Les Sables-d’Olonne has a nautical consciousness that dates back to man’s first connection with the sea. During the Roman empire it was an important crossroads thanks to its harbor, “Le Havre d’Olonne”.
Famous as the leading cod fishing harbor into the 17th century, the “Belle Epoque” for Les Sables -d’Olonne really began in the early 1800s. The rising popularity of “ocean bathing” brought sophistication in the form of resort hotels, casinos, cafes and beach front restaurants. The same ambiance that first attracted the aristocracy and artistic class is awake and flourishing today. Walk the beach front rambla and you will feel it for yourself.
Today, Les Sables-d’Olonne is famous for being the home of the Vendée Globe single-handed, non-stop, yacht race around the world and Privilege Marine has played an important role from the very beginning.