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LES SABLES D’OLONNE

With it’s 270 view of the ocean, Les Sables d’Olonne is, without contest, one of France’s most popular seaside resorts:  it’s large bay, edged with a fine, sandy beach, the pleasure port which hosts the mythical Vendée Globe race, the marine district of La Chaume, it’s rich historical heritage, it’s typical narrow streets such as Ile Penotte…it’s the complete package.
 
Take advantage of your stay at La Ventouse campsite to visit the very famous town of Les Sables d’Olonne, only 20 minutes from Jard sur Mer.
 
 

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Ideas for outings
 
There are a multitude of things to do in Les Sables d’Olonne, but I would recommend that begin with a visit to the main beach and promenade, not forgetting the fishing port and the picturesque district of La Chaume.
 
Things to do and see in Les Sables d’Olonne
 
  • it’s fine, sandy beach, natural seawater swimming pool (in La Chaume district), outdoor heated (to 29 C) seawater swimming pool overlooking the ocean, thalassotherapy centre
  • 2 casinos – Les Atlantes and Le Casino des Pins, 10 pin bowling alley, lively bars and nightclubs
  • street and food markets – don’t miss the covered market in the Halles Centrales
  • water sports – jet skis, canoeing, kayaking, tubing, surfing, amateur deep sea fishing, diving, sailing
  • historical heritage – the Arundel Tower, St Nicolas Priory, Sainte Croix Abbey, Notre Dame de Bon Port church and the magnificent 19th century seafront villas
  • museums, zoos and guided tours
 
Ile Penotte District
 
Situated between the main beach and the fishing port, the Ile Penotte district has become a Sables d’Olonne tourist attraction over the years.  Made up of narrow, winding streets, this district owes it’s name to the ornate mosaic facades decorated in shells – like a huge fresco.  It was in 1997 that Danièle Aubin-Arnaud decided to rejuvenate her childhood area by decorating the house fronts.  Today, thanks to her (now called the Shell Lady) and with the help of local residents, Ile Penotte has become a pretty, pedestrianised district – as picturesque as it is entertaining.
 

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