Nantes tourism and travel guide
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France This Way comment: One of the largest towns in France, Nantes has many monuments, museums and places of interest to discover including the famous 'elephant' on the island.
This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Nantes. For detailed visitor information see the Nantes travel guide.
Nantes is situated in the Loire-Atlantique department and Pays de la Loire region, in the north-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Loire-Atlantique department (general information: Nantes is 347 kilometres from Paris).
Tourist classifications for Nantes include "secteur sauvegarde", "town of art and history" and "ville fleurie 4*". It is unusual for a town to have 3 awards, which indicates how important Nantes is as a tourist destination!
Nantes, France: places to visit and attractions
Some of the places that we have visited and reviewed and can recommend when you are sightseeing close to Nantes in Pays de la Loire.
Note that all distances below are 'direct' and real driving distances will be greater!
... or see ALL recommended places to visit in Loire-Atlantique
Map of places to visit near Nantes
Markets in and near Nantes
Market days in Nantes: weekly market: Sunday;
- Nantes: market Sunday (0km)
- Reze: market Tuesday & Friday (3km)
- Indre: market Sunday (5km)
- La Montagne: market Wednesday (6km)
- Bouaye: market Thursday (9km)
- Coueron: market Thursday (9km)
- Le Pellerin: market Saturday (11km)
- Carquefou: market Thursday (14km)
- Nort-sur-Erdre: market Friday (28km)
- Machecoul: market Wednesday (28km)
More information about Nantes, Pays de la Loire
Tourist attractions near Nantes, France
Some places with official tourist classifications and other places of interest to visit nearby that should provide inspiration if you are visiting Nantes.
- Jardin des plantes (5km)
Sites of natural beauty
- Petite Amazonie de Nantes (6km)
- Île Héron (France) (9km)
- Lac de Grand-Lieu (13km)
- Marais de Machecoul (28km)
- Loire Estuaire (40km)
- Marais de Vilaine (59km)
Villages in bloom 4* (fr: ville fleurie)
- Carquefou (14km)
- Notre-Dame-de-Monts (57km)
Zoo and/or wildlife park
- Planète sauvage (parc) (15km)
Geography and distances
Distance to Nantes
from Nantes (prefecture): 5 km
from Paris: 347 km
from Calais: 487 km
from Nice: 794 km
from Bordeaux: 275 km
from Strasbourg: 714 km
Nantes is in the north-west of France. 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 Nantes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.
This page in French: Visiter Nantes