Nantes: Discover a thriving artsy and cultural hub in western France
Nantes is a culturally, historically and creatively rich destination in western France. There are more than 950,000 inhabitants, making the thriving student and cultural hub the six-largest city in France. Nantes offers you a wealth of history, beautiful sights, and unforgettable activities. Top attractions include Jardin Des Plantes, the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, and Passage Pommeraye.
Prepare yourself to experience another one of France’s treasures, with cheap flights to Nantes, available for a limited time! Nantes is home to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Nantes.
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Why visit Nantes
Nantes is home to many spectacular settings, including the Buren Rings on the Island of Nantes and the breath-taking sights offered with the Grand Elephant at Les Machines De L’île!
Have a rest after exploring the many landmarks in Nantes and fall in love with scenic places, such as the beautiful Japanese-inspired tea garden on Versailles Island.
Amazing Historical Wealth
Nantes was once the capital of the Duchy of Brittany during ancient times! Discover evidence of this with the many castles around the city, including the majestic Château des Ducs de Bretagne.
Essential details you need to know before your trip
Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE)
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Best time to visit Nantes
It rains to varying degrees in Nantes throughout the year. The summer (June-August) is the most popular time in the city when the price of accommodation is at its highest. If you wish to visit during this period and get the best weather conditions, make your booking well in advance so that you can get a good deal. The best time to visit Nantes when you can save on accommodation, enjoy good weather and skip most of the crowds, is September (early autumn). You can get the lowest prices on accommodation by visiting Nantes from November to January. But always be sure to book your flights and accommodation well ahead of your travel dates.
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Nantes, the thriving student and cultural hub in the region of Brittany, is a charming and fascinating destination where you can discover yet another facet of France’s exceptional character.
Historically, Nantes was the capital of the Duchy of Brittany during the Middle Ages, and you can be sure to discover more about the city with numerous historic sites, castles and museums! Start with a tour through the city’s ancient centre, at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany), which Francois II, one of the final rulers of the Breton people, founded during the 15th century.
Other amazing historical and iconic locations in Nantes include Feydeau Island, the Wallace Fountain at the Botanical Garden of Nantes, and the Buren Rings (a place you should visit at night, to see the rings all light up in different colours!).
Head west of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, and you’ll find yourself in Bouffay District, the historic quarter of Nantes. Explore the maze of winding streets and peruse all that the enticing local boutiques have to offer.
In the centre of Nantes is Place Royale, a sophisticated 18-century square. Nearby is the busy Rue Crébillion, a vibrant street with many shops and restaurants, as well as the Cours Cambronne square, which includes a small tree-lined park with benches.
Other gorgeous park spaces in Nantes include Beaujoire Park, Procé Park, Arboretum Cimetiere Parc, and Gaudiniere Park.
Of course, all this only gives you a taste of what Nantes has to offer. Get yourself there and discover everything else for yourself!
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As always before travelling, make sure you’re up to date on all your routine vaccinations. These vaccines include those for measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, as well as your yearly flu shot. You may also need to get vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies, but these depend on what your activities will be while staying in Nantes.
Nantes enjoys a high level of safety compared to that of most popular European cities. Police are reasonably visible, and TAN officials patrol the trams at night. Nevertheless, always practice caution, especially after dark. The European emergency number is 112.
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