Nantes and its agglomeration of 500,000 inhabitants is ranked as one of the largest cities in France. However, Nantes is not only known for its number of inhabitants, it is also full of history with its 124 protected buildings. In this blog, we list the top things to do when the sun shines on the city of the Dukes.
The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
The Château des Ducs de Bretagne is located in the heart of the city and can be visited in its entirety, although one part is reserved for the museum, which costs less than 10 euros. Classified since 1840 as a historic building, it opens its doors throughout the week. In 1915, the castle became the property of the city, which installed a municipal museum specializing in decorative arts.
The Machines of the Island
At 12 metres high, 8 metres wide and 21 metres long, the steel elephant is by far the symbol of the island’s machines Once on board, you will have access to a breathtaking view of the shipyard surrounding the banks of the Loire. The elephant criss-crosses the city with 3 routes lasting an average of 30 minutes. The elephant is not the only wacky invention in the Machines de l’île, in fact, there is a spider and a bunch of mechanical insects.
The garden of plants
Located in the centre of Nantes, the Jardin des Plantes covers more than 7 hectares with over 10,000 living species. The first seeds were sown over 150 years ago. It is one of the 4 largest botanical gardens in France.
Trentemoult, THE fishing village
Accessible by sea from the centre of Nantes via a shuttle bus, the village of Trentemoult is a must during your stay in Nantes. You will enjoy getting lost in the narrow streets that cross this village. With its renowned restaurants, you will be able to taste an impressive variety of fish while eating locally.