Discover Nantes

Both avant-garde & poetic

Explore Nantes: ambitious, bustling, avant-garde, Nantes is considered the European capital of the West of France Nantes looking ahead…

  • 2013 Nantes elected European Ecology Capital after Madrid
  • 2030 Nantes: “my City of tomorrow”

Key figures

The 6th French City
600,000 inhabitants, of whom 290,000 live in the City Centre
52,335 hectares
24 City Communes since 1 January 2002
3,500 new residents each year
312,000 jobs
36,000 companies
62% natural green or agricultural spaces
32% urbanized zones
6% space planned for urbanization
10,000 Associations

Le Voyage à Nantes

What’s happening in Nantes this summer ?
Le van

Cultural & Leisure activities

Discover the many cultural events in Nantes: (Classical Music: La Folle Journée, Aux Heures d’été, Jazz: Les rendez-vous de l’erdre, Conferences, Music: Tissé-Métisse etc.)

Cultural sites not to be missed!

The Dukes of Brittany Castle
The Cathedral
The “Lieu Unique” (a cultural centre in a former listed biscuit factory)
The Fine Arts Museum
The Oratory Chapel
The Zoological Gardens
L’île de Versaille (an island on the River Erdre, with a Japanese Garden)
Talensac Covered Market
Place Royale Square
Place Graslin Square and its 18th Century Theatre
The Passage Pommeraye (a 19th Century covered shopping arcade)
The Dobrée Museum (archeological museum)
The Natural History Museum
The Print Museum
The Jules Verne Museum
The Island Machines (an innovative artistic project)
The bars and cafes on the banks of the Loire