Nantes

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Nantes which includes heritage elements and heritage architecture

Explore lively streets to discover an ancient city reinvented from its initial settlement on the Loire River banks over 2,000 years ago.

With its significant role in historical events from antiquity to the French Revolution, Nantes oozes national heritage. Study modern monuments and exciting culture trails to experience an art-rich city. Art festivals and diverse architectural flourishes have redefined the former province of Brittany’s medieval capital.

Nantes’ varied architecture is a major attraction. Learn about the city’s former reign as a Brittany icon when you visit the Château des ducs de Bretagne. From here, see the ruins of the Roman city walls and St. Peter’s Gate. Explore Le Bouffay, Nantes’ medieval heart, to see the Gothic Nantes Cathedral and Psalette mansion. Admire the ornate belfry towering above the Sainte-Croix Church. For modern architectural highlights, investigate the magnificent glass roof of the Passage Pommeraye and the 20th-century landmark Station Prouvé.

Admire sweeping city views from soaring Tour de Bretagne. Stroll along the Loire River banks and see intriguing public artworks on the Quai des Antilles. Follow Le Voyage à Nantes, a green-painted line weaving along miles of inner-city pavement to highlight a curated selection of public artworks, architectural treasures and monuments. This art project is also the force behind the Estuaire Nantes – Saint Nazaire art trail, which displays 30 artworks along the Loire River’s estuary. See more art displayed in the Fine Arts Museum, while zoological displays and minerals are showcased at the Natural History Museum of Nantes. Enjoy an Angers-Nantes Opéra performance at the Théâtre Graslin or catch a giant marionette show by the Royal de Luxe street theater company.

Have a break at a traditional terraced café or restaurant and enjoy Nantes’ fantastic offerings of fresh seafood and local produce. Try oysters, langoustines, cheeses and regional pastries. A short distance from the city, find a collection of vineyards growing Nantes’ celebrated muscadet wines.

Reach Nantes via plane or rail. A tram network facilitates getting around the city. Learn about Nantes’ fascinating heritage as you tour around the city’s historic seaport, medieval quarter and contemporary art trails.

Where to stay in Nantes

Aparthotel Adagio Nantes Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Nantes Centre
4 out of 5
19 allée du Commandant Charcot, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, 44000
The price is ¥9,784 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Nantes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a sauna. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (396 reviews)
Spot on accommodation for a trip in Nantes
"Great facilities and location. Perfect for a business traveller wanting a studio for a few days. Some of the features could do with a small revamp (bathroom tiles a bit loose) but otherwise spot on. Friendly staff too."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Nantes Centre
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
4 out of 5
6, Place Aristide Briand, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, 44000
The price is ¥14,322 per night from May 22 to May 23
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Nantes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and 24-hour room service. Our guests praise the breakfast and the helpful ...
4.5/5 Wonderful! (820 reviews)
"Très bel hôtel et chic. Bonne situation"

Reviewed on May 13, 2022

Radisson Blu Hotel Nantes
Seven Urban Suites Nantes Centre
Seven Urban Suites Nantes Centre
4 out of 5
10 rue Konrad Adenauer, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, 44200
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is ¥10,895 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Nantes. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (491 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"A pleasant stay. Comfortable and affordable."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Seven Urban Suites Nantes Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Odalys City Nantes Cité des Congrès
Odalys City Nantes Cité des Congrès
6, place Clémence Lefeuvre, Nantes, 44200
The price is ¥9,356 per night from May 21 to May 22
Stay at this residence in Nantes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a fitness center. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the comfy beds in our reviews. Popular ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (228 reviews)
Nice view
"Very nice view"

Reviewed on Sep 25, 2021

Odalys City Nantes Cité des Congrès
Seven Urban Suites Nantes Centre
Seven Urban Suites Nantes Centre
4 out of 5
10 rue Konrad Adenauer, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, 44200
The price is ¥10,895 per night from May 20 to May 21
Stay at this 4-star spa aparthotel in Nantes. Enjoy free WiFi, a full-service spa, and breakfast. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the spacious rooms ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (491 reviews)
Pleasant stay
"A pleasant stay. Comfortable and affordable."

Reviewed on Aug 15, 2021

Seven Urban Suites Nantes Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Nantes Centre
Aparthotel Adagio Nantes Centre
4 out of 5
19 allée du Commandant Charcot, Nantes, Loire-Atlantique, 44000
The price is ¥9,784 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Nantes. Enjoy free WiFi, breakfast, and a sauna. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the quiet rooms ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (396 reviews)
Spot on accommodation for a trip in Nantes
"Great facilities and location. Perfect for a business traveller wanting a studio for a few days. Some of the features could do with a small revamp (bathroom tiles a bit loose) but otherwise spot on. Friendly staff too."

Reviewed on Nov 9, 2021

Aparthotel Adagio Nantes Centre
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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