Les Sables d’Olonne is the main seaside resort in Vendee, on the West Coast of France. Known as the Cote de la Lumiere (Coast of Light), this area combines over 12 kilometers of sandy beaches, a microclimate and a refreshing sea breeze for the ideal holiday destination.
If you enjoy the great outdoors, then camping in Vendee offers you greater freedom than other holiday options. Our campsite in Les Sables d’Olonne is right on the beach and it is easy to reach other areas along the coast on foot or bikes, which can be hired at the campsite.
Having enjoyed breakfast on the deck of your mobile home, there are plenty of ways to burn off the calories in a good French croissant or brioche in the local area. Starting on-site, there is a large swimming pool complex. From just outside the campsite, you can join an extensive cycle network that makes it delightful to explore the Vendee region and just a short distance away there are plenty of other sporting activities which you can take part in.
As a few examples, you can take part in horse riding through the Foret d’Olonne, canoe up the Saline River or join a sailing course at the sail centre, which also offers the chance to have a go at water skiing. If you prefer a gentle stroll, Le Remblai is ideal; a promenade of shops and cafes, where you can simply watch the world go by.
For those keen on fishing, Les Sables d’Olonne offers the opportunity for sea fishing trips, beach casting, freshwater fishing and even night fishing excursions. A short distance along the coast is La Chaume, a traditional fishing quarter which was once a separate island and where boats still head out for their daily catch.
Port Olona is a popular attraction in Les Sables d’Olonne. It marks the starting point of one of the world’s toughest yacht races; the Vendee Globe. Participants in this race head off on a round the world challenge, where no assistance is allowed. It only occurs once every four years and fans will have to wait until 2016 for the next race, but there are yachts in the water at all times of the year.
For nature lovers, a guided boat trip with Salines is an ideal way to explore the salt marshes. Whilst salt is still harvested in the marshes, they also provide a haven for wildlife, particularly birds. A popular attraction for children is the Museum du Coquillage, which has a collection of 45,000 shells and other sea exhibits including a shark display.
With all this and more in Les Sables d’Olonne, it is no wonder that Vendee camping is such a popular choice!
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