Loire-Atlantique
Nantes
Highly recommended
Nantes The Essential
Highly recommended
The historic capital of the dukes of Britanny, Nantes is simultaneously an artistic gem, a great industrial centre and a university town. The port, shared with Donges and Saint-Nazaire, sprawls along the Loire estuary. Aside from shipbuilding and agroalimentary production, local industry excels in various niche sectors. A far cry from the slave trade that made the town so prosperous under the Ancien Régime and gave it its current appearance.

Must see

Michelin's recommendations for Nantes
Passage Pommeraye
Passage Pommeraye
A Nantes notary spent his life and his
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Ancienne île Feydeau
Ancienne île Feydeau
This was a marsh iland that was
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Les Machines de l'Île
Les Machines de l'Île
Here in the heart of the former boiler
Château des Ducs de Bretagne
Château des Ducs de Bretagne
This is a formidable fortress protected
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Musée d'Histoire de Nantes
Musée d'Histoire de Nantes
This hugely enjoyable museum has been
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Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle
Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle
Opened in 1799, the city's natural
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