Les Sables-d'Olonne

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Les Sables-d'Olonne

LeSablesdOlonnebeachfront.jpg
Coat of arms of Les Sables-d'Olonne
Les Sables-d'Olonne is located in France
Les Sables-d'Olonne
Administration
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentVendée
ArrondissementLes Sables-d'Olonne
CantonLes Sables-d'Olonne
IntercommunalityOlonnes
MayorLouis Guédon
(2004–2008)
Statistics
Elevation0–26 m (0–85 ft)
Land area18.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population216,105  (2006)
 - Density1,824 /km2 (4,720 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code85194/ 85100
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.
 
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Les Sables-d'Olonne

LeSablesdOlonnebeachfront.jpg
Coat of arms of Les Sables-d'Olonne
Les Sables-d'Olonne is located in France
Les Sables-d'Olonne
Administration
CountryFrance
RegionPays de la Loire
DepartmentVendée
ArrondissementLes Sables-d'Olonne
CantonLes Sables-d'Olonne
IntercommunalityOlonnes
MayorLouis Guédon
(2004–2008)
Statistics
Elevation0–26 m (0–85 ft)
Land area18.83 km2 (3.41 sq mi)
Population216,105  (2006)
 - Density1,824 /km2 (4,720 /sq mi)
INSEE/Postal code85194/ 85100
1 French Land Register data, which excludes lakes, ponds, glaciers > 1 km² (0.386 sq mi or 247 acres) and river estuaries.
2 Population without double counting: residents of multiple communes (e.g., students and military personnel) only counted once.

Coordinates: 46°29′50″N 1°47′00″W / 46.4972°N 1.7833°W / 46.4972; -1.7833

Les Sables-d'Olonne (pronounced: [lɛ sabl dolɔn]) (French meaning: "the sands of Olonne") is a seaside town in western France, by the Atlantic Ocean. It is a commune and a sub-prefecture of the Vendée department.

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Events

The Vendée Globe yacht race, which takes place every four years, starts and ends at the Sables-d'Olonne.

Personalities

The town is the birthplace of pirate François l'Olonnais.

Points of interest

Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix

Situated in a 17th century building, the museum is devoted to modern and contemporary art. This municipal museum has "Musée de France" status. Two principal artists represented : Gaston Chaissac (1910–1964) and Victor Brauner (1903–1966).[why?]

History

The history of Sables-d'Olonne has been linked with the Atlantic Ocean ever since its foundation in 1218 from Havre (harbor) d'Olonne by Savary I de Mauléon, the lord of Mauléon, Sénéchal of Poitou and prince of Talmont.

Twin towns

Les Sables-d'Olonne is a sister town of

See also

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