Nantes

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Nantes featuring heritage architecture and heritage elements

Nantes, the historic city of the kings of Brittany, is the perfect place to immerse yourself in Breton history while enjoying its dynamic contemporary atmosphere.

Nantes has been part of the Loire-Atlantique department since 1790, but its inhabitants are still very much Breton in spirit. It's true that a charming scent of Armorica still hangs in the air in the city, built on the majestic river Loire. A detour via the countless crêpe shops in the quartier Graslin or Cours Cambronne will give you a real, delicious taste of this Celtic nostalgia.

Start your exploration of the city with a visit to the Château des ducs de Bretagne, which will immediately immerse you in the mediaeval atmosphere of the court of Anne of Brittany, who was Queen of France. If you come in the summer, try to book for the illumination of the moat and the ramparts, and unforgettable enchanting spectacle. The museum recounts the history of Nantes over five centuries; entry is free.

Next, take a little time to wander the cobbled streets around the superb passage Pommeraye, whose decorated arcades are filled with beautiful boutiques. The mediaeval area of Bouffay is perfect for a lively meal in the evening, with eel from the Loire, a glass of Muscadet and a salted caramel tart, for example. If you're looking for a waterside atmosphere, the banks of the Loire are charming– a slice of calm in the middle of the city – and the estuary, which goes from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire, is packed with natural and cultural treasures.

Lovers of visual art will be spoiled with two unmissable visits that are perfect for young and old alike. It's impossible to escape the Machines de l’île, which live in the former naval shipyards. Your children will love riding 12 metres up atop the giant mechanical elephant, and straddling the creatures of the 25-metre-high sea creatures carousel. Alongside the Saint-Félix canal, the former Lu biscuit factory (and its famous all-butter biscuits!) is now known as the Lieu Unique. The fantastic industrial building has been turned into an unusual art centre, with regularly changing exhibitions.

Nantes is the capital of the Loire-Atlantique department and you can get there by flying to Nantes Atlanique Airport or by high-speed train (two hours from Paris). In town, you can get around via the tramway.

Where to stay in Nantes

ibis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagne
ibis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagne
3 out of 5
19 Rue Jean Jaures, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £50 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Viarme, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley, Place Royale, and Passage Pommeraye. Bouffay Square and Theatre Graslin ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (558 reviews)
"Clean and comfortable room, the shower was very small"

Reviewed on 8 Oct 2019

ibis Nantes Centre Tour Bretagne
La Pérouse Nantes
La Pérouse Nantes
4 out of 5
3 Allée Duquesne, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £74 per night from 23 Oct to 23 Oct
Located in Nantes Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Place Royale, Passage Pommeraye and Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. University of Nantes ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (253 reviews)
"Excellent location and facility, very good breakfast, parking near by as well as bars and restaurants"

Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019

La Pérouse Nantes
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
4 out of 5
6, Place Aristide Briand, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £101 per night from 24 Oct to 24 Oct
Located in Nantes Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Loire Valley, Passage Pommeraye, and Theatre Graslin. Place Royale and Cours ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (744 reviews)
Excellent
"High class Hotel, excellent service, really a step ahead of the others."

Reviewed on 26 Oct 2020

Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes Métropole
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes Métropole
3 out of 5
23/25 Rue Du Chemin Rouge, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £48 per night from 7 Nov to 7 Nov
Located in Beaujoire, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley and Stade de la Beaujoire. Parc des Expositions de Nantes La Beaujoire and Beaujoire ...
3.7/5 Good! (509 reviews)
Great for a short family stay
"It was perfect for our short stay. Enough room for four people to be comfortable and the in room kitchenette was great!"

Reviewed on 31 Jul 2020

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes Métropole
Appart'City Nantes Quais de Loire
Appart'City Nantes Quais de Loire
3 out of 5
2 impasse du Sanitat, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is £58 per night from 30 Oct to 30 Oct
Located in Nantes Centre, this residence is steps away from Loire Valley and Eglise Notre-Dame de Bon Port. Memorial of the Abolition of Slavery and Nantes Museum ...
3.6/5 Good! (387 reviews)
"Great location, not far from public transport. Walking distance to some places of interest. Only negative about the property was no fan or air conditioning in the room."

Reviewed on 13 Jul 2019

Appart'City Nantes Quais de Loire
Résidence Odalys Nantes Cité des Congrès
Résidence Odalys Nantes Cité des Congrès
6, place Clémence Lefeuvre, Nantes
The price is £56 per night from 22 Oct to 22 Oct
Located in Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Loire Valley, La Cite Nantes Event Center and Centre Commercial Beaulieu. ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (189 reviews)
"It was a good pleasant calm stay. Check in was smooth and the bed was confortable"

Reviewed on 12 Oct 2020

Résidence Odalys Nantes Cité des Congrès
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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