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Tourism in Nantes: discover the lively capital of Loire-Atlantique

Le Domaine du Collet *** our campsite in Loire-Atlantique invites you to discover Nantes, the capital of the department, during your stay.

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Discover the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the typical Bouffay district, the Passage Pommeraye, the Lieu Unique, Trentemoult (an old fishing village) and other wonders... Nantes has a rich historical heritage, a vibrant cultural scene and an art of living less than an hour from the coast! Book your best-value holiday accommodation near Nantes at Domaine du Collet **** , ideal for discovering the Pays de Retz, Pornic, Noirmoutier ...

Nantes, the green capital of Europe

Nantes is celebrating its title as Europe's Green Capital by taking an unusual route during the summer with "Le Voyage à Nantes". It links all the cultural sites where works from the Musée des Beaux-Arts are on display. You'll also find ephemeral, artistic or plant-based installations in unusual locations.

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The Jardin des Plantes in Nantes

Claude Ponti invites you to discover his three-dimensional creations in the Jardin des Plantes.

The Château des Ducs de Bretagne

The Nantes History Museum tells the story of the city, its ports, its industrial history and the city of today.

The Passage Pommeraye

The Passage Pommeraye is a city-centre shopping arcade housed in a listed building. You can walk up and down the steps of the monumental staircase, decorated with statues, which distributes the three floors of the passage under an elegant glass roof. For a map of the Passage Pommeraye, click on the following link:

The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

Nantes was France's leading slave-trading port in the 18th century, and was enriched by the trade. It inaugurated this memorial, the only one of its kind in Europe, in 2012 to demonstrate its determination to "preserve the memory of the past and warn of the future" (K. Wodiczko and J. Bonder).

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The Machines de l'Ile

The Nave of the former Nantes shipyards is home to a number of "living, monumental machines" created by Pierre Orefice and François Delarozière. Take a trip aboard the 12-metre-high Grand Eléphant, with a breathtaking view over the site of the former shipyards. Visit the Galerie des Machines and discover the Heron Tree, where plants and mechanical plants live side by side. Information on and website.

The Carrousel of the Marine Worlds

A merry-go-round 25 metres high and 20 metres in diameter, with 3 levels of different worlds. Discover amazing creatures such as the retropropelled squid, the giant crab and the manta ray, not forgetting the view from the Nautilus terrace. Information on and website.

Quai des Antilles

Near the banana shed, discover the 18 rings (designed by artist Daniel Buren) facing the Loire. Take advantage of the many bars and restaurants on site, including La Cantine du Voyage (an ephemeral, surprising and convivial space). Information on the Voyage à Nantes website.

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Aux Heures d'Eté Festival

This festival of world cultures is the place to be in Nantes this summer. Discover the programme.

Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre Festival

This free festival brings the diversity of today's jazz to a wide audience. It's also the biggest gathering of the city's maritime and river heritage. A link between the history of jazz and that of the Erdre: over 150 boats and 300 artists will be inviting their guests to Nantes at the end of the summer season. See the website for more information.

The city of Nantes has a rich cultural offering for both residents and visitors. Between Art and History, Nantes has an abundance of museums: the Fine Arts Museum, the Dobrée Museum, the Jules Verne Museum, the Natural History Museum, the Nantes Planetarium, the Printing Museum, the Maillé-Brézé Naval Museum, the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery... enough to fill your cultural stopovers!

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The Museum of Urban History

Located in the historic heart of Nantes, the Nantes Museum of Urban History is housed inside the Château des Ducs de Bretagne. It offers visitors a retrospective of Nantes' activities over the centuries. A chronological and thematic tour depicts the history of the city in seven stages.

The Natural History Museum

Throughout the year, the Natural History Museum offers a range of cultural and scientific activities for all ages, from guided tours to events for children aged 4 to 10 based around the collections and exhibitions, or lectures. Information on 02 40 41 55 00.

The Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery

The slave trade and slavery are part of the town's history and identity. At the Nantes Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, you can learn about or revise your knowledge of the role played by Nantes in Europe's slave trade, how a slave-trading campaign unfolded, the sale of slaves and life on the plantations. From the esplanade, a vast open-air staircase leads visitors to the underground passage at the heart of the Memorial. Information on 0811 46 46 44.

The Jules Verne Museum

The Jules Verne Museum is dedicated to the famous writer, with the aim of bringing the wealth of his literary collections to the public. Books, manuscripts, documents, games and objects invite you to travel to the heart of Verne's writing. You can explore the life of the writer, from his family environment to his stories, in dedicated areas. Information on 02 40 69 72 52.