Cheap flights to Nantes
Known for years as une belle endormie (a sleeping beauty), today Nantes, France’s sixth-largest city, is alive and kicking.
A city of perfectly manicured parks and gardens, wide attractive boulevards and a pedestrianised old town full of medieval buildings, it’s no wonder that Nantes is often described as one of the best places to live in France. And, when it comes to entertaining tourists, it’s pretty impressive too.
As the former capital of Brittany and one of the first industrial cities in France, this place boasts a history that rivals any in Europe and is packed with historical goodies at every turn. Imposing Gothic cathedrals, 10th century castles, regal looking squares and 19th century shopping arcades; they’re all here and more. And, with a young student population, as well as a whole host of bars, pubs and jazz cafes dotted around the city, it is safe to say that Nantes is one of the hippest cities in France at the moment. All sounds good so far!
The printing Museum is a fine alternative to the Beaux Arts which is closed for renovation. Learn the history and technicalities of printing, and see the huge old machines clank and grind into action. http://musee-imprimerie.com
The 350 events during the Fête de la Bretagne (13 to 21 May 2017) include concerts, exhibitions, dancing, street theatre, literary round tables, markets, traditional games and sports, guided walks, story-telling and big celebratory meals. Info from the tourist office.
The small Jardin Japonais is an oasis of peace and beauty in this maritime bombshell of a city. Entrance is free, and you'll want a camera to capture all the photogenic scenes. Look out for the place where you can walk on the water. Info from the tourist office.
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