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La Chaume

During the Roman era this was a fishing village on the island of Vertime, but over the centuries the sea that separated the island from the mainland silted up and it became a part of the mainland. The shifting sand dunes were then stabilised with the planting of a forest of pine trees which today is the foret d'olonne.
In Roman France there was no Les Sables d'Olonne, in fact there was no land where Les Sables d’Olonne is now situated, the sand bar on which the town now stands gradually developed as the Marais silted up, the port of Olonne-sur-mer became silted as well and it was only in 1472 by decree of Louis XI that the harbour of Les Sables-d'Olonne was dug out. The village of la Chaume was joined to les Sable-d'Olonne in 1753 in order for the little port to avoid paying the taxes that were crippling it.
At the entrance to the ocean stands the Priory of St.Nicholas, this ceased to be a religious establishment during the XVII century  when Sorbise turned it into an arms store, and it is still occasionally referred to as Fort St.Nicholas.

Tower of Arundel. Built in the 14th century by the Princes of Talmont, it is all that is left of the Chateau St.Clair, measuring 33m high it made an ideal lighthouse.

Today there are pleasant walks around the church of St.Nicholas and along the coast to the Pointe du Grouin Cou and there a few small beaches between the rocks .One could take in the small narrow streets of the old town or wander along the quayside to Port Olona with its many bars and restaurants. Every four years the world’s most prestigious single handed around the world sailing race, “The Vendee Globe”, leaves from the port .
You can take the ferry across the harbour to Les Sables d'Olonne which operates throughout the year.
Market days;  Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays.

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