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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 boasts a rich cultural heritage, with 19th-century villas lining the famous Remblai. The town also boasts a number of places of worship:

  • Notre-Dame de Bon-Port church in the town centre, built between 1646 and the 18th century.
  • The church of Saint-Pierre in the rue des Deux-Phares.
  • Notre-Dame de Bonne-Espérance chapel, also known as Notre-Dame des Marins, built in 1850. The chapel houses a polychrome wooden statue of the Virgin Mary, the former figurehead of a ship, which is said to have saved the life of Flandrine de Nassau, who was shipwrecked off Bourgenay.
  • The Protestant church at 14 Cours Blossac.

The Sainte-Croix abbey, built between 1633 and 1639, is also worth a visit. It is now a cultural centre, home to the Musée des Sables and the music school, and has a media library.

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!

Not forgetting the inevitable events linked to the nautical environment with boat races such as the Vendée Globe (next edition from 19/10/2024 to 10/11/2024).

What’s more, the Olympic Flame will run through the streets of Les Sables d’Olonne on 4 June 2024. As for the Paralympic Flame, it will pay a visit to the people of Les Sables on 25 August 2024 !

You can find all the information you need about sailing in Les Sables d’Olonne on the associations’ websites :

  • Institut Sport Océan
  • Sports nautiques Sablais
  • Olonnes Sailing Club
  • Club Canoe-Kayak Côte de Lumière (CKCL)