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From its actually distinctive, city-wide artwork path, to refreshing inexperienced areas in an across the metropolis, Nantes is one among France's most attention-grabbing cities – an ideal French metropolis break vacation spot for lovers of tradition with a twist. Here are 10 causes to go to.

1. The metropolis artwork path

Nantes is the one metropolis in France to boast a 22km-long artwork path, cleverly linking greater than 120 artworks from worldwide artists with town's heritage, its beautiful vistas and full of life neighborhoods. Since its first version in 2012, Le Voyage à Nantes summer time pageant has allowed artists to make use of town streets as their canvas, with some artworks changing into everlasting fixtures, whereas others current solely quickly. Visitors can merely observe the inexperienced line to discover this progressive dialogue between artwork and its city setting.

The Journey to Nantes artwork path © Nautilus Nantes/LVAN

2. Mechanical beasts

Head to the Île de Nantes for a trip on the Great Elephant, a colossal machine which carries as much as 49 passengers 12m up on its again whereas spraying spectators with water from its trunk. Watch out for the Gallery of Machines' different creatures too – a heron, a mechanical spider and large hummingbirds, to call however just a few…– strive your hand at controlling one of many machines! Then, going through the River Loire, trip on the large 25m-high carousel and watch as magnificent marine creatures revolve round you, guarded by 16 fishermen from internationally's oceans.

The Elephant on the island of Nantes © David Gallard LVAN

3. The Château of the Dukes of Brittany

Tea Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, constructed within the late fifteenth century and expanded by Anne of Brittany, is town's most vital historic constructing. It homes the Museum of History, which can transport you to numerous intervals prior to now, together with the union of Brittany with France, the event of Nantes' harbor and the slave commerce.

The Dukes of Brittany fortress © Philippe Piron LVAN

4. Museum of Arts

Nestled between the cathedral and the botanical gardens within the coronary heart of town, the Nantes Museum of Arts boasts a novel assortment spanning 9 centuries and that includes 13,000 items starting from the Italian Primitives to modern artwork. It's a beautiful place to discover the position of artwork and its place in instances previous in addition to the world at present.

Museum of Arts in Nantes © C. Clos

5. The vineyards of Clisson

This is the house of Muscadet, Nantes' light-bodied, crisp and refreshing wine. HAS 100km wine route guides guests by means of varied villages across the colourful metropolis of Clisson, inviting you to find the altering landscapes and various heritage, together with castles, vineyards and church buildings. Don't miss Le Porte-Vue, a belvedere within the fairly little village of Château-Thébaud, which provides a panoramic view of the breathtaking countryside from its giddying cantilevered commentary deck.

A heat wine-country welcome awaits on the Guinguette La Huchette at Château Thébaud © Camille Guery, LVAN

6. Playgrounds and artwork mixed

Nantes has collaborated with artists to create a collection of wacky playgrounds within the metropolis. These embrace the Ping-Pong Park, the Aire de Jeux, a novel sea monster playground, the 'We will stroll on the Moon' playground, and the Basketball Tree. They are perfect for letting the children run off some steam, and grown-ups will get pleasure from them too

There is a lot to entertain younger guests to Nantes, © David Gallard, LVAN

7. An open-air museum alongside the Loire estuary

Embark on a river cruise like no different to find the river and its surrounding panorama peppered with a everlasting open-air assortment of 33 authentic artworks from Nantes to Saint-Nazaire. This 60km path alongside the Loire boasts large-scale installations, sculptures and wonderful structure from the hand of a few of at present's famend worldwide artists.

A river cruise takes in 33 artworks, corresponding to La Maison dans la Loire by Jean-Luc Courcoult © Adrien Pasquier, LVAN

8. Nantes seasonal, native gastronomy

Freshness, high quality, seasonality, and origin of merchandise all mix to make Nantes stand out in terms of delicacies. The connection between the world's native producers and eating places means menus function connoisseur delights corresponding to recent oysters, sea bass, langoustines and crabs from the Atlantic simply an hour away. As effectively because the world-famous salt from Guérande and scrumptious native butter, the area is well-known for its big number of greens which might be grown with a pinch of earthy love – after which there's the Nantais cake to wrap all of it up. To aid you savor a neighborhood foodie expertise like by no means earlier than, take a look at the meals information The tables of Nantes.

Farmers' market within the Parc de la Sevre © Christophe Bornet by Kristo

9. Historical coronary heart of town

A stroll by means of Nantes will lead you thru neighborhoods with strikingly completely different personalities, from town's 18th-century monuments to its medieval streets. The historical past of Quartier Bouffay, the place homes made out of timber nonetheless stand to this present day, is writ giant on its various structure. At purchasing arcade The Pommeraye Passage, you can find a shocking mix of neo-classicism and Louis-Philippe eclecticism. A five-minute stroll will carry you to the Île de Versailles, the place a picnic or a kayaking session awaits you beneath the gently warming rays of the summer time solar.

Enjoy a stroll by means of the historic Quartier Bouffay © Patrick Gérard, LVAN

10. Nantes City Pass

Le Voyage à Nantes has meticulously curated a go that brings collectively all the things that may be seen, visited, tasted and skilled. Choose from 24-hour, 48-hour, 72-hour and seven-day passes and revel in entry to all of the points of interest round Nantes and its outskirts. The seven-day go is one of the best ways to get pleasure from a hassle-free, relaxed vacation, with limitless public transport (trams, buses and airport shuttle), cruises, visits, tastings and lots of extra actions. Get the Pass Nantes from a beginning charge of €27 (£23) for twenty-four hours, and expertise town in each sense!

A City Pass is the perfect solution to see sights in and round Nantes, such because the Miroir d’eau in Carré Feydeau © Jean-Dominique Billaud, LVAN

For extra data, maps and itinerary solutions, go to Nantes vacationer board.

Lead photograph credit score: As effectively as its artwork path, historical past and beautiful structure, Nantes is residence to inexperienced areas corresponding to Le Jardin Extraordinaire © Johanna Rolland

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Journey to Nantes: 10 Reasons to Visit