the Embankment (promenade of the sea), it is the Belle Epoque Sablaise. In 1936 with paid holidays and more in the 1950s, we will witness the development of tourism.

Les Sables-d'Olonne, a city with distant roots! 1218-2018 800 years of Sands...

Founded in 1218 by Savary de Mauléon, prince of Talmondais, the city knows a commercial development under the impulse of Louis XI and his Councilor Philippe de Commines, thanks to which is created the 1st port (trade of the wine, the salt, the cereals). In the 17th century, it reached its peak with the cod fishery on the banks of Newfoundland. More than 80 boats leave each year for cod fishing. Shipbuilding yards are flourishing. Buildings or monuments are built like the Notre-Dame de Bon Port church, listed as a historical monument.

This maritime tradition still continues today, Les Sables-d'Olonne is a city with 3 ports fishing, trade and pleasure. The folk group "Nouch" through its dances and songs recounts this particular story, the district of La Chaume with its fishermen's houses, its quays, the jetties, the lighthouses, the Priory Saint-Nicolas testifies of this past turned towards the sea. An association "La Grande Bordée" regularly revives the tradition of seafarers with a festive animation on a weekend: folk costumes, old trades, sea songs, parade of old rigging in the channel...

Served by the TGV all year, Les Sables-d'Olonne promotes weekend tourism: want to relax at the thalassotherapy center, to walk in the great outdoors on the beach, to visit an exhibition at the museum of the Abbey Sainte Croix, to attend a show, to have a meal in one of the city's seafood restaurants? Everything is possible: hotels, bed and breakfasts, campsites, residences wait for the customers to make them take advantage of Sables-d'Olonne from another angle.

The beach is the irresistible asset in high season for relaxation, well-being, games with a gentle slope, safe for children. A few steps from the beach, an exceptional environment composed of marshes, forest, wild coast allows those who wish to walk or hike on foot, bike or horse! For leisure, water sports, sailing but also a wide range of activities are offered to visitors: golf, karting, yoga, horseback riding, canoeing, parachute jumping, diving...

Winter, spring and autumn light to discover side beach, port side or cornices and wild coasts nearby!

Château-d'Olonne:

The commune of Château-d'Olonne is part of the Destination les Sables-d'Olonne.

Seaside destination with an exceptional environment: wild coasts, beaches, wood conducive to the ride and the hike.

Nautical destination with sliding sports, surf spots, sailing.

A preserved heritage: abbeys, churches, mills.

Gastronomy from seafood, a fishing port ranked 4th in France for the value of landed products.

Direct TGV access all year Paris / Les Sables-d'Olonne.

The town takes its name from a castle built in the Middle Ages which was the seat of the Baronnie d'Olonne. This castle was dismantled by Richelieu during the Wars of Religion.

Olonne-sur-Mer:

The town of Olonne-sur-Mer is part of the agglomeration of Sables-d'Olonne, it is ideally located on the edge of the Atlantic Ocean, 5 km from Les Sables-d'Olonne.

It is called "Olonne-sur-Mer", the Green Lung of the Pays des Olonnes and the Vendée Coast because it has a national forest of 1,200 hectares and 800 ha of preserved marshes.

Hiking trails, horseback riding, bike paths in a relaxing setting, large wild beaches near the dunes and the forest, various sports activities: water sports, horse riding, canoeing, golf... a heritage course to discover the town center.

TGV access all year round via the Sables-d'Olonne station.

