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Beaches, spa baths

For your holidays, choose your beach, pool, sunbathing, your beach clubs, and check the calendar of beaches ...

Choose your beach

Discover 'La Grande Plage', the loveliest beach in Europe… and we’re proud of it! 3 km of fine sandy beaches, an arc-shapedbay facing south, protected from the prevailing winds and the ocean surf.

Or the wild beaches between forest and dunes !

No Smoking Beaches

From 1 April to 30 September 2023 :
- the beaches of Tanchet, the Presidents and the Grande Plage will be closed to smoking.

The town of Les Sables d'Olonne has been awarded the 'Plage sans tabac' (Tobacco-free beach) label and is actively involved with the Ligue contre le cancer (League against cancer) in order to protect non-smokers from passive smoking and to avoid cigarette butts in the water and sand.


The City of Les Sables d'Olonne provides, free of charge, beach chairs that allow people with reduced mobility to roll around in the sand and enjoy swimming.
The beach chair allows people to enjoy the pleasures of the sand and the ocean 7 days a week from 1 May to 30 September 2022 on the urban beaches (Grande Plage and Tanchet) and from 18 June to 28 August 2022 on the Plage des Granges.
- 2 beach chairs are available on the Grande Plage, at the level of the access ramp located at the embankment pool from 10:30 am to 7:00 pm
- 1 beach chair is available at Tanchet, at the access ramp opposite the ocean sports institute from 10.30am to 7pm.
- 1 beach chair is available at Les Granges. (emergency access "SABLE 01 PLAGE") in the pre-season, weekends from 12.00 to 19.00 and weekdays from 14.00 to 18.30. In high season from 12.00 to 19.00.

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For our pets
From April to October, dogs are not allowed on the Grande Plage, Tanchet and La Paracou.
However, they are welcome on the rest of the 22 kilometres of Sablais coastline, north of La Paracou, provided they are kept on a lead.
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The most beautiful bays in the World

At the end of 2021, the Bay of Les Sables d'Olonne was recognised as one of the "Most Beautiful Bays in the World" by the international association of the same name, which groups together 45 bays in 27 countries around the world.

The most beautiful bays in the world


Although the first spa bath regulations in Les Sables d’Olonne date from 1816, it was not until 1825 that the first thermal baths appeared, featuring the famous Bathing machines, frequented by the aristocracy. The spa baths still exist, but are now adapted to 21st century needs.

Games, competitions, sporting activities, swimming for beginners for clubs with a pool. The beach club is a good option for combining the beach with leisure. Some clubs require the presence of an accompanying adult, information available from the club of your choice.

Signalétique des Drapeaux des plages surveillées

Signalétique Drapeaux Plages

Tide time

There are two high tides and two low tides a day – one tide every 6 hours. The tide is either coming in or going out.
The amplitude of these tides is expressed by a coeffi- cient 3 (20 to 120).
The higher this is, the further the sea will go out at low tide.
During spring tides, the sun aligns itself with the moon and the tidal coefficient is the highest of the year.
These tides occur approximately every 6 months, in spring time and autumn.


Nautical activities

All clubs offer lessons, individual and group courses for all agesand levels. Suits and equipment supplied.

A few tips to preserve our ocean

The Atlantic Ocean, our beaches and rocky coasts are living, fragile environments all year round.
Please sort your rubbish in the bins provided.
Do not throw your rubbish in the water or on the sand.
Avoid light bags and objects that can fly away, especially plastic bags.

Did you know?

Biodegradability scale :
2 years: cigarette butt
5 years: sweet wrapper
10 to 100 years: metal cans
450 years: plastic bag.

Bathing water quality

To find out about the quality of bathing water and the latest health instructions for shore fishing,
Please contact
- Regional Health Agency: 02 49 10 40 00


Section: information/health-environment

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