Destination Nantes

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Capital of Western France

A fast-growing city on the French Atlantic coast, Nantes with its booming economy and thriving cultural scene is one of the new up and coming European destinations.

Nantes creative, sustainable with a fantastic sense of welcome

Known for its eclectic sights and architecture, its dynamism, diverse cultural events and activities, its quality of life recognised by the European Green Capital label, Nantes regularly comes first of the most liveable cities.

A « must go to » city for corporate meetings, Nantes has become a favourite amongst audacious event organisers.

From congresses to corporate meetings… Nantes and La Cité Nantes Congress Centre offer a wide selection of imaginative and sustainable solutions for organising events.

Nantes is the birth place of Jules Verne. The city’s audacity, imagination and collective spirit make it a highly attractive destination for event organisers.


Nantes, an environmentally responsible city

The only French city designated European Green Capital, Nantes has shown an ongoing commitment to protecting the environment and quality of life. In the region, sustainablity is key to social progress, economic development, conservation of natural resources and respect for cultural diversity…


  • 1st French city designated European Green Capital
  • 1st  Global Destination Sustainability destination
  • 2nd European city for accessibility for People with Reduced Mobility
  • 5th most cycle-friendly city worldwide
  • 60% of natural areas
  • 45% of hotel rooms are eco-labelled

Key figures:

  • 6th largest French agglomeration
  • 619,240 inhabitants
  • 62,400 students
  • 36% of the population under 25 years
  • 15 museums


Nantes cultural and creative

A stunning heritage, combining tradition and audacity

Nantes, city of art and history, and a source of inspiration for Jules Verne’s imagination, offers a wealth of stunning and diversified tourist attractions, from medieval sites to the major maritime adventures and industrial heritage. Definitely offbeat, it cultivates a taste for astonishment.

  • Château des Ducs de Bretagne, the last castle in the Loire Valley before the Atlantic Ocean
  • Saint-Pierre & Saint-Paul cathedral
  • Museum of Fine Arts
  • Bouffay District
  • Royal Square
  • Pommeraye Passage and rue Crebillon with its luxury boutiques
  • Graslin Opera
  • La Cigale, a 19th century style brasserie, a listed historical monument
  • Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery
  • Former LU biscuit factory converted into a national artistic theatre, Lieu Unique
  • « Les Anneaux » by Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain

Last but not least, Les Machines de l’Ile, an unprecedented art project. Born from the imagination of François Delarozière and Pierre Orefice, this unique project takes you on an imaginary voyage at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s “invented worlds”, Leonardo da Vinci’s mechanical world and Nantes’ industrial legacy. It is situated on the amazing site of the former naval shipyards.

  • Les Machines Gallery
  • The Grand Elephant
  • Marine Worlds Carousel
  • The Heron Tree


A very attractive region for your pre- or post-event tours

Nantes, a vast array of sightseeing options :

  • La Baule and its bay, the largest fine sandy beach in Europe (9 km)
  • Saint-Nazaire and the magic of its transatlantic cruise ships
  • Guérande, city of Art and History, and its salt marshes
  • Brière Regional Natural Park
  • Le Croisic and its fishing port
  • Loire Estuary by bike
  • Medieval town of Clisson and its Tuscany-inspired environment
  • Nantes vineyards and its Muscadet
  • Puy du Fou
  • Mont St Michel
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Major cultural events around yours for the national and international promotion of the Destination

In Nantes, each season vibrates to the beat of festivals, street performances, and unusual creations :