Our top 5: Feel Nantes

  • Les Machines de l'Ile, Nantes, France

    © Franck Tomps

    Les Machines de l'Ile, Nantes, France

    © Franck Tomps

  • Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France

    © Rom1 Péneau

    Château des Ducs de Bretagne, Nantes, France

    © Rom1 Péneau

  • La Cantine du Voyage, Nantes, France

    © Franck Tomps

    La Cantine du Voyage, Nantes, France

    © Franck Tomps

Our top 5: Feel Nantes Nantes fr

Sometimes you need to feel a city to really get under its skin – here are our top 5 to get closer to Nantes.


The artsy city of Nantes on the banks of the River Loire has often been praised for its quality of life and is a healthy, green city, awarded the European Green Capital Award in 2013 and offering thousands of hectares of green space.
It has an important maritime and river history; you can explore the homes of 18th-century ship owners on the old Île Feydeau and its port. And with a pedestrianized center and plenty of smart shops to browse, all you need for this city break is a comfortable pair of shoes.


Here are our top 5 of things to do to feel Nantes!

 

See the château of the Dukes of Brittany, which served as both a residential palace and defensive fortress. It has imposing granite towers and now houses the museum of the history of Nantes.


Hear the footsteps of the elephant on L'Île de Nantes. Part of the wonderfully eccentric Machines de L'Île, the mechanical elephant is 12 meters high and built from 45 tons of wood and steel. It can take up to 49 passengers for a 45-minute walk, during which riders can spray outsiders with water from its trunk.


Smell local bread in the boulangeries: préfou (garlic bread from Vendée); fouée (a wood-fired roll similar to pita bread and stuffed with various ingredients) and gâteau Nantais, a cake made with almonds and rum.


Taste a glass of Muscadet in the rooftop bar of the Tour de Bretagne. The bar is on the 37th floor of this city skyscraper – and if you like bone-dry whites you'll enjoy the local wine.


Touch plants at the Jardin des Plantes, an impressive municipal botanic garden containing as many as 11,000 species planted within a web of ponds, paths, and statues. 

 

Getting to Nantes


By air: Nantes-Atlantique International Airport By train: 2h15m from Paris by TGV

Further information: Nantes Tourist Office 9 Rue des États 44000 Nantes Tel. +33 (0)2 72 64 04 79 https://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en

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