Nantes - the forward-thinking city
Nantes is a city located in Western France, on the Loire River which is the longest one of France. It has a long history as a port and industrial centre and nowadays, it is renowned for being a rich, lively and innovative city. In newspapers, it is regularly quoted as being one of the nicest cities in France. Thus Nantes is a remarkable balance between historical heritage, and innovation, way of life, economy and culture.
In Nantes, there are a lot of museums, theatres and auditoriums. But there are also squares, gardens, cathedrals, and of course the famous castle Château des Ducs de Bretagne. In this last one, there is an exhibition whose aim is to recall an important period of maritime history along with the question of slavery and slave-trading in the Indian Ocean. Two other must-see sites are Cathedrale de Saint-Pierre et Saint-Paul (Saint-Pierre and Saint-Paul's Cathedral) and Musee d'histoire naturelle de Nantes (museum of natural history of Nantes).
Thanks to its growing student population, Nantes has a thriving and young night-life. Bars, pubs, the city has something for everyone. In the Quartier Bouffay, you can have a drink with friends in a historic medieval atmosphere. In the heart of the quarter, there is a traditional Irish pub with a large variety of beers and whiskies.
The most famous street to go shopping in Nantes is Rue Crebillon. The street houses the most important designer stores as well as a range of interesting local labels. It also leads to the famous Passage Pomeraye, a stunning 19th century arcade with chic boutiques. Then, you can go to the Galeries Lafayette. And if you have a sweet tough, you can pay a visit to Les rigolettes Nantaises, which sells local sweets and other specialities.
Standard time zone: UTC/GMT + 1 hour.
The climate in Nantes is mild, generally warm and temperate. The temperature averages 11.6 °C, and about 780 mm of precipitation falls annually.
Nantes has the longest tram network in France, as well as a good bus network. Both are included in the TAN network (Agglomeration transport of Nantes). A single ticket costs 1.60 Euros and can be used throughout the TAN network during one hour. You can also buy a 24-hour ticket for 5 Euros.