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Nantes, the ancient capital of the Duchy of Brittany

Nantes, the ancient capital of the Duchy of Brittany and once a busy seaport, is located on the Loire River, 50 km from the Atlantic coast. Certainly one of the most enjoyable, cultural, artistic, creative and emerging cities in Europe, it can be easily reached by TGV from Paris (2h trip).

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Start the day by walking the old town where each stone reflects the fascinating history of the city, both in its relation to Brittany and its openness to the world. Visit the Cathedral Saint-Pierre and the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, where you will discover the secrets of Nantes through a contemporary museum scenography
A stone’s throw away, explore the more classical part of the city famous for its Place Royale, the Opera Graslin and the Cours Cambronne, a charming alley. Make a detour to browse shops under the covered gallery of the Passage Pommeraye which is much appreciated by filmmakers.
Visit Ile de Nantes where contemporary architecture is blooming. The permanent artistic displays of the Estuaire Arts Festival that spread along the Loire up to Saint-Nazaire will delight you. Be inspired and follow the steps of Jules Verne by riding the 12 metre-high mechanical Grand Elephant and visiting the extraordinary Galerie des Machines and the Carrousel des Mondes Marins located in the former shipyards.

The Talensac market can be your perfect starting point (closed on Mondays). A true local institution, a morning visit is a must. You will be able to taste local specialities such as fresh garden products, galettes and crêpes as well as oysters accompanied by a glass of Muscadet. Afterwards take the Navibus on the Loire River to reach Trentemoult, an ancient fishing village plunged in a retro atmosphere. Discover its coloured facades, charming little streets and beautiful view over the Loire estuary. Have your lunch at the Civelle, an ancient tavern.

Train station(s)

Trains are a convenient way of reaching many towns and cities throughout Europe. The majority of cities in Europe have a minimum of one train station, while larger, more populated cities have two or more stations. Train stations, in general, are located in the heart of the city. Review the map below to get an idea of where the train station(s) in Nantes can be found.

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