Nantes is a city of western France famed for its quality of life. Settled on the banks of the mighty Loire River, 50 km from the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a kind of ‘surf and turf’ city that links bountiful agricultural lands with coastal areas. Named after a tribe of Ancient Gaul, it’s almost an understatement to say that the city has a long history. From the Place du Bouffay (Bouffay Square) in Old Nantes to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany to the Passage Pommeraye, historical landmarks abound in the city centre.

Labelled a European Green Capital in 2013, Nantes is also home to lively art, culture and dining scenes. The Muscadet white wine produced here is a perfect match to the seafood caught along the neighbouring coast. The bygone industrial heritage of the city can still be seen in the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a splendid family-friendly attraction boasting undeniable creativity. Home city of Jules Verne, one of the most popular French science fiction writers, Nantes has a lot to seduce and surprise you.

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  • 10 Best Things to Do After Dinner in Nantes

    Looking for things to do after dinner in Nantes? The fun continues way after the sun goes down and the city's lively nightlife can be found everywhere. From old warehouses repurposed as clubs and bars to dignified period buildings housing glam cocktail joints, Nantes's after-dark scenes are well-varied. Get a dose of art and culture at a late open museum night,...

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  • Nantes Travel Essentials

    Our Nantes Travel Essentials lays out the essential information you need to help planning your trip to one of the most popular destinations in France. No matter how frequently you travel, some questions will always need answers: What’s the weather like? How can I get from the airport to my hotel? What currency and type of plug do I need?...

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