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In France, the Musée de l'Abbaye Sainte-Croix is a pioneering site in the field of modern and contemporary art. Since 1963, the Museum has never ceased to assert itself as a place of expression and dissemination for artists and their works.
Having mounted over 200 exhibitions, since its opening and with a permanent collection composed of two major collections (the works of Gaston Chaissace and Victor Brauner), the public can discover a wide variety of twentieth century artists at Sables d'Olonne in this museum.
Le Remblai promenade has been a popular spot for walks with holidaymakers and locals alike at Sables d'Olonnes. Running alongside the Les Sables d'Olonne beach, it makes it possible to fully enjoy of the waterfront on sunny days.
Now fully renovated featuring a pleasant hardwood boardwalk, it's the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll with an ice cream, or engage in some people watching from a bench.
L'île Penotte is a small neighbourhood of the town centre of Sables d'Olonne, located a few metres from the beach.
Since 1997, the "Les amis de l'île Penotte" association has pursued its aim of improving the neighbourhood.
In this context, the artist Danièle Aubin-Arnaud has redecorated the façades of the houses with the help of shellfish of all kinds. Creative, pretty and typical.
The Museum du Coquillage (Shell Museum) boasts a private collection that is unique in Europe. The display cases are filled with thousands of shells of every imaginable shape and colour. Not to mention the star fish, sea urchins, sponges and preserved crustaceans. Visitors will be able to take home a souvenir of their visit.
Only appearing in the 20th century, sailing greatly developed in Les Sables d'Olonne. The Port des Sables d'Olonne is now the largest marina in Vendée.
Port Olona is also a hosting ground for the major nautical races such as: the Vendée Globe, Solitaire Afflelou-Le Figaro, and even the Paris-Dauphine University Challenge.