Les Sables d’Olonne
The city with the wind in its sails!
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With a peninsula that benefits from a mild climate and a large ocean sky filled with sunshine, les Sables d’Olonne has the combined assets of both a seaside resort and a vibrant city. With a golf course, spa, 2 casinos, congress centre and 3-kilometre beach, les Sables d’Olonne’s all encompassing passion for the sea is made accessible to all.
Economic dynamism and year round serenity
Since its creation in 1218, les Sables d’Olonne has maintained close links to the sea. The district of La Chaume, cradle of the city, have links to the continent back in the middle ages and, to this day, reminders of times gone by are still in existence. The Arundel Tower marks the entrance to the chenal and entry to the harbours; the fishing port continues to thrive and the commercial port plays host to impressive cargo ships.
At the far end of the chenal is Port Olona, the 1,500 berth marina, home to the now mythical Vendée Globe, a solo non-stop round the world sailing race without assistance. This ultimate event has quickly become an iconic symbol of les Sables d’Olonne and the city emulates the race’s spirit by continuously striving for success and looking to the future. By focusing on the needs of tourism, local business and residents the city ensures economic prosperity all year round.
Not only do the inhabitants of les Sables d’Olonne, included in the population of 45,000 people in the “Pays des Olonnes” benefit from clear seaside air, the city also provides an active network of organisations linked to sports and the arts resulting in a varied cultural programme. For those looking further afield, the TGV (high-speed train) and motorway connections make accessing inshore destinations easy.