Things to see and do

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Vendée Globe
A legendary solo sailing race, with no stops or assistanceNovember 2020

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Great beach of Sables-d'Olonne
Great beach of Sables-d'Olonne
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Aerial view of Sables-d'Olonne
Aerial view of Sables-d'Olonne
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The central markets of Sables-d'Olonne
The central markets of Sables-d'Olonne
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Pier of Sables-d'Olonne
Pier of Sables-d'Olonne
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Fishing port of Sables-d'Olonne
Fishing port of Sables-d'Olonne
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Marina in the heart of the city of Sables-d'Olonne
Marina in the heart of the city of Sables-d'Olonne
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Beach of the Paracou (© Antoine Martineau)
Beach of the Paracou (© Antoine Martineau)
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Canal of the Loir
Olonne-sur-Mer - Canal of the Loir
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Château-d'Olonne - Cayola Corniche
Château-d'Olonne - Cayola Corniche
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Seaside Architecture Palazzo Clementina in Sables-d'Olonne
Seaside Architecture Palazzo Clementina in Sables-d'Olonne
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La Chaume aux Sables-d'Olonne
La Chaume aux Sables-d'Olonne
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Priory Saint Nicolas with thatch
Priory Saint Nicolas with thatch
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Beach of the Embankment and swimming pool
Beach of the Embankment and swimming pool
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Typical neighborhood, Penotte Island in Sables-d'Olonne
Typical neighborhood, Penotte Island in Sables-d'Olonne
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The Embankment and the Pendulum
The Embankment and the Pendulum
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Streets of Penotte Island next to the Pendulum (Embankment)
Streets of Penotte Island next to the Pendulum (Embankment)
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Discover Les Sables d'Olonne, the maritime, urban and nature city
Discover Les Sables d'Olonne, the maritime, urban and nature city
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Port Olona - Marina - Les Sables-d'Olonne
Port Olona - Marina - Les Sables-d'Olonne
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Great Beach of Sands (© PBeltrami)
Great Beach of Sands (© PBeltrami)
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Museum-Saint Croix Abbey - Les Sables-d'Olonne (© AntoineMartineau)
Museum-Saint Croix Abbey - Les Sables-d'Olonne (© AntoineMartineau)
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Beach of Paracou (© OT Sands of Olonne)
Beach of Paracou (© OT Sands of Olonne)
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Tower of Arundel (© Alexandre Lamoureux)
Tower of Arundel (© Alexandre Lamoureux)
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Arundel Tower (© Antoine Martineau)
Arundel Tower (© Antoine Martineau)
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Lighthouse Armandèche (© Antoine Martineau)
Lighthouse Armandèche (© Antoine Martineau)
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Salines
Salines
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Sables d'Olonne Zoo
Sables d'Olonne Zoo
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Fish spa
Fish spa
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Château-d'Olonne - Tanchet Beach
Château-d'Olonne - Tanchet Beach
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Château-d'Olonne - Locks
Château-d'Olonne - Locks
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Château-d'Olonne - Saint-Hilaire Church
Château-d'Olonne - Saint-Hilaire Church
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Château-d'Olonne - Sunset
Château-d'Olonne - Sunset
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Château-d'Olonne - Corniche du Puits d'Enfer
Château-d'Olonne - Corniche du Puits d'Enfer
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Château-d'Olonne - Creek
Château-d'Olonne - Creek
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Château-d'Olonne - Corniche of Château-d'Olonne
Château-d'Olonne - Corniche of Château-d'Olonne
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Château-d'Olonne - Wild Coast
Château-d'Olonne - Wild Coast
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Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier (1107)
Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier (1107)
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Château-d'Olonne - Bois Saint Jean
Château-d'Olonne - Bois Saint Jean
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Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier
Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier
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Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier
Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier
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Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier
Château-d'Olonne - Abbey of Saint-Jean d'Orbestier
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Château-d'Olonne - Saint-Hilaire Church
Château-d'Olonne - Saint-Hilaire Church
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Château-d'Olonne - Saint-Hilaire church, choir, apse, nave
Château-d'Olonne - Saint-Hilaire church, choir, apse, nave
