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Tourist attractions Les Sables-d'Olonne

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  • 1 Sea-Wall Walkway Interesting

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    Le Remblai

    This sea-wall built in the 18C used to protect the town below. Today it is an attractive walk lined with luxurious buildings and shops and provides a pleasant view over the bay and beach. The little alleyways in the old town are hidden behinds its bu..

  • 2 The Corniche

    Nature and gardens

    La Corniche

    The Corniche extends the Remblai and leads to the new residential area of Rudelière. The road runs along the edge of the cliff.

  • 3 La Chaume

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    La Chaume

    This renovated former fishermen's quarter, made up of small houses with tiled roofs, contrasts with the resort's modern urban planning.

  • 4 Puits d'Enfer

    Nature and gardens

    La Corniche

    The spectacle of the bubbling sea being swallowed up by the huge crevice is impressive. You get to it by following the cliff-edge.

  • 5 Rudelière Quarter

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    La Rudelière

    This is the new residential quarter developed near Tranchet Lake. Here you can place a few chips at the casino and get over your financial ruin with a trip to the spa, by playing sports, or even visiting Tranchet Zoo.

  • 6 Sables-d'Olonne Zoo

    Industrial tourism and theme park

    Route du Tour-de-France

    The zoo has many animals, including camels, llamas, kangaroos, monkeys and birds.

  • 7 Church of Notre Dame de Bon Port

    Religious buildings

    pl. de l'Église

    Richelieu decided to build this church in 1646. Its Gothic arches are supported by Corinthian pillars.

  • 8 Sainte-Croix Abbey Museum

    Museums and art

    Rue de Verdun

    The Benedictine abbey that houses the museum dates from the 17C. One section is dedicated to regional ethnology (interior of a marshland cottage), the other to contemporary art with a series by Victor Brauner, works by the master of art brut Gaston C..

  • 9 Arundel Tower

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    prom. Jean XXIII

    This lighthouse was once the dungeon of the chateau built by Lord Arundel in the 12C.

  • 10 St-Nicolas Priory

    Religious buildings

    prom. Jean XXIII

    This former chapel built in the 11C was converted into a fort in 1779 to control the traffic entering and leaving the port. In the garden nearby, there is a mosaic fresco from 1971 in memory of those lost at sea.

  • 11 Olonne Forest

    Nature and gardens

    Forêt d'Olonne

    This forest north of Sables stretches about 15km over 1000ha of dunes crisscrossed by trails. Oaks and pines form a strip of green between the Ocean and the Vertonne marshes.

  • 12 Salt Marshes

    Nature and gardens

    120 route de l'Aubraie

    Nowadays the salt marshes north of town are no longer used, and there is a plan to convert them into an oyster and mussel farming area.

  • 13 Port Olona

    Architecture, castles and historic districts

    quai Albert-Proutot

    Port Olonna, the Sables marina, is in a basin linking the town to La Chaume. This is the point of departure for the ''Vendée Globe Challenge'', held every four years (the same as the Olympic Games).

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