Les Sables d'Olonne is the star holiday destination on the Vendee coast and this charming resort has everything you need for your family holiday. The lively sea front with it's 3 mile sandy beach, children's activities and endless cafés and restaurants is the hub of the town and just a short walk from the historic old quarter. "Les Sables"is famous for the single-handed round the world yacht race, Vendee Globe, that sets off from the port.
The town offers an attractive historic centre with pedestrian streets to while away the day amongst the café terraces and the lovely boutiques - just relax and unwind. The huge indoor market is near at hand, offering a magnificent choice of local fish and seafood. In the summer evenings the sea front is the place to stroll and is animated with craft markets and musicians. A superb choice of restaurants for your evening meal, and later there is the lively nightlife, or try your luck at the casino.
Les Sables d'Olonne offers excellent facilities for water sports with a superb centre offering equipment hire and tuition - surfing, kite, stand-up, wind-surf, sea canoeing, as well as sailing initiation on a large lake. If you're a fan of water sports, it's a perfect place to book your holiday villa in the Vendee. Surfers will also appreciate the nearness of the famous Bud-Bud beach (17 miles / 35 minutes).
The Chaume district of Les Sables d'Olonne to the north end of the town, with its quaysides and traditional fisherman's houses, provides a quiet spot to explore, including the naval museum and the St Nicolas priory. There is a foot ferry to Chaume from the end of the esplanade and sea busses link all the port areas to the town centre. There are guided tours of the fishing port as well as fascinating heritage ships to see. It's also possible to book a sea excursion on the traditional sailboats, Diva and Messaline.
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A calm and family-friendly holiday development on the outskirts of Les Sables d'Olonne, offering excellent facilities on site. There is a quality restaurant, a bar, a snack bar, a bread shop, a further large communal pool, cycle hire, a tennis court, a children's playground, basket-ball, giant chess and table tennis.
Oasis - Les Jardins offers 4 types of individual villas, sleeping 6 to 8 people, each with their own private swimming pool.
The main town beach has children's activities, is shallow sloping and with lifeguard.
Heated seawater pool on the sea front.
Magnificent beach at Le Tanchet (south end of the town)
Watersports centre at Le Tanchet - equipment hire and tuition.
Thalasso spa centre
Sea salt production - see the traditional methods and boat tours through the marshes.
Natural beach at Paracou - lovely dunes and forests
Fabulous cycling in the salt marshes.
Rocky coves to explore, south of the town.
EcoZoo - Home to more than 400 animals : giraffes, red pandas, lions, surricates, penguins, wolves... The zoo is dedicated to preservation of the biodiversity.
Saint Croix art museum - one of the most important in France for contemporary and modern works.
Lighthouse - Tour d'Arundel - visits during the season, superb panoramic view of the town.
Museums - several, including shellfish, ww2 military history.
Bowling alley, cinema.
Golf course (and 3 others within 45 minutes drive).
Aerodrome - parachute jumping, links to the Island of Yeu.
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