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This area of Loire-Atlantique has nearly 280,000 inhabitants.
Paris, the national capital, is 210 miles northeast of Nantes, while Haute-Goulaine is 6 miles to the east.
Explore, laugh and have lots of fun at Les Machines de l'Île de Nantes, a much-loved destination for the young and the young at heart.
Spend a couple of hours enjoying the comprehensive assortment of flora on display at the Jardin des Plantes. You can also take a pleasant stroll through Beaujoire Floral Park and the Botanical Garden of Nantes.
When it's time for a break, pick up some lunch and find a shady corner at one of the area's picturesque green spaces, such as Cours Cambronne or Ile de Versailles. You'll also find plenty of room to relax at Parc du Grand-Blottereau and Manoir de la Begraisiere.
Set aside a day or two to explore some of the favored cultural institutions in the area. Savor the contemplative atmosphere as you admire the displays at the Jules Verne Museum and Nantes Museum of Natural History. Beaux-Arts Museum and Louis de Funes Museum are also worth a visit.
If you and your kids get excited about learning new things, Nantes planetarium should be your number-one stop.
If you're wanting to see some art, swing by the Musee des Beaux-Arts de Nantes and take in their striking pieces.
To learn about the events and people who shaped this place, pay a visit to its many historic sites. Start your history lesson at Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany and Nantes Cathedral. When it comes to days of old, there's always more to discover. Eglise Notre-Dame de Bon Port and Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery are two more insightful places to check out.
After a stop at some of the area's castles, it is easy to imagine the way the inhabitants of yesteryear once wandered these realms. See if you can sense the wandering spirits of past nobles as you learn the legends of Chateau de la Gournerie and Clisson Castle.
Whether you're spiritual or not, you're sure to enjoy a trip to Saint Hermeland Church and Church of Saint Mars du Desert. If you'd be interested to explore some more religious sites, keep your eyes peeled for tours at Cathédrale St-Pierre et St-Paul and Cathedrale Saint-Pierre.
Though city squares can often seem quite similar, each one has its own fascinating history, characters and buildings that tend to make it unique. On your explorations, make sure you go for a walk through Place Royale or Place du Marechal Foch. You might also like to take in the sights and sounds at Place du Commerce and Place du General Mellinet.
Grab your camera and mingle with your fellow travelers at the Atlanpole, a frequented landmark in Nantes.
Travelers of all ages will discover something of interest at the University of Nantes, a leading educational institution. Those who finished school years ago can appreciate the campus for its modern facilities, while students of tomorrow can get a taste of what's to come.
For some retail therapy, discover some of the bustling shopping centers or markets. A few of the most popular places to begin with are Passage Pommeraye, Atlantis Shopping Centre and Pole Atlantis - Saint Herblain.
Zenith de Nantes and the Le Lieu Unique regularly attract visitors that enjoy quality entertainment. Theatre Graslin and L'Odyssee are two other well-respected theaters that you're sure to love.
If you're searching for something else to do in the Nantes area, be sure to visit the Machines of the Isle of Nantes.
Nantes is considered a popular place to visit, with as many as 95 Nantes accommodation listings bookable through Expedia.
The Sozo Hotel, at 16 Rue Frederic Cailliaud, and the Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes, at 6, Place Aristide Briand, are excellent examples of upmarket Nantes lodgings. If you're hoping to find somewhere that doesn't break the bank, the Hôtel Duquesne, Cours Des 50 Otages 12 Allee Duquesne, or the Kyriad Nantes Centre Graslin, 9 rue Marechal de Lattre de Tassigny, might hit the right note.
Situated in Les Couêts, this hotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Machines of the Isle of Nantes, Passage Pommeraye and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Nantes Cathedral is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
Located in Centre Ville, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Le Lieu Unique, Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany and Nantes Cathedral. Jardin des Plantes and Passage Pommeraye are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Bretagne, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 15-minute walk of Passage Pommeraye, Nantes Cathedral and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Jardin des Plantes and Jules Verne Museum are also within 2 miles (3 km).
Located in Centre Ville, this hotel is steps away from Theatre Graslin and Passage Pommeraye. Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany and Nantes Cathedral are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Centre Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Royale, Nantes Cathedral and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Passage Pommeraye and Jardin des Plantes are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Centre Ville, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Le Lieu Unique and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. Nantes Cathedral and Jardin des Plantes are also within 15 minutes.
Located in Beaulieu - Mangin, this hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of University of Nantes, Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany and Passage Pommeraye. Nantes Cathedral and Jardin des Plantes are also within 1 mile (2 km).
Located in Beaujoire, this apartment is 1.1 mi (1.7 km) from Stade de la Beaujoire and within 3 miles (5 km) of Jardin des Plantes and Nantes Cathedral. Parc des Expositions de Nantes La Beaujoire and Beaujoire Floral Park are also within 2 miles (3 km).