Proud capital of the Pays de la Loire in North-Western France
Nantes is an old trading city that has evolved over the centuries into a hardworking university town. With plenty to explore on foot in town, beaches nearby and Brittany just a short drive away, it’s almost a pleasure to get lost in this part of the world.
|Time zone:||GMT +1 hour (GMT +2 hours in summer)|
|Flight Time:||1 hour 30|
|Holiday type:||Summer sun, City break|
|Weather:||Average maximum temperature: 11.3°C
Rainfall: 810.9mm a year
Put history behind you and look to the future. The freshly updated Jules Verne Museum celebrates the life and work of one of the city’s most famous sons. You’ll find it on the Butte Sainte Anne.
Must eat at:
For upmarket seafood prepared in front of your very eyes, book a table at La Cigale and relish everything before you. Noted for its beautiful late 19th century decor – as well as its attractive fixed price menus – it’s a feast for all the senses.
Must be there for:
If you’re in town in late January and early February you won’t be able to miss the Folle Journee de Nantes – when 250 concerts get crammed into just 5 days.
- The beach is never far away when you’re in Nantes. To see how the French do the seaside, take a trip to La Baule.
- If exploring gives you a sweet tooth, look-up La Frindande, for everything from jam to delicious chocolate, all locally made.
British citizens do not need a visa to visit France.
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