Local area and things to do

Nantes, city of art and history, a source of inspiration for Jules Verne’s imagination, offers a wealth of stunning and diversified tourist attractions, from medieval sites to the major maritime adventures and industrial heritage. Definitely offbeat, the city cultivates a taste for astonishment

Must-see attractions in the city centre:

➜ The Château of Anne de Bretagne the last castle in the Loire Valley before the Atlantic Ocean
➜ Saint-Pierre & Saint-Paul cathedral
➜ The Musée d'arts de Nantes Museum
➜ Bouffay Quarter area with its many «crêperies»
➜ Place Royale
➜ The Pommeraye Passage. Shop in a 19th century arcade.
➜ The Graslin quarter, one of the most beautiful examples of 18th-19th century urban development
➜ La Cigale, a 19th century style brasserie, a listed historical monument
➜ Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery
➜ Former LU biscuit factory converted into a national artistic theatre, The Lieu Unique
➜ Les Anneaux » by Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain
➜ Les Machines de l’Ile, an unprecedented art project. Born from the imagination of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, this unique project takes you on an imaginary voyage at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical world and Nantes’ industrial legacy. It is situated on the amazing site of the former naval shipyards.

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