6 great things to do in Nantes:
1. Jardin des Plantes de Nantes
2. Les Machines de l’ile de Nantes
The museums of “robots” of the city of Nantes. Please, PLEASE go there!
Where else can you see a huge robot elephant walking around in the city and even spraying water! You can even ride it if you want!
3. Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne
4. Tour Bretagne
5. Le lieu unique
6. La Villa Ocupada
La Villa Ocupada – vast ephemeral exhibition space with a free entrance (I just love this free stuff in Nantes!). Roughly twenty artists from all over the world took over the building and created installations, drawings from floor to ceiling to express their social and political aspirations. I totally recommend to check out La Villa Ocupada!
I would also advice you to take bikes, which are called Bicloo. The most convenient way of transportation in my opinion. It is a self’-service bicycle network with almost 80 stations all around the city. You pay 1 euro per day for the subscription, you can use your bike for the first 30 mins for free. So, considering the fact that the city is tiny, you definitely get from one place to another in 30 mins. Then you just park your bike, and, when finished with the place, you can take another bike (or even the same one) for another 30 mins for free. That is how I paid 1 euro using the bike all day long! 🙂
A good choice for Nantes would be to buy the Nantes City Card Pass. Visit the chateaux, spend time in the gardens, and explore museums and cultural attractions all with your Nantes City Card Pass for 1,2 or 3 days!
Where to stay in Nantes, France
There are many options depending on your budget:
- Luxury stay – Okko Hotels Nantes Château (great location and modern décor of the room will make you want stay in Nantes longer), Oceania l’Hôtel de France Nantes (a 2-minute walk from the Place Royale. Spacious rooms, the interior is designed in a contemporary style);
- Great value for money hotels – Le Val de l’Eraudière (offers self-catering accommodation with a terrace and a garden. Free bikes are available!)
- Budget stay – Campanile Nantes Centre – Saint Jacques (a great hotel with hospitable staff, can be cheap if you catch a promo).
Thank you for reading this article, I hope it helped you to decide what to do while in Nantes, France. It is truly one-of-a-kind! 🙂
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