Some 280,000 people call Nantes in Loire-Atlantique home.
Nantes is located approximately 260 miles (418 kilometers) south of Southampton and 210 miles (338 kilometers) southwest of Paris, the national capital.
Public squares and spaces are the perfect places to observe the rhythms of a city, and these popular spots in Nantes are some of those special places. Grab a map and your camera and head to Place Royale and Place du Commerce, two of the best-loved public squares in in the city area. Those with plenty of time should also check out Place du Marechal Foch and Place du Bouffray.
The area around Nantes features a variety of terrific links you won’t regret visiting if you are into playing golf. A local favourite is Nantes-Erdre Golf Club. Other nice greens and can be founds at Carquefou Golf Club and Ile d'Or Golf Club.
To discover natural beauty and bird song in the Nantes area spend an hour or two in some of its beautiful parks and public gardens. Ile de Versailles, Parc du Grand-Blottereau and Jardin des Plantes are all wonderful places to spread out a picnic blanket and rest your feet.
Arts lovers will find plenty to applaud at at these much-loved performance venues in Nantes. Take that someone special to see established and up-and-coming artists live on stage at the Le Lieu Unique and the Zenith de Nantes.
Some of the most visited historic sites in Nantes are Manoir de la Begraisiere and Eglise Notre-Dame de Bon Port. Both of these are great places to discover the joys of history. Gain an understanding of the bygone days of Nantes before investigating the area's modern places of interest.
See what is in fashion locally and purchase some original souvenirs in some of the local shopping venues such as Passage Pommeraye and Atlantis Shopping Centre. Soak up the atmosphere and browse through the shops at these colorful retail hubs.
An iconic religious building, among the most popular of the many historic sites in this city, is the Nantes Cathedral. Walk around this captivating building, learn about its past and find out why it is such a popular destination for visitors to the area.
The nature parks in the vicinity of Nantes allow visitors to see the species of flora and fauna that flourish in the local area. To explore one of the most visited nature reserves, drive out to Cours Cambronne.