Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of western France, has a long history as a port and industrial center. It’s home to the restored, medieval Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, where the Dukes of Brittany once lived. The castle is now a local history museum with multimedia exhibits, as well as a walkway atop its fortified ramparts.
WHERE TO STAY
In a converted 19th-century chapel, this contemporary hotel is opposite the Jardin des plantes de Nantes and 3 minutes’ walk from Gare de Nantes train station.
Adagio Access Nantes Viarme
A 3-minute walk from Viarme-Talensac tram stop, this straightforward apartment hotel in a 19th-century building with a contemporary annexe is a 7-minute walk from L’Île de Versailles botanical gardens and 2.7 km from La Cité music venue.
Mercure Nantes Centre Grand Hotel
This contemporary hotel is a 9-minute walk from the Château des ducs de Bretagne and a 10-minute walk from Nantes Cathedral.
Okko Nantes Chateau
In the center of Nantes, this modern hotel is 2 minutes’ walk from the Château des ducs de Bretagne and 11 minutes’ walk from the main train station.
THINGS TO DO
Les Machines de L’ile
“Les Machines de l’île” is a totally unprecedented artistic project. Born from the François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice’s imagination, it is at crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, of the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and of Nantes’ industrial history, on the exceptional site of the former shipyards.
Musee d’histoire naturelle de Nantes
The Natural History Museum of Nantes is a French natural history museum located in the city of Nantes.
Parc du Grand Blottereau
19 hectares of parkland set in a property of 37.5 hectares. Opposite an 18th century mansion by the architect Ceineray the landscaped park holds a greenhouse collection – unique in France – of exotic plants, a French-style garden, a Mediterranean rockery and banana trees.
Basilique Saint Nicolas
The church of St. Nicholas is located in the heart of Nantes. It´s impressive organ is the main attraction. It was destroyed during World War II and rebuilt in 2002. I recommend you visit this church on the day of “La fête de la musique” (June 21), when several musicians give life to this old masterpiece.
WHERE TO DINE
Madison Cafe Diner