Nantes (pronounced nahnt) is located near the western coast of France on the Loire River and is just a short 45 minute flight from Paris. With larger cities suffering from over-tourism, this quaint village with it’s perfect blend of history mixed with modern art and delicious food should be on your list of places to visit in France.
Nantes Seems Like A Fairytale
The city of Nantes is full of so many splendid surprises that we felt a bit like we had stepped into a whimsical movie. There’s Les Machines de I’lile with it’s larger-than-life mechanical animals reminiscent of a magical steam punk circus. The architecture is a fascinating blend of old and new with a 13th century chateau amid creative modern architecture. There’s also the beautiful Loire and L’Erdre river, where, this time of year you’ll stumble upon Les Rendez-vous de l’Erdre, a jazz festival around the river where you’ll find a many musicians using a boat as their stage.
Nantes Is Visitor Friendly
As much fun as it is to get lost in a new city, it is nearly impossible to not find your way in Nantes. This is one of the most visitor-friendly cities I’ve ever been to with plenty of public transportation, a pink hop-on bus that’s great for seeing the main sites and getting to know your way around, and then there’s the “green line.” This is probably the most genius thing of all as it allows visitors to get their nose out of a map and experience a brilliant walk through the city, guided by a green line that meanders through the streets.
Here’s a visual journey through the historical Province of Brittany in Nantes France.
10 nNantes France Photos