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Highlights in Nantes
- Fine cuisine
- Excellent wines
- Cultural and history hub
- Quirky mechanical automatons
- Jules Verne birthplace
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For shopping and fine restaurants like La Cigale, book your accommodation by Place Graslin. Île de Nantes is located on an island in the River Loire with the finest family attraction you will find, so travelling as a family you might consider being near this. Bouffay is Nantes' historic centre, with a lively atmosphere with bars and great clubs like Flemings and La Maison Café.Comfortable holiday rentals near the Breton Coast
Find your ideal rental with lovely city views, close to the main attractions and the lively areas. Enjoy a romantic getaway, a lovely family trip or a great weekend with friends. Choose a rental that fits your needs and enjoy cosy central properties with little balconies, all the amenities included, open plan floors and comfortable bedrooms. You will never be too far away from the centre and you will feel at home. Don’t wait any longer and start booking your stay in Nantes.
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Brittany's capital is a beautiful historical city boasting culture, entertainment and a beautiful coastline. Nantes embraces the double heritage from Loire and Brittany. Nantes is linked to Brittany for its historic past and to Loire because it is part of it nowadays. The delicious food and the great variety of family activities make Nantes an ideal holiday destination. Jules Verne's visions inspired The Machines de l'Île de Nantes amusement park, which is one of the highlights where children and adults alike will enjoy fun activities and will have tons of fun. The huge robots, the animal figures and the rides turn anyone’s day into a great time!Cultural entertainment in Nantes
Entertainment and culture can be enjoyed during your holidays in Nantes. From a show at the street theatre of the Royal de Luxe company and their gigantic puppets to sculpture parks by the Loire and La Folle Journée, the winter classical music festival. If you like to visit museum exhibits, in Nantes there is no shortage of them. See paintings by Rubens at the Fine Arts Museum, admire the decorative arts at the Dobree Museum, and marvel at the thousands of specimens of the Natural History Museum. The city boasts culture in every corner all year round, now it’s time for you to come and experience it.
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Nantes is one of the French towns that has changed more than others in the last two centuries. Once a Roman bishopric, it was France's major Atlantic port, an industrial powerhouse, and now a cultural hub attracting those drawn by history. Nantes has seen plenty of it. Find out all about the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. Château des ducs de Bretagne: former ducal residence and now home of the Musée d’Histoire de Nantes with exhibitions about the city.Nantes for food lovers
Gastronomy lovers will feel in heaven while in Nantes. Pickles and La Cigale are some of the top-notch and upscale bistros and brasseries you can go to and enjoy succulent meals, refined dishes paired with excellent wines of the region. Cafè Le molière offers more affordable meals with great quality. Fish, meat and fresh vegetables are always on the best menus. Try some beurre blanc, a delicious butter sauce with a base of Muscadet wine that goes really well with fish dishes. Ask the sommeliers to recommend what are the best wines to pair with the delightful and tasty mouthfuls of creativity.
Explore the city following the green line along the sidewalks and it will take you to Nantes artistic, cultural and historical highlights.
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Nantes favourite son left a great legacy in the city. Jules Verne had a peculiar vision of things and he transcribed those turning them into great stories that millions of people around the world have enjoyed. The interactive exhibitions bring to life his best work and you can enjoy them all in one place, The Machines de l'Île.2. Architecture in motion
Marvel at the Grand Elephant when it goes out for a walk around town. 50 people will enjoy the pleasure of being aboard this colossal piece of machinery moving the legs and feeling like on the 5th floor of a travelling house! The “driver” will tell you some stories about this surreal eco-friendly pachyderm with a hybrid engine and will make its trunk blast! He is one of a kind!3. Discover Nantes boutiques’ galore
It is impossible not to find a little souvenir amongst the singular creativity of the fabulous independent boutiques. Find antiques and vintage items and specialists for a specific gift. Browse the arty shops with DIY, creative types and original objects. Brand retail stores and the specialised ones combine their passion for chic, elegant and sometimes rare pieces that you will only find in Nantes. The liveliest shopping street is Rue Crébillon where the department stores, fromageries, and craft stores are. The independent boutiques are located along Passage Pommeraye.4. The largest vineyards of the Loire Valley of Nantes
Nantes is the capital of Muscadet. We found it in the Lore vineyards and the wines carry the AOC label to validate its origin and authenticity. This wine has its own personality with lively and playful notes that pair with many dishes including fish, seafood, poultry, goat’s cheese, vegetarian cuisine or Asian food. An ideal and versatile wine that will make the perfect travel tasting companion. Sèvre et Maine, Coteaux de la Loire, Côtes de Grand Lieu are also sublime matches for the tastiest dishes.5. The true symbols of Nantes
Nantes boasts a great variety of goods now recognised as true “nantais” symbols. Among them, the delicious candy Les Rigoletttes nantaises, the typical “gâteau nantais”, the mouthwatering cheeses from boutique Beillevaire, The original Moulin Roty and its objects for children, Naoned and their glasses are also exclusive pieces designed and made here. Browse around the shops and leave Nantes with a unique souvenir.