Les Sables-d’Olonne is a stunning seaside resort town in France where travellers can explore a bustling promenade and special events in addition to the inviting waters of the Lumière coast. The seafront promenade is known for its satisfying collection of cafes and shops, but one of the most popular spots is the beach that stretches nearly 2 miles in length. Local history is prominent as well, with the city celebrating its 800th anniversary in 2018.

The maritime traditions of this city are strong with plenty of fishing spots and ports for both commercial fishing and travellers who want to cast their line and relax. Additionally, visitors can explore historic buildings like Abbaye Sainte-Croix and its accompanying museum for fascinating insight into the area’s past. In the Château-d’Olonne district, travellers can enjoy more outdoor-oriented experiences such as hiking and biking along with water sports, such as sailing or surfing.

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    Les Sables-d'Olonne is one of the brighter stars on France’s Coast of Light (Côte de Lumière). Located roughly between Saint-Nazaire and La Rochelle, it’s noted for its busy fish markets, bustling nightlife and superb beach. As with most old French towns, it wears its history with pride, especially around the town centre, but is ringed by modern developments, ensuring that...

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    Great restaurants in Les Sables-d’Olonne, as you might expect of a coastal town, mostly revolve around the fruits of the sea. The southern edge of the port, where it borders the Old Town, is practically lined with first-class seafood restaurants. There are plenty more just over the waterway and along Quai George V. Most of the options around the port are...

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