Situated in the Vendée region of France, midway down the Bay of Biscay, Les Sables d'Olonne is a popular resort and fishing harbour. In recent years it has acquired additional fame as the starting point of the Vendée Globe, the non-stop, single-handed, around-the-world race. In strong winds, the approach to the entrance can be a little difficult, but in most conditions it is well sheltered and should not be a problem. Port Olona has a total of 1,300 berths including 130 for visitors. Pontoon L, at the northeast end of the basin, is reserved for large vessels and multihulls. Fuel, sewage removal and parking are available in the marina.