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Discover the city

Nantes is a city of art and history that inspired the imaginary world of Jules Verne. It is a stunning destination for tourism, home to medieval sites, historical landmarks from the great maritime adventures, and industrial buildings. Nantes is plugged-in, quirky and never ceases to amaze you.

NANTES MUSÉE D’ARTS

History of Art’s broad brushstrokes from the 13th to the 21st century in a new setting which marries the architecture of yesterday and today. The museum’s rich collection of more than 12,000 works of art extends from ancient to modern art and contains examples of all art mediums. Artists include Georges de La Tour, Jean-AugusteDominique Ingres, Max Ernst, Sonia Delaunay, Gaston Chaissac, Pablo Picasso, Fernand Léger, Vassily Kandinsky, Raymond Hains, Claude Cahun, Giuseppe Penone and Nan Goldin to name just a few! All exhibitions on www.museedartsdenantes.fr.


NANTES CASTLE

Set in the heart of the Medieval quarter, discover the Château des ducs de Bretagne, emblematic sight in the city, built at the end of the 15th century by François II and his daughter Anne de Bretagne. The fortress houses a residential palace of refined facades and Renaissance loggias. Numerous supported tours are on offer to fully discover this monument and its resounding modern museum! The sections on the slave trade and slavery (in conjunction with the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery) and on the two world wars are internationally recognised.
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AN OVERVIEW TOUR OF NANTES

This tour on foot and by coach gives the chance to follow the town’s urban development to then make the most of the unmissable sights on offer.
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landscape, Art and the river

In Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and along the 60 km of the shores of the Loire river, a collection of 30 artworks created by internationally renowned artists takes you on the discovery of unusual sites on the estuary all year long. Each installation is in a surprising or remarkable location along the estuary; from fragile natural reserves to gigantic industrial buildings. Together they make up an open-air collection in the heart of a fascinating land.
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MACHINES DE L’ILE

Have you ever ridden on a giant ant? Have you ever seen a 12m high Grand élephant? Did you ever think one day you would see a gigantic mechanical aquarium? Les Machines de l’île, an entirely one-off arts project situated in the former naval shipyards, inviting you to dream and travel. Climb aboard the Grand élephant, visit the Galerie des Machines, discover the Carrousel des Mondes Marins and take a walk along the Heron Tree’s prototype branch.
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A day from Nantes to clisson, the wine route

To take the route through the vineyards is to take in the fragrance of Italy that carries you to the gates of Nantes. The area south of the Loire has plenty to offer, with wide open views over the vines. Discover the wine-maker’s world by visiting a careful selection of wine cellars and producers. Muscadet, now recognised by the top chefs, is inseparable from the city of Nantes and its gourmet cuisine.

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SAINT-NAZAIRE, THE TOWN OF THE BIGGEST CRUISE SHIPS IN THE WORLD

For 150 years the shipyards of Saint-Nazaire have been the birthplace of many new floating towns. Tour the shipyards of STX, a company like no other, where the biggest cruise ships in the world first saw the light of day. (Normandie, France, Queen Mary II and more recently Harmony of the Seas). The Escal’Atlantic turns you into a sort of visitor-traveller. By exploring the attraction, you relive the adventures of the great ocean liners. Travel into the legends of the greatest ships and create your own memories...
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