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NantesFrance

Explore lively streets to discover an ancient city reinvented from its initial settlement on the Loire River banks over 2,000 years ago.

With its significant role in historical events from antiquity to the French Revolution, Nantes oozes national heritage. Study modern monuments and exciting culture trails to experience an art-rich city. Art festivals and diverse architectural flourishes have redefined the former province of Brittany’s medieval capital.

Nantes’ varied architecture is a major attraction. Learn about the city’s former reign as a Brittany icon when you visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne. From here, see the ruins of the Roman city walls and St. Peter’s Gate. Explore Le Bouffay, Nantes’ medieval heart, to see the Gothic Nantes Cathedral and Psalette mansion. Admire the ornate belfry towering above the Sainte-Croix Church. For modern architectural highlights, investigate the magnificent glass roof of the Passage Pommeraye and the 20th-century landmark Station Prouvé.

Admire sweeping city views from soaring Tour de Bretagne. Stroll along the Loire River banks and see intriguing public artworks on the Quai des Antilles. Follow Le Voyage à Nantes, a green-painted line weaving along miles of inner-city pavement to highlight a curated selection of public artworks, architectural treasures and monuments. This art project is also the force behind the Estuaire Nantes – Saint Nazaire art trail, which displays 30 artworks along the Loire River’s estuary. See more art displayed in the Fine Arts Museum, while zoological displays and minerals are showcased at the Natural History Museum of Nantes. Enjoy an Angers-Nantes Opéra performance at the Théâtre Graslin or catch a giant marionette show by the Royal de Luxe street theater company.

Have a break at a traditional terraced café or restaurant and enjoy Nantes’ fantastic offerings of fresh seafood and local produce. Try oysters, langoustines, cheeses and regional pastries. A short distance from the city, find a collection of vineyards growing Nantes’ celebrated muscadet wines.

Reach Nantes via plane or rail. A tram network facilitates getting around the city. Learn about Nantes’ fascinating heritage as you tour around the city’s historic seaport, medieval quarter and contemporary art trails.

Where to stay in Nantes

Nantes which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Nantes Centre

4.5/5Wonderful!(43 area reviews)

If you're spending time in Nantes Centre, you might enjoy attractions like Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany and Nantes Cathedral. You might also enjoy the neighborhood's ample dining options before hopping on the metro at Commerce Tram Stop to see more of the city.

Nantes Centre
Beaujoire, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Beaujoire

4/5Very Good!(3 area reviews)

You'll enjoy the bars and gardens in Beaujoire. You might want to make time for a stop at Stade de la Beaujoire or Parc des Expositions de Nantes La Beaujoire.

Beaujoire
The Machines of the Isle of Nantes

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès is noteworthy for its river views, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Machines of the Isle of Nantes and Loire Valley.

Ile de Nantes Palais des Congrès
Oysters are filthy cheap in at the markets in Nantes! Ridiculously fresh, unbelievable variety, and delicious beyond recognition for any seafood fan.

Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix

2.5/5(2 area reviews)

Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix is noteworthy for its shopping, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Ile de Versailles and Loire Valley.

Hauts-Paves - Saint-Felix
Nantes Erdre, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, France

Nantes Erdre

4.5/5Wonderful!(3 area reviews)

Unique features of Nantes Erdre include the river views and restaurants. Make a stop by Parc des Expositions de Nantes La Beaujoire or Stade de la Beaujoire while you're exploring the area.

Nantes Erdre
Nantes which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Graslin - Commerce

Graslin - Commerce is noteworthy for its coffeehouses, and you can make a stop at top attractions like Loire Valley and Passage Pommeraye.

Graslin - Commerce

Top Hotels in Nantes

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
4 out of 5
6, Place Aristide Briand, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is NT$2,832 per night

Located in Nantes Centre, this eco-friendly hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Passage Pommeraye and Machines of the Isle of Nantes. Theatre Graslin and Place Royale ...

4.5/5Wonderful! (638 reviews)
Perfect location

"Perfect location, clean and spacious room. Reception staff were very helpful and friendly. Through no fault of the hotel, construction work was going on beside the hotel adjacent to our room, so rather early noisy wake up Monday morning."…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/10

Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Novotel Centre Nantes Bord de Loire
Novotel Centre Nantes Bord de Loire
4 out of 5
1 Boulevard Des Martyrs Nantais, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is NT$2,385 per night

This family-friendly Nantes hotel is located on the riverwalk, within 1 mi (2 km) of Hotel Dieu Hospital and Machines of the Isle of Nantes. Le Lieu Unique and ...

4.2/5Very Good! (341 reviews)

"This hotel is conveniently located opposite the tram. It makes travel in and out of the city centre very easy."…"

Reviewed on 2019/11/30

Novotel Centre Nantes Bord de Loire
 Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire
3 out of 5
2 rue des Citrines, Chemin du chateau de l'Aubiniere, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique
The price is NT$1,728 per night

Located in Beaujoire, this eco-friendly residence is within 3 mi (5 km) of Stade de la Beaujoire, Beaujoire Floral Park, and Parc des Expositions de Nantes La ...

4.2/5Very Good! (358 reviews)
Value for Money

"Very friendly and efficient check in. Clean and well equipped, would definitely stay again"…"

Reviewed on 2019/12/23

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nantes - La Beaujoire

Popular places to visit in Nantes

Machines of the Isle of Nantes
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Machines of the Isle of Nantes

5/5(20 reviews)

Machines of the Isle of Nantes is a top museum in Nantes with a rich history. Amble around the area's gardens or visit its cathedral.

Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany
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Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany

4.5/5(23 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Nantes with a stop at Chateau of the Dukes of Brittany. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Nantes Cathedral
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Nantes Cathedral

4.5/5(32 reviews)

You can find out about the history of Nantes with a visit to Nantes Cathedral. While you're in the area, find time to visit its shops.

Reviews of Nantes

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4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Dec 15, 2019

I think it is a great place for a few days. It is close to Loire castles including those which are not normally visited from Paris. The food is excellent as well and it has different atmosphere than other French cities.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 27, 2019

I went for a day to Mont Saint Michel, and it was beautiful!

4/5 - Good

Verified traveler

Oct 24, 2019

I had a wonderful time at the Theatre Gaumont watching 'Joker' with a sold-out audience. The showing was in English with French subtitles. I appreciated that the theatre made the English version available.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Oct 4, 2019

What a beautiful city. I was impressed with the quality of living, the french people, the beautifull buildings and sights, the atmosphere and how safe it felt walking around at night.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveler

Aug 12, 2019

Go to the Slavery Memorial! It shows us how to remember that we know how to NOT chose sacrificing humans for profits.

3/5 - Okay

Mike

Jul 9, 2019

My future in-laws had a burglar in their room one night...on the second floor!

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