If you're looking for a destination full of cultural and artistic attractions, do consider Nantes, a city on the Loire River in the Upper Brittany region of Western France. Here, visitors can discover interesting artworks all over town, shaped by the unlimited imagination of local and international artists, and much more.
Les Machines de L'ile
One of the city's most exciting spots is Les Machines de l'Ile, a kind of artistic theme park at the crossroads of Jules Verne’s invented worlds, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and Nantes’ industrial history. The unique project is located on the exceptional site of the former shipyards, with Nantes' Great Elephant being on of the highlights. Sometimes it even walks the streets of the city! The site also features the Marine Worlds carousel, which was elected the most beautiful carousel in the world.
The Hangar à Bananes, where the park is located, also has a lot to offer in terms of eating and drinking. 300 outdoor seats, a huge bar, a skate park and a stunning view of the Loire make it the perfect place to enjoy a warm summer evening.
Restaurant in former Criminal Court
Nantes' center is full of history and old prestigious buildings. A definite highlight is L’Assise , the brasserie of Radisson Blu Hotel, Nantes. The restaurant occupies the beautiful premises of the city's former Criminal Court, a rather unique setting.
Try to Escape
If you're in the mood for something a bit more playful, then the so-called “League of Gentlemen” might be just right for you. The adventure game, that's best played as a team with friends and family, takes place in a locked room. The goal is to escape by solving riddles, logical games, and more.
Arcades in Nantes
While in Nantes, don't miss this architectural jewel: the gorgeous Passage Pommeraye, which is famous for being one of the most beautiful arcades in the whole of Europe. Today it features around 30 shops and a superb restaurant.
Nantes Cathedral,officially Cathedrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul, is one of the oldest Gothic cathedrals in France. The cathedral is open free for the public which makes it accessible to everyone who is interested to visit this beautiful historical place.