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Beaches Les Sables d'Olonne
The beach at
Les Sables d'Olonne also known as Le Grande Plage, is one of the safest
in the Vendée. 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
on the La Chaume side of harbour entrance. This headland protects
shipping entering and leaving the port from the rocks of la Baleine on
the tip of the headland at la Chaume. This protection includes
disrupting the tidal currents and the Atlantic swells that cause
undercurrents. There is less protection as you move south towards la Tanchette .
La Tanchette may well be the province of the surfer and wind surfer,
but le Grande Plage is home to the dingy sailor, these often colourful
boats add great atmosphere and interest to this part of the beach.
There are 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.
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