Nantes, like a little vacation spot less than 2 hours from Lyon!
Gateway to the Atlantic, Nantes has not usurped its status as Green Capital of Europe 2013.
Its metamorphosis, illustrated by the daring renovation of the Île de Nantes, is a success revealing all the dynamism of a city resolutely turned towards the future. A popular destination for business people, it has also established itself as an economic stronghold around its European business district Euronantes or the port of Saint-Nazaire.
Useful information about Nantes
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Meet a giant elephant
A giant mechanical elephant is walking around the former shipyards. From its back, visitors are like on the fourth floor of a moving house. It is one of the machines on the island of Nantes, created by the street theatre company "la Machine". Also to be discovered, an exhibition space and the Carrousel des Mondes Marins populated by strange animals.
The castle of the Dukes of Brittany
The castle of the Dukes of Brittany and its museum allow you to plunge into the history of Nantes. This splendid monument is located right next to the medieval district of Le Bouffay with its pretty cobbled streets and half-timbered houses. It is pleasant to stroll along the ramparts of the castle. From the top, the view is beautiful on the mirror of water.
The Nest on the 32nd floor of the Tower of Brittany
At the top of the Tower of Brittany, the "Nid" offers a breathtaking view of the city. This rooftop terrace is the refuge of a huge bird that watches over Nantes... DJ evenings and concerts are regularly organised at the Nid, which houses a bar. It is also a key stage of the "Voyage à Nantes", a touristic and cultural journey.
The Talensac market
After a night of Nantes festivities, it is customary to meet at the Talensac market and taste oysters with a glass of muscadet. This covered market is well stocked. It is a colourful, lively place in the centre of Nantes, with fresh, local produce from the land and the sea.
Escape to Trentemoult, former fishing village
Ten minutes from the city centre of Nantes by Navibus, Trentemoult offers a real change of scenery. This last seaport on the Loire is worth a visit for its pretty colourful houses, its maze of narrow streets and its lush setting. On the spot, it is possible to enjoy the restaurants, small shops and other bistros in a village that is still very much alive.