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Welcome to Nantes

On the banks of the Loire, westerly Nantes was long one of France’s most important port cities. Today, it has blossomed into a vibrant, livable urban center, with a wealth of history and culture. The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany dates to the 15th century and is one of the city’s most imposing landmarks, alongside the Gothic magnificence of the Nantes Cathedral. Nantes’ decidedly creative spirit can be seen in the Machines de l’Île theme park (inspired by the works of Nantes-born Jules Verne) and Le Lieu Unique, a contemporary arts space.

Top 4 attractions in Nantes

Machines of the Isle (Les Machines de L'ile)

Whether you’re climbing aboard a life-size mechanical elephant, riding on a carousel of fantastical sea creatures, or operating a flying machine, a visit to Les Machines de L'île is probably unlike anything you’ve experienced before. Inspired by the creations of novelist Jules Verne, Nantes’ flagship attraction is fun for all ages.More

Nantes Art Museum (Musée d'Arts de Nantes)

Inaugurated in 1900 and currently undergoing a thorough renovation and extension by the Stanton Williams architect group, the Nantes Art Museum (Musée d'Arts de Nantes) is Nantes’ flagship art museum, celebrated for its large and varied collection of works, dating from the 12th to the 20th centuries.Highlights of the vast permanent collection include works by Delacroix, Rousseau, Tintoretto, Perugino, Renoir, and Gauguin, among many others, with key pieces including Rubens’ The Triumph of Judas Maccabaeus, Delaunay’s David Triumphant and Chagall’s Le Cheval Rouge. A well-established series of temporary exhibits complement the main displays, with a greater focus on contemporary art, while late openings on Thursday evenings include music, dance and literature inspired events.More
Boissière du Doré Zoo (Zoo de la Boissière du Doré)

Boissière du Doré Zoo (Zoo de la Boissière du Doré)

Founded in 1984 and located 45 minutes from Nantes, the Zoo de la Boissière du Doré is home to over 800 animals and 70 different species, from giraffes to panthers to blue poison dart frogs. A popular destination for families, this conservation center and zoo gives visitors the chance to learn about wildlife from around the world.More


In the French port city of Saint-Nazaire, near Nantes, get a glimpse of what life would have been like aboard a historic ocean-going vessel. Escal’Atlantic, an interactive museum dedicated to “the historical ocean-liner experience,” displays more than 200 artifacts, all of which hail from ships built in Saint-Nazaire.More
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When to visit

Nantes is most popular in summer. It’s when tourists flock to landmarks such as the Château des ducs de Bretagne, head beyond city limits to the Brittany coast, and attend events such as the Summer Hours Festival (Festival aux Heures d’Été), which brings a wide-ranging program of concerts, screenings, and other performances to the city. To discover the university city’s scholarly side, visiting in autumn is also a pleasant and comfortable time to explore.

Getting around

Nantes is accessible by mainline trains from Paris via the Nantes Station (Gare de Nantes), and the Nantes Atlantique Airport connects the city to domestic and international destinations. Nantes itself operates a tram system, multiple bus routes, and an airport shuttle. Otherwise, Nantes is eminently walkable (its medieval Bouffay district is best explored on foot), and is also bike-friendly.

Traveler tips

The people of Nantes are food lovers, and one of the best places to discover the city’s gastronomic side is in the covered Marché de Talensac, which dates to the 1930s. Inside, visitors can browse produce stalls; shop for cheese, meat, and freshly caught seafood; or visit the small cafés and bars nearby, which offer an easy way to indulge in all that fresh and local fare.

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