Nantes, Brittany's historic capital, is located along the banks of the Loire River, not far from where it meets the Atlantic Ocean. Now the capital of the Pays de la Loire region and the Loire-Atlantique département, Bretons are rightfully proud of their adaptable and innovative capital city. Founded by Celts around 70 BC, by the 18th century Nantes was France's foremost port. Shipbuilding anchored the Nantes economy until very recently, but when the shipyards moved west to St-Nazaire, Nantes adapted and retooled, transforming itself into an educational and cultural hub.
Nantes' historic district features a traditional Breton atmosphere, with the beautiful 15th century Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne and the soaring ceilings of the flamboyant Gothic Cathedrale de St-Pierre et St-Paul. The exceptional Musée des Beaux Arts is nearby and features works by Picasso, Chagall, Monet, Kandinsky, Delaunay and other artists. Modern Nantes also has its attractions, including the 19th-century Place Royale and its exquisite fountain, the Place Graslin and its ornate Grand Theatre, the Musée d'Histoire Naturelle and the remarkable 19th-century Palais Dobrée.
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The Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany) is a 13th-century castle with magnificent towers, moats and fascinating museums that provide information about art, culture and local history. The Musée Dobrée features a peculiar but unique exhibit you won't see anywhere else: the heart (encased in ivory and gold) of one of the Duchesses of Brittany. Fortunately, the museum's exhibits also include a more traditional assortment of antiquities, Renaissance furniture and artefacts from throughout French history.
Jules Verne lovers will appreciate the Musée Jules Verne, which displays first-edition books, hand-edited manuscripts and cardboard theatre cut-outs relating to Verne's works. For a break you could visit the Jardin des Plantes, one of the most exquisite botanical gardens in France. Its grounds include flowerbeds, duck ponds, fountains and a children's playground at one end. The Audubon Marshland provides a similar respite and is the home of silver herons, moor hens, ducks, hawks and storks, all of which can be seen in the marshes.
Shop-a-holics will appreciate Nantes' Passage Pommeraye, a small passage between two streets that has been covered by a glass ceiling and converted into a shopping centre. Its architecture is quite impressive, as is the shopping, with three levels of shopping galleries offering an array of designer gifts.
Day trips from Nantes can be equally impressive, and visitors often use their accommodation in Nantes as a base from which to explore the surrounding region. You could take in the prehistoric standing stones at Carnac, visit nearby sandy beaches, or travel to the nearby cities of Lorient, Vannes and La Baule. Direct Flights books great travel deals to holiday destinations all around the world, including cheap holidays to Nantes, and it's all done online from the convenience of your computer. Direct Flights books flights to Nantes from all over the world, so whether you'll be flying out of the United States, Asia, or Australia, we can set up all your discount travel needs
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