The beach at
Les Sables d'Olonne also known as Le Grande Plage, is one of the safest in the
Vendee. This long crescent of gently shelving sand is protected to the north by
the harbour wall, not only on the Les Sables side, but also by the breakwater
that stretches out from the Fort de Saint Nicolas. This headland gives
protection to shipping entering and leaving the port from the rocks of la
Baleine on the tip of the headland at Chaume. This protection includes
disrupting the tidal currents and Atlantic swells that cause undercurrents. This
protection lessens as you move south towardsla Tanchette
La Tanchette may be the province of the surfer and wind surfer, but le Grande
Plage is home to the dingy sailor, and these often colourful boats add great
atmosphere and interest to this part of the beach.
surveillance posts on the beach and, as you would expect from a tourist centre
as large as Les sables d’Olonne, there are a wealth of facilities including
restaurants, cafes and bars as well the usual gift and tourist shops close at
hand. If you want a break from the beach you can visit the Zoo , or take a walk around the fishing harbour or the
pleasure port which, every four years in November, hosts the start and finish of
the world famous Vendée Globe sailing race.
the Beaches of the
Vendee to discover more of the vendees treasures.