Around the world in Nantes for Jules Verne's

Nantes - wine and oysters

Fly to Nantes in Southern Brittany with Air France for a long weekend or a family holiday and enjoy the delights of this green city that lies on the Loire River. From vineyards of the region come the Muscadet and the Gros Plant, wines that marry perfectly with fresh oysters that you can taste despite its inland location, 50km from the Atlantic coast. For visitors, the city of Nantes has created the Nantes Pass, a single card that pays entry into a choice of attractions and a great hassle-free way to discover the 6th city of France. Breton at heart, you will find the friendliness as heart-warming as the wine!

Nantes by day and night

Visiting the city is easy on foot or you can simply hop on a tram and head off to the major sites in Nantes. Here are just some ideas for things to see and do:
Nantes has a historical centre as with many cities in France, the oldest building in Nantes is the Saints Peter and Paul cathedral, gothic architecture with its original crypt dating back to the 11th century. Next on the list of old Nantes is the still grand Castle of the Dukes of Brittany. The former palace and fortress is now home to the Nantes Natural History Museum, the grounds and inner courtyard can be visited for free, while a small fee is required for entry into the castle itself. The Nantes Pass will allow you direct access to the building.
A great attraction to share with your children is the Machines of the isles of Nantes, an impressive collection of mechanical animals, water world carousel and giant mechanical elephant. A highly original concept that brings together the imaginary world of the home-grown author, Jules Verne, the genius of Leonardo da Vinci and the industrial heritage of the city. From magical stories to rides, the tour promises to delight and enchant all ages.
An homage to Jules Verne, the man who gave the world the classics such as "Around the world in Eighty days" and "Twenty thousand leagues under the Sea", you may visit the museum and the author's original home where you will find a modern display dedicated to his life.
The LU Tower will offer great views of the city and if you have the time, you can plan a trip to the legendary, Mont St Michel to the north. Perched on a rock, the tiny village shadowed by the great abbey dedicated to the Archangel Michael, is a world-class site. Book a coach tour with transfer or use car hire, train, it is well worth a day trip…
By night too, Nantes offers plenty of atmosphere, cabarets, restaurants, bars and a stop for cake and coffee at the famous, Brasserie La Cigale, and why not dine on the Edre River on board the Bateaux Nantais, ideal for charming your loved one!

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