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Spend the proper seaside weekend in sunny Sables d’Olonne, in Vendée. Take a deep, salty breath of recent air, discover the fish market and the slim streets of the middle and tuck into native seafood for a perfect quick break on the French Atlantic coast.

View from the character park at Damona Lodges © Damona Lodges

Day 1

Stay at Damona Lodges, within the coronary heart of nature the place silence is nearly king or on the Vigie residence the place you’ll be able to go to sleep to the sound of the crashing waves.

For your first day, head outside for a motorcycle experience on the Vélodyssée path. Crossing forests, marshes, it’s an exploration alongside the wild Atlantic coast with the massive expanses of golden sand within the background.

Stop for lunch in one of many eating places situated on the route or take a picnic basket laden with native delicacies.

Your afternoon will be devoted to the native gastronomy. Start the afternoon proper with a wine tasting at Domaine St Nicolas or des Granges. For a candy deal with, cease at world-champion chocolatier, Vincent Vallée. Don’t miss a fast go to to Comptoir la Sablaise, the final fish cannery in Les Sables d’Olonne.

For dinner, head to the port and tuck right into a scrumptious meal made up of the recent catch of the day in one of many many seafood eating places.

A cycle alongside the coast is the proper begin to your weekend in Les Sables d’Olonne © Nathalie Chevre

Day 2

On your second day and after your first espresso, go for a stroll on the fishing port and soak within the distinctive environment on the adjoining Poissonnerie. Then head to the Halles Centrales, a lovely iron and glass constructing for a recent oyster-tasting break on the market Continue via the pedestrian streets of the city middle and the Penotte Island district the place you’ll be able to observe intricate shell frescoes on the facades of homes. Carry on towards the embankment and the seaside villas to soak up the structure of the 1900s-Nineteen Twenties when Les Sables was a famend seaside resort.

Sit down for lunch in a restaurant on the principle seashore for a calming second.

In the afternoon, get pleasure from a peaceable canoe experience or a cool stand-up paddle board experience within the marshes.

Make a cease in Port Olona with a view of the marina the place the well-known Vendée Globe departs from then stroll within the streets close to the Chaume district, a maritime neighborhood boasting slim streets and conventional fishermen’s cottages.

Enjoy a gourmand dinner to finish your keep on a tasty be aware, with a dinner at one-Michelin-star restaurant L’Abissiou for example.

Port Olona © Nathalie Chevre

What to look out for this yr?

  • The 10th version of the Vendée Globe – departure on November 10th from Les Sables d’Olonne

For extra info, go to www.destination-lessablesdolonne.co.uk

Lead photograph credit score: The Sables d’Olonne bay © Antoine Martineau

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A Weekend By the Sea in Les Sables d’Olonne