In Nantes, publics areas, shops and parks are all flying the flag of creativity, making it one of Europe's best destinations to hop for a citybreak!
Nantes is known for having inspired Jules Verne and established co-operation with the surrealists. The vibrant city still continues to stir the imagination of artists, architects, and other poets: an elephant strolls along the Loire quayside, a soft-centred boat escapes from a canal lock...
The castle of the dukes of Brittany
The inner courtyard reveals an elegant 15th century ducal residence of tufa stone and other buildings dating back from the 15th and the 18th centuries. The history of the city is told in a tour divided into seven sequences. This city portrait covers all the major events in European and world history.
Find out more: www.chateaunantes.fr
A whole bestiary of machines at the 'île de Nantes'
'Les Machines de l'île de Nantes' is a totally unprecedented artistic project,which received the award for the most original attraction in the world. At the crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’industrial history, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards.
Find out more: www.lesmachines-nantes.fr
Estuaire NANTES <> SAiNT-NAZAIRE: an open-air museum!
The collection of 30 artworks created by famous artists allows you to discover the estuary of the Loire and its unusual sites. A “chimney house” perched 15-metre high, a 7m wide clock set on a concrete batching plant, a 120m long sea snake, a soft-looking boat… all sites are in open access
Find out more: www.estuaire.info
A very green city
With 57m2 of green spaces per inhabitant, Greater Nantes is one of the best-served areas in the world. Follow the 'Loire à vélo' route, ride your bicycle along a spectacular trail taking you on an unique journey to see up the Loire Valley and its estuary.
Going high in Le Nid, Tour Bretagne
Created by Jean Jullien, on the 32nd floor of the “Brittany Tower”, Le Nid is home to an enormous white bird who sleepily watches over the city, and whose reassuring presence invites spectators to come and contemplate the view.
Shopping in style
There aren’t many European towns that can claim to have a more architecturally valuable shopping arcade. The Passage Pommeraye in Nantes city centre is a 19th century covered alleyway.
Nantes is tasty
Nantes is at the crossroads between the ocean and the land, of sweet and salty, of vegetable and animal, between Brittany, the Vendée and the Loire. Discover the best selection of restaurants in Les Tables de Nantes guide. Visit also the vineyards to taste the local Muscadet wine.
Find out more: www.lestablesdenantes.fr
Quartier de la création
A fertile territory that constantly evolves. You will be amazed by the latest urban and architectural shapes on show there: Jean Nouvel, Lacaton & Vassal, De Portzamparc…
A bedroom dreamed up by artists, a cottage perched on a 15-metre high chimney overlooking the river Loire estuary, an old law court or a chapel. Whether contemporary design, traditional or eco-responsible… Nantes offers plenty of choices, for every wish and for every budget!
Events: all the excitement of an artistic and unusual city !
- HellFest: 17-19 June 2016
- Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, new history Museum: June 2016
- Le Voyage à Nantes event: 1st July to 28th August 2016
- La Nuit du Van: 1st July 2016
- La Nuit Bretonne: 23rd July 2016
- Les Rendez-Vous de l’Erdre: 25-28 August 2016
How to get there?
- By train: Nantes is roughly 2 hours from Paris by TGV train. TGV trains also run from Charles de Gaulle airport (3h15).
By plane: The Nantes international airport is only located 15mn away from the city centre.
Fly direct to Nantes from London Gatwick, London City, Southampton, Manchester, Bristol, Liverpool, and Birmingham.
Pass NanteS (24h, 48h, 72h): Discovering Nantes is easy!
Free admission to the tourist spots, visits and public transports / discounts. From €17.
For a classic visit or something completely one-off, discover Nantes with Nantes Tourism. From 7€ (Free with Pass nantes)
Plan your trip to Nantes
T. +33 272 640 479 - www.levoyageanantes.fr/en