If you are looking for a European city break that won’t break the bank and will leave you wondering why you’ve never been there before, Nantes is the place for you. With an enormous array of restaurants, bars, museums, galleries and other cultural gems, you will be spoilt for choice when deciding what to do during your stay in Nantes. Book your flights to Nates from Liverpool John Lennon Airport today, flying with easyJet.
Why you should go
For a weekend break (or longer!) packed full of culture, history, good food and stunning scenery, Nantes is the perfect location. The most popular way to see and appreciate Nantes is from the top of an elephant – the city’s famous 40ft-tall mechanical mammoth, giving you amazing views across the city. The machine is a cousin of The Giants, famous for gathering crowds of thousands in Liverpool, and came from the same workshop on the Île de Nantes.
If you’re a culture vulture and fancy doing a spot of sightseeing during your stay in Nantes, you’re in luck – the city is home to several museums. The Musée des Beaux-Arts houses one of the finest collections of French paintings outside of Paris, while the Musée d’Histoire Naturelle is dedicated to minerals, fossils and stuffed animals. The Musée Dobrée features a mixed collection of religious artefacts, armour, swords, jewels and ceramics – as well as the heart of the Duchess of Brittany, Anne de Bretagne, held in a gold casket!
Foodies and wine lovers will be in their element in Nantes; with an incredible variety of restaurants, bistros, cafes and other eateries scattered throughout the city, you won’t know where to choose for a bite to eat and a glass of wine in the sunshine. We recommend visiting Bateau Lavoir, a stunning open-air café in the town centre, for lunch or dinner. Talensac market is also fantastic if you’re looking to buy seafood or fish.
When you should go
Nantes is at its peak during the summer months, with temperatures reaching an average of 28°C – so don’t forget to pack your sunglasses and sun cream! Flights from Liverpool to Nantes operate during June, July and August.
Where you should stay
Nantes is full of quirky B&Bs, chic apartments and beautiful hotels, to suit all budgets and styles. A few of our favourite hotels in the city include Hôtel Pommeraye, Le Loft de L'Opéra and Bateau d'Ô; they’re all affordable, stylish ideally located to get around the city quickly and easily.
During your time in Nantes, ensure you make time for:
- Jardin des Plantes de Nantes – arguably one of the most stunning outdoor spaces in the entire city. Pack a picnic and head down for a relaxing afternoon in a stunning setting.
- Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne – a palace with a fortress that looks like something straight out of a fairy-tale – and the entrance to the courtyard is absolutely free.
- Tour Bretagne – head to the top of the 37-storey skyscraper to see this jaw-dropping panoramic view of the city. Free entry is a bonus, too!
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