Les Sables-d'Olonne - the long beach, bustling seafront and chic shops of Les Sables d'Olonne have earned it the name 'mini Nice'.
An aerial view, La Rochelle in the North and Sabl-d'Olonne in the South
Summer, The Beach at Les Sables d'Olonne
Albert Marquet (1875-1947)
This town on the Côte de la Lumière (Coast of Light) doesn't only offer a beach that is nearly 2 miles long but also a museum dedicated to the Vendéen Wars, the Musée de l'Abbaye Ste-Croix (founded in the 17th century by Benedictine monks and now a museum of contemporary art as well as prehistory), and the Église Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Port built in 1646 by Richelieu.
And summer festivals bring out the locals, said to be the descendants of the Moors driven from Spain, in folk costumes.
MUSEE AUTOMOBILE DE VENDEE
Cars museum, in the 3300m² exhibition hall, entirely decorated with old posters & accessories related to the automobile, there are 160 different cehicles in working order on display : motor cars, horse-drawn vehicles, cycles & motorcycles. The collection begins in 1885 & ends withe the 1970's.
MUSEE DE L'ABBAYE SAINTE-CROIX
The reputation of the Musee has continued to spread since its foundation in 1963. Its collections are based on 3 main themes : Modern & contemporary Art : noteworthy 2 sets of Canvasses by Victor Brauner & Gaston Chaissac. Prehistory : overview of the excavations carried out in the "department". Folks Arts & Traditions. Temporary Exhibitions. Major collection of modern and contemporary art. Room devoted to the ethnography of seawater baths and to the Sables d'Olonne fishing port.