“When in Rome, do as the Romans do” as we say. Isn’t having your own place in the city the best way to get to know it?

Shop in the local stores, stroll through the streets in search of a restaurant, take in the sights and scents of a market, or just sit back and relax in one of the many city squares or at the terrace of a café. Live a different pace of life and make the most of it…

To truly discover everything the city has to offer, the best way is to meet the locals, live their way of life, taste traditional dishes, stroll through the streets, the parks, visit the museums, enjoy Nantes’ nightlife around the opera, the famous Bouffay district, or again in the new district of Le Hangar à Bananes on the Île de Nantes.

Take full advantage of Nantes’ rich cultural heritage. You want to know more about the city’s history? Why not book a guided tour in English at the local Tourist Office?

You feel like going to the theatre, a concert or the opera? You’ll find cultural activities galore in Nantes. There are so many things to do!

Did you know that in 2004, Time Magazine declared Nantes the most livable city in Europe?

Nantes has many secrets to reveal to its visitors, and in our apartments you will find very detailed tourist information, including very interesting collection books about Nantes and its surroundings. Your only concern will be what to start with!

More to know about Nantes :

Nantes (Naoned in Breton) is the capital of the Pays de La Loire region, as well as the Loire Atlantique department. It is also the most important city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally still remains strongly identified with it.

Geography :

Located on the Loire River, 31 miles from the Atlantic coast, the city is the sixth largest in France (47°13′05″N 01°33′10″O / 47.21806, -1.55278).

It is notable that the city of Nantes is at the exact centre of Earth’s land hemisphere (47°13′N 1°32′W / 47.217, -1.533).

Climate :

Located South Brittany, the climate is mostly mild and very pleasant. The average temperature in winter is around 7C°; and 25C° in summer.

History :

After having been occupied by the Gauls and the Romans, Nantes was Christianised in the 3rd century AD. The city was successively invaded by the Saxons (around 285), the Franks (around 500), the Britons (in the 6th and 7th centuries) and the Normans, who laid waste to it in 843: “The city of Nantes remained for many years deserted, devastated and overgrown with briars and thorns.” The Chronicle of Nantes continues until the year 946, telling that Alain Barbe-Torte, grandson of Alan the Great, the last king of Brittany who was expelled by the Norse, drove them out and founded the Duchy of Brittany.

Historically, the country around Nantes (French: Le Pays Nantais) was always seen as being part of Brittany. In 1207, the Dukes of Brittany made Nantes their home, building the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany on the banks of the Loire. Most of the dukes and duchesses were buried in either the cathedral or the nearby abbeys.


the flag of Brittany

Brittany in the 14th century

When the Duchy of Brittany was annexed by the kingdom of France in 1532, Nantes kept the Parliament of Brittany for a few years before it was moved to Rennes. In 1598, King Henry IV of France signed the Edict of Nantes here, which granted Protestants rights to their religion.

The Edict of Nantes

During the 18th century, prior to abolition of slavery, Nantes was a slave trade capital, like Liverpool in the UK. This kind of trade led Nantes to become the largest port in France and a wealthy city. (www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/ism/about/ & www.lesanneauxdelamemoire.com)

In the 19th century, Nantes became an industrial city. The first public transport anywhere may have been the omnibus service initiated in Nantes in 1826. It was soon imitated in Paris, London and New York.

In 1940, the city was occupied by German troops. The city was twice severely bombed by British forces, on 16 and 23 August 1943, before being liberated by the Americans in 1944.

Until the 1970s, Nantes’ harbour was located on the Île de Nantes, when it was moved to the very mouth of the Loire River, at Saint-Nazaire. In the subsequent 20 years, many service sector organisations moved into the area, but economic difficulties forced most of these to close. In 2001, a major redevelopment scheme was launched, the goal of which is to revitalise the island as the new city centre.

The Île de Nantes has now become a trendy district where you can find “Les Machines de l’ïle” (www.lesmachines-nantes.fr ), “Le Hangar à Bananes” (www.hangarabananes.com ) and admire the famous Rings by Buren.

(some passages & illustrations have been taken from Wikipedia)

Tourist office : 3 cours Olivier de Clisson 44000 NANTES tel.0 892 464 044

www.nantes-tourisme.com / office@nantes-tourisme.com