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Les Sables d’Olonne

Where is Les Sables D’Olonne resort located?

Les Sables d’Olonne is a town located in the center-west of France by the sea in Vendée. It is a seaside resort well known for its seaside tourism and especially for its large fine sandy beach, but it is also the sub-prefecture of Vendée and an internationally renowned port. Take advantage of a stay at the Domaine de l’Orée campsite to discover Les Sables d’Olonne and its surroundings.


Among our favorites at Domaine de l’Orée, we invite you to introduce your friends and family to the Quartier de l’Ile Penotte located in the heart of Les Sables d’Olonne. Indeed this district entirely decorated by a local artist will delight young and old!

You cannot spend your holidays without discovering Les Sables d’Olonne during your stay at Domaine de l’Orée, in low season for a short stay or during the long summer holidays!

What to do in Les Sables d’Olonne?

To begin with, Les Sables d’Olonne is relaxation… Stroll through the pedestrian streets to find souvenirs, stroll on the embankment and in the alleys of La Chaume, with typical fishermen’s and shipowners’ houses.

Les Sables-d’Olonne has 2 casinos: “Les Atlantes” (Convention Center on the Embankment) and “Les Pins” (Rudelière district). Furnished in the Louisiana style, the latter offers evenings with musical groups and has a mini golf course. It is a very pleasant area close to the beach where you can also visit the Zoo des Sables with your children.

The Grand Palace multiplex cinema (total capacity of 800 seats).

The seawater swimming pool on the Remblai, open all year round, with a balneotherapy room, a jacuzzi room and a hammam. Enjoy an invigorating moment with this seawater swimming pool heated to 29°C…with its magnificent view of the ocean.

In Les Sables d’Olonne there are also several weekly markets as well as the covered Halles in the town center where you can taste famous regional products! Or simply admire, seated on the terrace, the comings and goings of the boats.

About Historical tourism

The town of Les Sables d’Olonne has a strong cultural heritage with its 19th century villas bordering the famous embankment; its many places of worship including the Notre-Dame de Bon-Port church located in the city center, built between 1646 and the 18th century; the Saint-Pierre church, rue des Deux-Phares; the Notre-Dame de Bonne-Espérance chapel, known as Notre-Dame des Marins, built in 1850, houses a statue of the Virgin in polychrome wood, a former figurehead of a ship, which would have saved the life of Flandrine de Nassau, wrecked off Bourgenay; a Protestant temple.

You should also discover the Sainte-Croix abbey and contemplate the contemporary art exhibitions there, built from 1633 to 1639. It is now a cultural center, the Musée des Sables, the music school, and currently has a media library part.

The beauty of the landscape

The beaches of Les Sables d’Olonne: the large beach, the beach of the Presidents, the beach of Tanchet, the Côte Sauvage with its famous “Puits d’Enfer” to experience the impressive spectacle of the waves, beach of Sauveterre (direct access to the beach from Domaine de l’Orée campsite!)

The national forest of Olonne-sur-Mer and the marshes: on foot, by bicycle or otherwise. Follow the blue thread of the ocean for magical discoveries, while taking the time!

About sport

The town of Les Sables d’Olonne has:

  • A stadium, that of Rudelière: the activities offered are diverse and varied from football (TVEC Les Sables-d’Olonne) to rugby union (Rugby Club Sablais Les Sables-d’Olonne), including athletics ; and at Sauniers du handball with the Sables Étudiants Club Handball club.
  • The tennis courts of the Casino des Sports, Le Tennis-Club Sablais, located near Lake Tanchet.
  • A covered bowling alley.
  • The Olonnes golf course in Olonne-sur-Mer, and the Bourgenay golf course in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire.
  • The Vendée flying club at Château d’Olonne: first flights
  • Hippodrome de la Malbrande in Talmont-Saint-Hilaire: horse races for trotting, galloping and hurdles (information from the Société des courses des Sables-d’Olonne).
  • The association Les Tables d’Olonne: a very dynamic modern board game association, which, all year round, welcomes tourists for free!

Without forgetting the inevitable events linked to the nautical environment with boat races such as the Vendée Globe (next edition on 6/11/2020), the EDHEC cruise race…

Find all the information about sailing in Les Sables d’Olonne on the websites of the associations: L’Institut Sport Océan. Water sports Sablais. Nautical club of Olonnes. Canoe-kayak club Côte de Lumière (CKCL), funboard, surfing, kitesurfing etc…

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