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Nantes: what to do, what to see...

A journey to the Breton city of Nantes is a journey into art and history. The château of the Dukes of Brittany shows the city’s past, whilst the contemporary art trail that runs along the Loire Estuary and the Green Line reveal the city’s resolutely modern face. Riding Jules Verne’s giant elephant or sipping a glass of Muscadet at the top of the Tour de Bretagne provides yet another unique point of view of this surprising city.
WHAT TO SEE

• The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany housing the Nantes History Museum
• Les Machines de l'île artistic project, combining Jules Verne’s and Leonardo da Vinci’s ideas with Nantes’ industrial history
• Musée d'arts, the largest museum in western France
• Contemporary artworks throughout the city, from shop signs to sculptures
• Panoramic views from Le Nid bar at the top of Bretagne Tower designed by Jean Jullien

WHAT TO DO

• Follow the Green Line 10km itinerary featuring art installations, exhibitions and playgrounds
• Discover 30 art installations along the Estuaire Nantes-Saint-Nazaire trail from Nantes to the Loire Estuary
• The 18th Century Jardin des Plantes botanical garden boasting art works by Claude Ponti
• The Voyage à Nantes summer event in July and August
• Stroll in the Passage Pommeraye, a unique 19th Century shopping arcade

WHAT TO TASTE

• White Muscadet wine from the Loire vineyards
• Exotically flavoured Gâteau Nantais, combining sugar, almonds, butter and Caribbean rum
• La Fraiseraie ice creams from nearby Pornic
• Berlingots Nantais, boiled sweets from Debotté shops
• Delicious oysters from the region

WHAT TO BRING BACK

• Salted butter toffee made with the salt of the famous Guérande marshes
• Famous Debotté chocolates
• Macarons Guerlais, the best in Nantes
• Curé Nantais cheese refined with Muscadet wine
• Rigolettes Nantaises boiled sweets with tangy soft fruit centres

Getting to Nantes