It’s Summer and You’re in Nantes

Nantes by night

Then I have to say that you’re one lucky person. Nantes, is a beautiful French city in the region Pays de la Loire. It’s a charming city with easy transport and a lot to explore. I lived here for 10 months and will come back later in August and right now I am missing it terribly. So, what to do in Nantes? These are my personal favourites.

Nantes by night
Nantes at night seen from Le Nid

The Elephant

The elephant
The famous elephant of Nantes

The Elephant is the product of La Machine which is a popular machine company in Nantes. They have produced a lot of machines and the elephant is definitely my favourite. I love the fact that it walks and squirts water at the same time. Take a walk from Commerce or take the line 1 tram to Chantiers Navals to Ile de Nantes where the elephant is located. I personally like the walk. Ooo and when you’re in the elephant, keep an eye for a bright yellow crane, it’s the city’s personal favourite too.

The Castle
You can’t miss it. The castle is situated in the center of the city with the name Château des ducs de Bretagne. It’s a great place to visit especially when the weather is nice, you can even sit around the grass which surrounds the castle. The castle itself is free, an extra charge for the museum.

The Kayak
The river Erdre is especially personal to me. Not only did I used to pass it every day as I go to school, it also has a really great view. You can rent a kayak and spend your time exploring this gorgeous river. I rented the kayaks at the Ile de Versailles where the Japanese garden is. The garden is also worth a visit.

The river Erdre
The river Erdre from my kayak!

The Crepes
This is a must when you visit Nantes. Also make sure to have your crepes with cidre. There are plenty of creperies around Commerce and Bouffay area, take your pick and you won’t regret it.

The Ice Cream
Look out for an ice-cream parlour called La Fraserie in Commerce or Pornic. They have the best and most fresh ice-cream. I guarantee you’d want more.

The Place to be
Don’t forget to go up the Tour de Bretagne. Recently they opened a new bar called Le Nid. You can see the whole of Nantes from the 32nd floor, and I have to say it was awesome!

Mouth-watering crepes in Nantes

The Others
Around Nantes there are a lot of great places. Check out Pornic, which is the beach side. They have a lot of fresh seafood, including oysters my favourite. Don’t forget to go to Clisson, which is a small town with Italian-influenced buildings, only 15 minutes by train from Nantes.

No wonder I miss the city so much! Have you visited Nantes before? Or maybe you have a question on Nantes? Drop a comment below!


12 Comment

  1. Michael Figueiredo says: Reply

    Nantes looks like a great place to visit!

    1. Hi Michael. Nantes is truly a pretty French city, I loved every minute living there and would do it again 🙂

  2. Debbie Beardsley @ European Travelista says: Reply

    Love castles, so that would probably be one of my first stops! After eating all the food you’ve mentioned, I will need to spend a lot of time kayaking. I’m ready to go!

    1. Hi Debbie!
      One day in the kayak cruising down the river Erdre sounds like the perfect day! You will love Nantes, let me know if you have the chance to visit it.

  3. The elephant did it for me. Castles and crepes are to be had aplenty in France, but what a stroke of imagination to create this work of art in an otherwise perhaps boring factory.

    1. Also love the elephant! Such an amazing piece of work

  4. Shirlene from Idelish says: Reply

    We’ll definitely head back to France one day and this seems like a great stop to add to the itinerary!

    1. Hi Shirlene! Nantes is definitely worth to be added into your itinerary! 🙂

  5. Nice introduction about Nantes. By the way, how far from Paris?

    1. Hey Ken, Nantes is 2 hours away from Paris by train. You can go to Nantes through Gare Montparnasse in Paris.

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