This is Les Sables d'Olonne. City of the Vendée Globe. The home port of the single-handed round-the-world race. Its mythical channel carries the ultimate dreams of great sailors and chasers of distant horizons. This is the birthplace of Adventure, the legend of the Vendée Globe.

From Titouan Lamazou to Yannick Bestaven, via Michel Desjoyaux, many have paced our sandy quays and met the admiring gaze of thousands of enthusiasts. From the Golden Globe Race to the Mini Transat and the Vendée Globe, the great adventure of ocean racing is written in Les Sables d'Olonne.

Here, adventure is born and nature flourishes.

From the white gold of the salt marshes, to the golden sands of our wild beaches, to the byways of our forests, the Sables region offers breathtaking landscapes. Breathe in... and let yourself be intoxicated. By the curves of the waves of our most beautiful surf spots, acclaimed by the French Surfing Championships and the World Paddle Championships. Then let yourself be carried away. By the sails of a catamaran or the paddles of a va'a. The Sablais is an Optimist.

And the festive Sablaise storyteller. The lace of her headdress tells of the town's maritime identity and the richness of its past.A history engraved in the precious stones of our heritage. This is Les Sables d'Olonne. One of the most beautiful bays in the world. A setting for Adventure, Nature and Culture. The eternal beauty of a town by the sea.

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