Sables d'Olonne tourism and travel guide

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Sables d'Olonne is situated in the Vendee department and Pays de la Loire region.

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Sables d'Olonne. For detailed visitor information see the Sables d'Olonne travel guide.

Tourist classifications for Sables d'Olonne include "zoo or wildlife park".

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Sables d'Olonne in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include Port Bourgenay at 10 km and Talmont-Saint-Hilaire at 12 km.

Sables d'Olonne, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

Chateau d'Olonne

Chateau d'Olonne

Seaside resort at 3 km (direction east)

Chateau d'Olonne is a very small resort, well placed for exploring the...

See Chateau d'Olonne guide
Port Bourgenay

Port Bourgenay

at 10 km (direction east-south-east)

The small resort of Bourgenay has a port and a popular beach...

See Port Bourgenay guide


at 12 km (direction east)

The small town of Talmont-Saint-Hilaire is mainly known for the Chateau de...

See Talmont-Saint-Hilaire guide


at 13 km (direction north-north-west)

Brem-sur-Mer is a small resort with a long beach to the north...

See Brem-sur-Mer guide
Chateau de Talmont

Chateau de Talmont

Castle at 13 km (direction east)

The Chateau of Talmont is a ancient castle, now in ruins, in...

See Chateau de Talmont guide


Seaside resort at 16 km (direction north-north-west)

Bretignolles-sur-Mer is one of the smallest Vendee resorts - still has a...

See Bretignolles-sur-Mer guide


Seaside resort at 18 km (direction east-south-east)

Jard-sur-Mer is a very pleasant, if quite small, Vendee resort with a...

See Jard-sur-Mer guide


at 20 km (direction east-south-east)

Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard is a small resort in Vendee where you can visit the...

See Saint-Vincent-sur-Jard guide


Seaside resort at 24 km (direction east-south-east)

At Longeville-sur-Mer you will enjoy the lively market in the town as...

See Longeville-sur-Mer guide


at 25 km (direction north-west)

The port town of Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie is an attractive and traditional town, very...

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at 27 km (direction east)

The village of Moutiers-les-Mauxfaits in Vendée has a large medieval market hall...

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Seaside resort at 28 km (direction north-west)

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the beach resort next to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie...

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La Tranche-sur-Mer

La Tranche-sur-Mer

Seaside resort at 31 km (direction east-south-east)

La Tranche-sur-Mer is a small resort, but very pleasant and with an...

See La Tranche-sur-Mer guide
La Roche-sur-Yon

La Roche-sur-Yon

at 33 km (direction east-north-east)

La Roche-sur-Yon has an attractive town centre around the gardens of the...

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Markets in and near Sables d'Olonne

Market days in Sables d'Olonne: weekly market: every day;

  • Sables d'Olonne: market every day (0km)
  • Brem-sur-Mer: market Tuesday & Friday (13km)
  • Bretignolles-sur-Mer: market Thursday & Sunday (16km)
  • La Mothe-Achard: market Friday (16km)
  • Jard-sur-Mer: market Monday (18km)
  • Saint Gilles Croix de Vie: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Saturday (25km)
  • Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez: market Tuesday & Thursday & Sunday & Monday & Friday (28km)
  • Angles: market Wednesday & Sunday (31km)
  • La Tranche-sur-Mer: market Wednesday & Saturday (32km)
  • La Roche-sur-Yon: market Wednesday & Tuesday & Thursday & Saturday & Friday (33km)

More information about Sables d'Olonne, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Sables d'Olonne, France

What to do at Sables d'Olonne? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Sables d'Olonne.

Heritage sites

Most beautiful villages in France

(see also beautiful French villages)

National Monuments

  • Georges Clemenceau house (20km)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Phare de la Pointe des Corbeaux (44km)
  • Fort de Pierre-Levée (50km)
  • Port-Joinville (50km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)


Geography and distances

Sables d'Olonne is in the west of France at 33 kilometres from La Roche-sur-Yon, the department capital (general information: Sables d'Olonne is 405 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Sables d'Olonne

Canton: Sables-d'Olonne

Arrondissement: Sables-d'Olonne

Department: Vendee

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 85100

Distance to Sables d'Olonne

from La Roche-sur-Yon (prefecture): 33 km

from Paris: 405 km

from Calais: 562 km

from Nice: 774 km

from Bordeaux: 207 km

from Strasbourg: 751 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car from a cross-channel ferry port - Saint Malo is convenient at around 3 hours drive. For driving distances to Sables d'Olonne from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 2 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Chateau-d'Olonne and Olonne-sur-Mer.

This page in French: Visiter Sables d'Olonne