Excursions in Nantes

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When you visit Nantes, you’ll be immersed in a fascinating city rich with history. Take a stroll around its medieval cobblestone streets, and learn about its role as the capital of Brittany.

You can also explore its gastronomic and creative side thanks to its many restaurants and bars. In addition to that, you can also go up to the Tour Bretagne (Brittany Tower), which gives you a 360deg view over the city.

Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne

With its dramatic bridged moat, looming stone-brick watchtowers and gleaming white tufa, the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne is one of the city's most popular sights. A major tourist destination, it welcomes 1.4 million visitors a year.

Originally built in the 13th century, the castle was enlarged and enhanced by Francis II, the last Duke of an independent Brittany. It was used as both a military fortress and the principal residence of the ducal court, and later became the Breton residence of the French kings when they visited the region.

Today it houses the Nantes History Museum, which has recently been beautifully refurbished. It's worth a visit, not only for its impressive collection of art and objects but also for the multimedia-rich exhibits that detail the city's tumultuous history. Take in sobering documentation of the slave trade and vintage scale models of Nantes' evolving cityscape as you wander its light-filled rooms.


Old Town

The Old Town is the heart of Nantes and is home to a vast number of attractions. The medieval castle of the Dukes of Brittany is one of them and is famous for its Breton machicolations (sculptural ornamental designs).

In addition, there is an array of historic museums to discover, and plenty of places to enjoy fine cuisine. You can also go on boat trips along the river to admire the charming mansions and fishing cottages of Ile Feydeau.

Another must-see in the city is the Musee d’Histoire de Nantes, which is housed within the chateau and contains a fascinating collection of artifacts and exhibits relating to the history of the city. The high-rise building at the top of this complex offers jaw-dropping views of the city and is a popular spot for both locals and tourists to visit.

And there are plenty of other interesting activities to try while in Nantes, like a trip on the giant mechanical elephant at Les Machines des Isles. For literature lovers, the Jules Verne museum is a must-see, and for nature enthusiasts, you can't miss out on the magnificent garden at the Jardin des Plantes.

Old Town

Bouffay District

In the heart of Nantes, the Bouffay District has a lively, pedestrianized vibe. This part of the city features a variety of attractions and is often a meeting point for tourists and locals to socialize or grab casual drinks.

Throughout this area, you can find many of the city’s main museums and cultural centers. Among these are the Nantes Cathedral and the Nantes History Museum.

Another great thing to see here is the Jules Verne Museum, which pays tribute to one of France’s most famous writers. It has an excellent collection of original works and also presents some of his personal objects.

If you want to discover Nantes’ gastronomy, head to the covered Marche de Talensac, which dates back to 1930s and is home to produce stalls, shops for cheese, meat, and fish, and small cafes and restaurants. You can even try muscadet wine at the nearby Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.


Loire River

The Loire is the country’s longest river, rising in the southern Massif Central, a mountain range that covers about a fifth of France.

It runs north and west for 629 miles, draining an area of 50,000 square miles, and eventually flows into the Bay of Biscay, where it enters Brittany. The river is famous for its wine, particularly its Muscadet.

When it’s warm, the Loire is a watery playground for families to explore. You can enjoy long walks, mountain biking and horse riding along the banks.

The Loire is also a prime spot for water sports, including kayaking and canoeing. If you want to try a more leisurely activity, there’s even an old-fashioned paddle steamer that cruises the river.

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The excursion was absolutely fantastic

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The excursion I booked through this platform was absolutely fantastic! The guide was knowledgeable, friendly, and took us to the most breathtaking spots. It was a well-organized and immersive experience that exceeded my expectations. Highly recommended!

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I had an incredible time on the excursion I booked. The guide was passionate about their city's history and culture, and their enthusiasm was contagious. They showed us hidden gems and shared interesting stories that made the tour truly memorable.

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I highly recommend this excursion

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I highly recommend this excursion for anyone visiting the city. The guide was passionate and had a genuine love for their city, which made the tour truly special.

It was an exceptional adventure

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The guide was a true local expert who showed us hidden gems and shared insider tips. The itinerary was well-paced, allowing us to fully immerse ourselves in the city's culture and history. It was an exceptional adventure that surpassed all expectations.