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Exploring Nantes :


A stunning heritage, the result of audacity and tradition

To help you plan your visit and make the most of your stay in Nantes, contact Nantes Tourist Office, A Journey to Nantes.

Nantes’ rich and turbulent past unfolds throughout the city, being successively a port open to the world, a driving force for the shipping industry, a source of inspiration for many surrealists, and for Jules Verne’s imaginary worlds.

Nantes is an appealing and varied destination for tourists, with an architectural, historical and industrial heritage marked by the medieval streets (Bouffay area), the great maritime adventures (Graslin area and Ile Feydeau) and listed industrial buildings, now converted into cultural venues thanks to the imagination of leading modern architects (Ile de Nantes area).

The regional capital is full of delightful cultural and artistic surprises, one of the leading creative cities in France. There is so much to see in Nantes… From the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany to Lieu Unique, Nantes-Angers Opera, Hangar à Bananes, the Machines de l’Ile, the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, the open-air museum Estuaire Nantes<>Saint-Nazaire as well as festivals and a rich architectural and historical heritage.

Equally attractive, the Pays de la Loire region abounds with leisure activities, cultural visits, gourmet itineraries, nature walks and enchanting resorts. There are so many ways to discover the region, its food specialties and treasures including:

  • The Loire Estuary with cycling lanes all along
  • The picturesque medieval town of Clisson and its Tuscany-looking surroundings
  • The Muscadet vineyards
  • La Baule: one of the most beautiful bays in the world, 9km-long sandy beach, the longest in Europe
  • Saint-Nazaire and the magic world of transatlantic passenger ships
  • The medieval town of Guérande, and its surrounding salt marshes
  • The Brière natural reserve
  • Le Croisic and Le Pouliguen and their fishing ports



Port du Croisic © Ville du Croisic




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