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.
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.
La Chaume is the oldest neighbourhood of Les Sables d'Olonne, a real "cradle" of the town, as it was founded centuries before. It is separated from it by the access channel to the port.
You will enjoy walking in the labyrinth of its streets, admiring the low houses. During your walk, don't miss two main belvederes: the Prieuré Saint-Nicolas , a former chapel from the 11th century and the Tour d'Arundel, the remains of a stronghold.
The Les Salines adventure park offers you a family walk to discover salt over a 10 hectare marshland. On a boat over the salty river or via the park, you will learn, in a fun way, about the history of white gold. Intrigue, an observatory, games and lots of other events will allow you to explore this unique park, which attracts nearly 35,000 visitors every year. You can also attend shows while the children can collect salt.
On the rocky coast of the Château d'Olonne, discover a geological curiosity of the region: the Puits d'Enfer, a sizeable fault dividing the cliff!
The sea smashes through it at high tide. Myths and legends circulate around this place.
You can also walk on the coastal paths and benefit from a remarkable view of the ocean.