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Activities in Les Sables d'Olonne

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Les Sables d'Olonne has over 180 years of history in providing for holiday makers, and as such has developed all of the necessary infrastructures and facilities to provide for their visitors. As the Vendée’s original and largest holiday resort you would expect every conceivable activity possible, and you will not be disappointed.
Below we have listed many of these activities with links to further pages for more detailed information where appropriate.

Bowling: 10 pin bowling. 10 Bdv.du Souvenir Francais, Tel. 02 51 32 32 54.
                Ten alleys plus Pool and French Billiards.

Canoeing/Kayaking: If you have your own canoe or kayak then you will be spoilt for choice of venue. The area around les Sables d'Olonne has both the sea and the Marais Olonne which includes the rivers Vertonne and Auzance.
If you need to hire equipment then the following establishments offer hire/instruction.

Marais Olonne:
L'Ile d'Olonne.Base Canoes de l'Auzance. Rue du Courroux. L'Ile d'Olonne
                    Tel. 06 62 41 95 90. April to September.

Olonne. Base de Canos les Loirs. Tel. 02 51 90 75 45.

Les sables d'OlonneBase de Canoes les Salines, 120 route de l'Aubraie.
                                                  Tel. 02 51 21 01 19.
                                                  Institute Sports Ocean, Prom. Kennedy.
                                                  Tel. 02 51 95 15 66.

Les Sables d'Olonne: Canoe Kayak Cote de Lumiere 1 Promenade Kennedy.
                               Tel.02 51 95 15 66.

Cycling: Cycling is not only a good way of keeping in trim while on holiday, it is also one of the best ways to discover the local area, with hundreds of kilometres of cycle tracks in the vendée, all clearly marked and often taking you to places difficult to get to by other means.
If you are able to bring your bikes with you you will have the convenience of being able to cycle where you want when you want and of course without the added cost of hiring the equipment.
However if should you need to hire the following establishments offer bike hire in the area.

Cycles Evasion. 32, rue Alcide Gabaret. Tel. 02 51 20 15 64.
                                      Holiday Bikes. 66 Prom. Georges Clemenceau. Tel. 02 51 32 64 15.

Diving/Sub-aqua: For those who want to discover the underwater world of the Vendée coast or perhaps take lessons there are several establishments that will help fulfill your ambition. For fuller details see Diving in the Vendée

Fishing: The main types of fishing are beach casting and deep sea fishing though of course you could include "Peche a Main" literally hand fishing or the collecting of shell fish from the rocks and sands at low tide.
Because of the popularity of the beaches, beach casting is usually reserved for night time, rough weather or out of season. It is also true that most fishermen prefer the more isolated beaches both north and south of Les Sables d'Olonne.
Deep sea fishing is well catered for and boats that make fishing trips are listed in our section on Boat Charters in the Vendée

Flying: If you want to just take a look at the Vendée from the air, take lessons or even take a parachute drop then the following may help.

Vendée Aero club, Aerodome de la Lande, Chateau Olonne Tel.02 51 22 07 30.
                         Flights and lessons

Aero Atlantic. Aerodome de la Lande, Chateau Olonne.
                   Flights and lessons planes and Helicopter.

Parachuting.Heracles Academy. Rue de Petit Versailles Chateau Olonne

Golf: Many visitors to the Vendée want to be able to take in a round of golf and Les Sables gives the visitor two options; either the 18 hole main course or mini-golf. The following course are available at Les Sables d'Olonne. For courses further afield see Golfing in the Vendée

Golf Olonne. Tel. 02 51 33 16 16  3 km from les Sables d'Olonne.
18 holes. Par 72.   6063meters.  Architect, Bruno Parcocl
Pro. Mark Nicolas. Practice.  6 covered, 20 non covered, putting green.Approach

Mini Golf: Joa Casino Pins. 14 Ave. Rhins Danube. Tel. 02 51 32 04 46.

Horse Riding:

Sablais Horse-riding and Pony Club
Certified "Cheval Qualité France" & "Poney Qualité France" standards. Horse and pony riding lessons for beginners and advanced riders. First-rate facilities on a 5-hectare site.
Indoor manège, 3 outdoor schools, cross-country course.
Tarifs:1h with horse 16€  1h with pony 13€  Hand-led rides from 4€ to 8€ for 3 to 6 years olds.
Open all year round. From Monday to Saturday from 10.00 7 p.m..
July-August from Monday to Saturday from 9.30 a.m. to 7.30 p.m..

