Situated on the Loire River, close to the Atlantic coast, Nantes is a green wonder of western France. It is France's sixth largest city, and has a metropolitan area comprising some 800,000 inhabitants. In 2004, Time Magazine named Nantes 'the most liveable city in Europe'.
In 2013, the city will be the European Green Capital.

Nantes is the capital city of the Pays de la Loire region and Loire-Atlantique département. It is also the major city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally remains strongly identified with it.

The city's heyday was during the 18th-century slave trade, when it was the premier port in France for human traffic. This gave way to shipbuilding in the 19th and much of the 20th centuries, but since that industry sailed away billions of euros have been ploughed into rejuvenation projects. For decades Nantes was known amongst locals as une belle endormie ("a sleeping beauty"). But after a massive regeneration programme, the birthplace of Jules Verne is blooming.

Pack your bags and come over for a pleasantly
surprising stay in Nantes.
Be enchanted by the Dukes of Brittany Castle,

fall under the charm of the Elephant ...

The Saint-Nicolas's Church The "Tour LU"

and let yourself be won over by the fascinating Loire valley (Unesco World Heritage).
Taste the Loire valley wines and the traditional beurre blanc' sauce.

The " Tour Bretagne"

And a stone's throw away from Nantes are the famous seaside resorts of La Baule and Pornic.

Credits Photos : Olivier Thierry


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Nantes Atlantique airport (11km from the center, 7€) connects the city to more than 70 destinations.

The city center is only 2 hours from Paris by train (TGV) and the metropole has a hotel capacity of more than 5000 rooms.

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