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Office de tourisme de Sables-d'Olonne
1 prom. Joffre Les Sables-d'Olonne
85100

Tel:+33 (0)2 51 96 85 75
Fax:+33 (0)2 51 96 85 71

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Les Sables'd'Olonne is a purpose built seaside resort on the Cote de la Lumiere (coast of light).  Its long sandy beach, numerous sports facilities and attractions make it ideal for a fun family holiday. 

Port Olona is the starting point for the round-the-world yacht race which takes place every four years.  Known as the 'Vendee Globe' the race is extremely tough with the one-man crews being denied ports of call or assistance en route.

If you do manage to exhaust the many activities in the resort head out to La Chaume an ancient fisherman's quarter full of charm with white-washed houses and tiled roofs.  The Foret d'Olonne is also a must and comprises acres of dunes crisscrossed by footpaths along with the Ile de Noirmoutier which can be reached by bus in three hours.

What to See - Les Sables d'Olonne Attractions

Les Salines
Port-Olona Nord, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
guided tour by boat which includes the salt marshes & salt works plus bird sanctuary
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Oct | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 21 01 19

Base Canoe - les salins
120 rte de L'Aubraie, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
canoeing along the saline river is a fun way to discover the marshes
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 90 87 74

Le Ranch
56r des Rochers, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
horseriding through the forest, marshes or beaches
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 90 76 96

Les Circaetes
Base de mer (petite jetee), Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
sailing centre plus water-skiing and para-boating
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)6 09 80 28 70

Vedettes Sablaises
Quai Guine, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
discover the Cote de la Lumiere by boat or try your hand at a spot of fishing at Barges Lighthouse
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 21 31 43

Observatoire d'Oiseaux de L'ile-d'Olonne
on D38 N of Les Sables d'Olonne, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
overlooking the marshes lies a first-class bird sanctuary
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 33 12 97

Le Remblai
Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
elegant promenade with cafes, shops, hotels and Casino de la Plage at its western end

Eglise Notre Dame de Bon Port
Place de l'Eglise, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
a Gothic church built by Cardinal Richelieu in 1646

Musee de L'Abbaye Ste-Croix
R de Verdun, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
an old Benedictine abbey now home to a cultural centre with contemporary and local art collections
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily except Mons | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 32 01 16

Chateau
place d'Arme, Noirmoutier-en-I'lle 85330
a 15th-century chateau containing fine art, local maritime artefacts and archaeological finds
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Jun-Sep:daily; Feb-Nov:daily but not Tue | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 39 10 42

Parc Zoologique de Tranchet
Les Sables d'Olonne, Les Sables d'Olonne 85100
all sorts of wildlife here including llamas, kangaroos & rare birds
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily but Nov-Feb: pms only | Tel: +33 (0)2 51 95 14 10