Brains tourism and travel guide

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Photo is of The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes at 14 km from Brains

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Brains is situated in the Loire-Atlantique department and Pays de la Loire region.

Below you can see some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Brains in Pays de la Loire.

Popular places to visit nearby include The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes at 14 km and Nantes at 14 km.

Brains, France: places to visit and attractions

Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!

The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes

The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes

Garden at 14 km (direction east-north-east), in the Loire Atlantique department

The Jardin Extraordinaire de Nantes has been created in an old quarry and features...

See The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes guide


at 14 km (direction east-north-east)

One of the largest towns in France, Nantes has many monuments, museums and places...

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Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 24 km (direction west-south-west)

The small town of Les Moutiers-en-Retz is best known for the nearby beach which...

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at 29 km (direction west)

Pornic is one of the liveliest and most vibrant harbour towns along the Jade...

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Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 33 km (direction west)

Pornic, a traditional port town with an attrcative harbour, is well placed to explore...

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at 35 km (direction east)

Clisson has a medieval castle, and an interesting architectural style having ben largely re-built...

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Seaside resort at 35 km (direction west-north-west)

The beach at Saint-Brevin-les-Pins is the main attraction and we also enjoyed exploring the...

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at 42 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

On Noirmoutier island you can find lots of sandy beaches and a traditional port...

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Seaside resort at 48 km (direction west)

The emphasis in Pornichet, immediately south of La Baule, is most certainly based around...

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at 49 km (direction south-west), in the Vendee department

The resort of Notre-Dame-de-Monts is one of the quiter resorts of the Vendee coast...

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Chateau de Tiffauges

Chateau de Tiffauges

Castle at 49 km (direction east-south-east), in the Vendee department

The Chateau de Tiffauges is a 12th century castle in Vendee, known for its...

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Seaside resort at 49 km (direction south-west), in the Vendee department

At Saint-Jean-de-Monts you will enjoy the extensive sandy beaches and one of the livelier...

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Briere Regional Natural Parc

Briere Regional Natural Parc

Natural Parc at 51 km (direction west-north-west)

Away from the beaches, Briere Regional Natural Parc is the second largest marsh area...

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Seaside resort at 53 km (direction south-south-west), in the Vendee department

Saint-Hilaire-de-Riez is the beach resort next to Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie...

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Markets in and near Brains

  • La Montagne: market Wednesday (4km)
  • Bouaye: market Thursday (4km)
  • Le Pellerin: market Saturday (4km)
  • Coueron: market Thursday (5km)
  • Indre: market Sunday (5km)
  • Nantes: market Sunday (9km)
  • Reze: market Tuesday & Friday (12km)
  • Machecoul: market Wednesday (21km)
  • Carquefou: market Thursday (22km)
  • La Bernerie-en-Retz: market Friday & Tuesday - seasonal market only (26km)

More information about Brains, Pays de la Loire

Tourist attractions near Brains, France

What to do at Brains? Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Brains.

Regional Natural Parcs

Remarkable gardens

  • Jardin des plantes (15km)

Protected historical centre (fr: secteur sauvegardé)

(see also historical French towns)

Sites of natural beauty

  • Lac de Grand-Lieu (9km)
  • Petite Amazonie de Nantes (16km)
  • Île Héron (France) (18km)
  • Marais de Machecoul (21km)
  • Loire Estuaire (33km)
  • Pointe Sainte-Gildas (40km)

Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)

Zoo and/or wildlife park

  • Planète sauvage (parc) (7km)

Geography and distances

Brains is in the north-west of France at 14 kilometres from Nantes, the department capital (general information: Brains is 356 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Brains

Canton: Bouaye

Arrondissement: Nantes

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44830

Distance to Brains

from Nantes (prefecture): 14 km

from Paris: 356 km

from Calais: 494 km

from Nice: 800 km

from Bordeaux: 274 km

from Strasbourg: 723 km

Getting here

Most visitors arrive by car via one of the ferry ports such as Saint-Malo or Cherbourg. Allow around 3 hours for the trip in France. For driving distances to Brains from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 9 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bouaye, Coueron, Indre, La Montagne, Le Pellerin, Port-Saint-Pere, Saint-Herblain, Saint-Jean-de-Boiseau and Saint-Leger-les-Vignes.

This page in French: Visiter Brains