A Day in the Life of Les Sables d’Olonne, France

Les Sables d’Olone is located within the region of Charentes, on the Atlantic Ocean coast side of France, towards the western side of the country. This town is a sous prefecture of the French department of Vendee, and is one of the most attractive ones of the region due to its sea related activities, its port, and many antique constructions.

Sea activities

The town is an ideal spot for those who enjoy sea related activities and meeting spots which offer amazing coastlines and beaches. During summer time, this town of 35,000 inhabitants receives around 160.000 tourists due to the attraction of its beaches and coastlines.

Nice beach with the city of Les Sables d'Olonne in the background.
Beach in Les Sables d’Olonne

Since its origins, the economy and main resources of Les Sables d’Olonne have always been bonded to sea related activities such as fishing, the commerce through its port, and tourism attracted by its beaches. This way, it is possible to see the great importance which the sea has to the town, its past, its traditions and its present time.

The local sea food

Tourists should try the local sea food dishes. These dishes are among the most distinctive and attractive characteristics of the town, and those who like sea food would be able to try some of the most amazing dishes of the region.

A plate of nice sea food.

Interesting buildings to see in Les Sables d’Olonne

Besides its port, the town also offers several other interesting spots to meet. One of these spots is the Priory Saint Nicolas. The Priory Saint Nicolas was built around the XI century and is unique due to its architecture and structure as well as to is interesting past.

Also, the Abbey of Sainte Croix is a very recommendable construction for visitors to meet in Les Sables d’Olonne. This abbey was built several centuries ago and contains many interesting elements and ornaments almost unchanged.

A beautiful staircase and old buildings in Les Sables d'Olonne, France.
Les Sables d’Olonne

The Tour d’Arundel, or the Arundel Tower, is another place visitors should explore. This tower was built during the XII century under the orders of the King Henry II, and although many centuries have passed since its construction, still maintains many of its original features.

Map of Les Sables d’Olonne in France

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