Sauveterre Horse-Riding Centre, Olonne-sur-mer
Located close to the forest and beaches of Olonne, the centre offers horse and pony rides on the beach, in the forest or through the marshes. Horse-riding lessons given by state-qualified instructors, from beginners to advanced.
1 h horse 17€. 2 h with horse in the forest or the marshes 30€.   1/4 h pony 5€
2 h with horse on the beach 35€.  1/2 h pony 8€

Belle Noue Horse-Riding Centre, Château d’Olonne
Indoor riding school. Horse and pony rides. From 3 yrs.1h. with baby pony 13€
1h with horse 16€

Jet Skiing:Port Olona, Les Sables d'Olonne. Tel. 06 11 43 09 54.
                 Jet Port Olona, Les sables. Tel. 06 66 78 38 09

Atlantic Kart Systems. Le Chateau d'Olonne
Tel. 02 51 32 52 52
circuit of 1000m

Mecamax Circuit. L'Ile d'Olonne.
Tel 02 51 33 11 82.
On the D32 Route de Challon.
850m circuit. 45 karts.


Olonne-sur Mer. Paintball Loirsir. 75, rue du 8th Mai 1945, Tel 02 51 21 48 91
                        Open March 5th to November 15th.  10h to 20h

Parascending. For those that want the frill of hanging from a paracute while being towed by a  boat can get it at, Les Circaetes, Les Sables d'Olonne.
Tel.06 09 80 28 70.

Sailing: Whether you wish to go sailing on in a dingy, a land yacht, or an off shore sailing schooner Les Sables d'Olonne  the sailing capital of the Vendée will not disappoint.  For a fuller list of the firms who offer services in sailing of one kind or another see sailing in the Vendée and/or Boating in the Vendée.
If you have brought your own craft there are many places to launch dinghies and small catamarans  for free. If you arrive by sea in a larger craft then you will need to make a reservation with the port Captain.

Skate boarding and Roller blades. The following have facilities for these sports.

C.A.J. Rue des Capucines Olonne-sur-Mer.

Castle  de Olumn. Bld. Des Anciens. Chateau d'Olonne. Tel. 02 51 21 09 67.

Surfing: The surfing beach of Les Sables is at Tanchet which is just south of the main beach. Here the Atlantic rollers come in to give some good breaks. The main beach at les Sables is protected by the harbour breakwater. For other beaches nearby see Surfing in the Vendée

Wind Surfing
: The main beach is quite sheltered and is therefore not ideal though as you move south towards la tanchet beach the winds are better. There are some restrictions near the main beach in the high season on some boating activities.
Kite Surfing. There are areas where this sport can be practiced  out of the main season though you will need the appropriate certificate.

Swimming: The beach at les Sables d'Olonne is possibly the finest on the west coast of France and the gentle shelving sands and sheltered water make swimming a real pleasure. For those who come out of season or want their water at a constant temperature there are two  heated pools.
Piscine du Remblai, Prom Admiral Lafargue. Tel 02 51 23 53 00. Here there are two saltwater pools, both are heated to a balmy 29 degrees. There is also a Jucuzzi and Aqugym.

Piscine des Chirons. Rue Chateaubriand. Oloone-sur-Mer. Tel 02 51 32 53 58.
                              A covered indoor pool with a temperature of 28 degrees.

Squash: Bld. Du Souvenir Francais. Tel. 02 51 32 96 96.


Ile d’Olonne Club 1 outdoor court 7€/hour   Tel.06 72 51 13 92.
Olonne sur Mer Club.Rue Léo Lagrange  Tel.02 51 90 78 78
                            6 courts including 1 indoor  8€ per hour.
Club du Château d’Olonne Maison des Sports Rue Suzanne Lenglen.  Tel. 02 51 95 10 57
                                   2 indoor courts.  6 outdoor courts.
Sablais Tennis Club. Rue Auguste Blandin. Tel.02 51 95 20 12.
                           10 hard courts. 1 classic-clay court. 5 mateco courts. 4 indoor courts.
Les Sauniers Tennis. 8, Impasse des Sauniers  La Chaume  Tel.02 51 21 23 89
                             4 courts.  2 green and 2 surfaced
Tennis Joa Casino Les Pins.  Rue Auguste Blandin  Tel. 02 51 95 20 12

Water Skiing: Atlantique Sports Excursions. Quai Albert Prouteau, Port olona.
                     Tel. 06 71 43 06 98

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