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Château-d'Olonne - Some flowers of Château-d'Olonne
Château-d'Olonne - Some flowers of Château-d'Olonne
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Château-d'Olonne - Tobacco in front of Château-d'Olonne
Château-d'Olonne - Tobacco in front of Château-d'Olonne
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Château-d'Olonne - The sea is forming, a gale approaching
Château-d'Olonne - The sea is forming, a gale approaching
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Château-d'Olonne - Locks with fish dating from the Middle Ages
Château-d'Olonne - Locks with fish dating from the Middle Ages
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Château-d'Olonne - In front of the creek, the village of Bois Saint Jean
Château-d'Olonne - In front of the creek, the village of Bois Saint Jean
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Château-d'Olonne - Cayola Bay
Château-d'Olonne - Cayola Bay
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Château-d'Olonne - Nothing but happiness on this coast!
Château-d'Olonne - Nothing but happiness on this coast!
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Château-d'Olonne - Following the cornice
Château-d'Olonne - Following the cornice
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Château-d'Olonne - Coast to see in high weather at high tide, beautiful!
Château-d'Olonne - Coast to see in high weather at high tide, beautiful!
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Château-d'Olonne - Cayola Bay and Customs Trail
Château-d'Olonne - Cayola Bay and Customs Trail
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Aerial view of Olonne
Olonne-sur-Mer - Aerial view of Olonne
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Manoir de la Mortière
Olonne-sur-Mer - Manoir de la Mortière
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Horseback riding in the marshes
Olonne-sur-Mer - Horseback riding in the marshes
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Observatory of birds of the Marais des Loirs
Olonne-sur-Mer - Observatory of birds of the Marais des Loirs
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Stained glass window of the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church
Olonne-sur-Mer - Stained glass window of the Notre-Dame de l'Assomption church
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Laundry
Olonne-sur-Mer - Laundry
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Scenography by Pierre Levée
Olonne-sur-Mer - Scenography by Pierre Levée
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Tourist Office
Olonne-sur-Mer - Tourist Office
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Olonne-sur-Mer - At the turn of the heritage trail...
Olonne-sur-Mer - At the turn of the heritage trail...
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Our Lady of Olonne, 11th century
Olonne-sur-Mer - Our Lady of Olonne, 11th century
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Museum of Popular Traditions
Olonne-sur-Mer - Museum of Popular Traditions
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Church
Olonne-sur-Mer - Church
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Castle of Pierre-Levée
Olonne-sur-Mer - Castle of Pierre-Levée
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Cycling
Olonne-sur-Mer - Cycling
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Canoe in the marshes
Olonne-sur-Mer - Canoe in the marshes
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Stones lifted
Olonne-sur-Mer - Stones lifted
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Grand Canal through the marshes
Olonne-sur-Mer - Grand Canal through the marshes
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Walk in the dunes
Olonne-sur-Mer - Walk in the dunes
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Fortified house of the 12th century Jarrie
Olonne-sur-Mer - Fortified house of the 12th century Jarrie
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Some nice walks to do by bike
Olonne-sur-Mer - Some nice walks to do by bike
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Walk in the forest
Olonne-sur-Mer - Walk in the forest
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Festival of Magic
Olonne-sur-Mer - Festival of Magic
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Olonne-sur-Mer - Night Market
Olonne-sur-Mer - Night Market
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Visits, leisure and activities nearby

Aquarium the 7th continent in Bourgenay, underwater escape, plunge your eyes in the seas of the globe, change of scenery guaranteed, more than 500 species in 60 magical spaces. Discover the abyss, a luminescent universe to discover surprising animals.

Hippodrome, direction Talmont-Saint-Hilaire: come live horse racing live and come to vibrate and share with family pure sensations from June to October.

A few minutes from the beaches of Sables-d'Olonne, discover the hinterland, on Île-d'Olonne, discover the marshes and the bird observatory, located on the migration path of the coast With the aid of telescopes, observe the avocets, egrets, raptors, shelducks. Take the height of the top of the steeple of Île-d'Olonne in summer, an exceptional view of the marshes and surrounding towns awaits you! In Vairé and Sainte-Foy, hikes in the countryside to relax and do not forget to stop at the Pôle Equestre Vendéen, where many horse animations are organized, all year round.

The "must-see" Vendee sites are the Puy du Fou with its incredible shows that immerse you in the moving history of the Vendée. The island of Yeu will enchant you for a day by its natural and wild purity. This island is often visited by bike.

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