Les Sables d'Olonne > Small-scale fishing harbour

Small-scale fishing harbour

Quai Ernest Franqueville

The first stones were laid in the 15th century on the orders of Louis XI. In the 16th century, whale fishing, and the salt, wine, corn and sai- ling cloth trades made it one of the busiest harbours. Then the great cod-fishing era took off on the banks of Terre-Neuve. The fish was cured on the boat immediately after being caught, using salt from Olonne.
This was then followed by the sar- dine and tuna fishing eras. A series of works were undertaken in the 18th
To visit century to give the fishing harbour the form we see today, with its jetties and quays…

Guided tour of the fishing harbour (in French) :
Let our local guides show you what happens behind the scenes at the fishing harbour in a 1 1/2 hour tour. Explanation of the dealer’s and trader’s role, observation of sales transactions and different fish and seafood. Film showing images of today and yesteryear. On Tuesdays and Thursdays at 6.15 am from 18th June to 10th September (only Tuesday in June and September). Admission: 6,10€/adult, 4€/5 to 16 years. Bookings compulsory at the Tourist Office of Les Sables d’Olonne.


  • Open all year


  • Location of the place
    • on the harbour

Last update : 30/01/2018 at 10h49
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