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What to see in Nantes, France ?
Nantes is the perfect getaway to Brittany and the Loire River. Over the last decade the go-ahead city of Nantes has transformed itself into an endearing metropolis.

About Nantes

At the heart of the city is the regenerated project stands and are a must-see attraction, the Machines de I’lle the home of the Grand Elephant. The city is stunning and full of remarkable energy.

Located 100km from Rennes, Nantes is the sixth  biggest city in France.  The city isn’t only appealing to workers it is also a super-fun place to visit.  Nantes has a lively music scene with regular concerts  help at the impressive Lieu Unique, previously a biscuit factory now a all purpose  event centre hosting art exhibits, cultural events and a variety of performances.

Historically Nantes is locally known as the independent t Capital of Brittany on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of Western France with a long history as a port and industrial centre. Home to the newly renovated 15th Century Chateau des Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived.  The castle is now a local history museum with multimedia exhibits, and visitors can walk among the torrents.

Nantes is now transformed from a gritty shipbuilding to city to a sociable cultural hub, quirky art and the student population keeps the city lively on the banks of the Loire River.
The is also known for art de vivre, and is home to one of France’s top sympathy orchestras and a fine opera company that performs in the Theatre Grasin.

The best way to experience Nantes is from the  top of the elephant, forty foot tall mechanical mammoth, with amazing views of the city. Propelled by a recycled combine-harvester engine and lumbers along at forty five feet a minute, trumpeting loudly and spraying water at the delighted locals and visitors.

In the city’s historic centre, the classic sites have been decked-out, from the 15th Century cathedral to the Chateau of Dukes of Brittany, now a museum of local history. Learn about the redoubtable Anne of Brittany, a women of power for five centuries and experience the shudders of the navires negriers, the slave ships.

Visit the Passage Pommeraye and experience the shopping in Nantes.  Built in 1843 and still unchanged in the 21st Century. Built on a steep incline, with three floors with numerous shops and monumental decorative staircase.

On the River Loire known locally as ‘Venice of the West’ – the most visited river in the whole of Europe along with the Danube and its tributaries.  The remarkable Loire with its natural space and intersection of two bird migration paths and is home to over 200 animal species.  Upstream, the historical richness of the Loire River and its castles will take anyone’s breath away.

Nantes is a stones throw away from Mont-Saint Michel, discover the important pilgrimage site. It is an experience in its self. Experience the different stages  of its construction and unique architecture ensemble that has been part of the UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Take advantage of your trip and along the coast towards Cancale and Saint-Malo, or stop in Rennes… Go West!

+ Information about Nantes

Below you can see some extra information and travel tips, you are welcome to leave comments if you have travel ideas you want to share.

Good restaurants in Nantes

Discover the best selection of restaurants in Nantes. The city offers plenty of choices to suit every budget.

L’ shakes up the culinary scene with a hefty dose of fusion flavours: tandori-spiced veal tajine or monkfish with citrus vegetables are typical mains. For dinner in the evenings the chef insists on keeping gourmet diners senses going with surprise tasting menus. The chic restaurant is surrounded by a glass top space and is a refreshing space for locals .

The Crêperie Heb-Ken has been a local institution since 1976. Offering no-frills Crêperie cooks up every imaginable flavour of sweet and savoury crêpe.

Try the La Cigale in the city. Experience the breakfast, brunch, lunch or afternoon tea in Nante’s in the gendary brasserie, a dazzling riot of gilded tile work and frescoed ceilings in a series of historic salons dating to 1895. In summer, seating spills outside on an a beautiful fountain-pierced square.

Hotels in Nantes

Explore Nantes and stay in a room designed by artists, a cottage perched on top of a smokestack overlooking the Loire River.  The city offers accommodation for all tastes and budgets, Nantes and its surroundings offer a variety of luxury hotels, guest houses and boutique hotels.

Oceania Hotel De France Nantes, located right in heart of the city. A grand 18th Century townhouse, only one minute walk away from the Theatre Graslin and the Place Royale, famous for its historic Loire River and fountain. Discover on the most commercial streets in Nantes. Charmed with history, luxury.

The Sozo boutique hotel in the city centre of Nantes. Transformed and decorated 19th Century chapel. The beautiful hotel offers a unique encounter between design and historical architecture. It is ideally situated for an urban escape, with an outstanding view of the Botanical Garden.

Stay at the Hotel Pommeraye in downtown Nantes in an 18th Century building  in the heart of the Graslin District. Enjoy breakfast served in your room or buffet style and indulge in in the organic local produce and just a few metres from Passage Pommeraye.

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