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Bucket list for Nantes

Situated at the head of the estuary of the Loire River, Nantes is an adorable French town with unique architecture and nature. With many tourist attractions, parks, historical places, restaurants, and cafes, Nantes will be a great chapter in your book of “European memories.”

Things not to miss in Nantes

  • Embrace the splendor of architecture of Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the fortified palace and old seat of the Dukes.
  • Find yourself in the world of Jule Verne’s writings and Leonardo da Vinci’s creations in the Les Machines de l’Île amusement park located on the banks of the Loire River.
  • Indulge in the serenity of L’île de Versailles, the garden of Eden, or at least a very similar paradise with a Japanese garden and tea house to reach Zen.
  • Explore Nantes by traveling to the left bank of the Loire to explore Trentemoult, the village of hipsters and artists with brightly painted cottages.
  • Stroll about the Passage Pommeraye, a 19th-century shopping street in classy Renaissance style with grand marble stairs, glass ceiling, and statues.

Eat like a local in Nantes

  • Find the best street food, bars, and restaurants in the Bouffray district, and don’t miss out on the Apothecary house restaurant.
  • Have a drink in one of the cafes on Bouffray Square, the former square for public executions. 
  • Enjoy the special atmosphere of La Cigale, the brasserie restaurant with Art Nouveau décor.
  • Eat like a local at Le bistro des enfants nantais with generous portions of traditional dishes at reasonable prices.
  • Taste the most delicious pancakes and patties with various toppings in Crêperie Ker Breizh. 

Where to stay in Nantes

  • Enjoy the life and rhythm of the city center in Okko Hotels Nantes Château, featuring a modern interior and stylish details and all necessary accommodations.
  • Choose Hotel Voltaire Opera Nantes Center 3-star venue in the city center to have all the comfort at an affordable price.
  • Find solitude and harmony in the cute Contact Hôtel du Parc guesthouse surrounded by a park, 9 km away from the city center.
  • Save on your stay by choosing Chambres Zola guesthouse, where you can enjoy the hospitality of Nantes.
  • Le Castel Marie Louise on the beach, La Baule, will give you some of the best memories from Nantes and France.

Explore Nantes hotels map with prices

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