If Nantes has been such a success story in recent years, it may be because it offers both the gentle lifestyle of a provincial city in the setting of its estuary, and the dynamism of a cultural metropolis. Along the landscaped banks of the Loire and in the heart of its city centre, guided by the Voyage à Nantes green line, discover a city of history and modernity. Museums, parks, castles, exhibitions, cycling, shopping: there is something for all ages and tastes for a cultural and flavoursome weekend!
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Arrive early at Machines de l’île to visit the Galerie des Nefs and choose an elephant ride or the Mondes Marins du Carrousel. Take the opportunity to discover the architectural innovations of l’île de Nantes. At Quai de la Fosse, go down into the moving Mémorial de l’abolition de l’esclavage before joining the centre’s pedestrian streets. The Passage Pommeraye takes you to a stone’s throw from the superb Place Graslin and Place Royale. Cross the old quarter of Bouffay to reach the imposing Château des Ducs de Bretagne.
Every morning except Mondays, the covered market in Talensac offers a chance to discover the best local products. Net join the banks of the Erdre to discover the Japanese garden of the Ile de Versailles before heading to Place Foch at the foot of the cathedral and its crypts. Go to the recently renovated Musée d’Arts de Nantes. On the other side of the reflection pool, Tour LU is home to ultra trendy café-bookstore Lieu Unique. Overlook the city during an aperitif at Bar du Nid, Tour de Bretagne, before choosing your evening: côté Graslin for chic or Bouffay for lively.
The Jardin des Plantes and its pleasant Café de l’Orangerie are perfect to start the day, before venturing past the lanes of mansions of l’île Feydeau. There is always an unusual exhibition at the Museum of Natural History or fun activities at the Jules Verne Museum. From the heights of the original Parc des Oblates in the Chantenay district, you can admire the old fishing village, Trentemoult. From the Navibus maritime station, cross the Loire to visit the charming district of Rezé for an alternative perspective on Nantes.
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