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.

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

Important note

This page features a summary of highlights that you might like to explore near Nantes. For detailed visitor information see the Nantes travel guide.

Attractions in Nantes

The Jardin Extraordinaire de Nantes has been created in an old quarry and features cliffs, waterfalls and luxuriant planting.: The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes

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!

Below you can see 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.

Popular places to visit nearby include Clisson at 28 km and Les Moutiers-en-Retz at 33 km.

Nantes, 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 5 km (direction east-north-east), in the Loire Atlantique department

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

See The Jardin Extraordinaire of Nantes guide


at 28 km (direction east-south-east)

Clisson has a medieval castle, and an interesting architectural style having ben...

See Clisson guide
Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Les Moutiers-en-Retz

Seaside resort at 33 km (direction west-south-west)

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

See Les Moutiers-en-Retz guide


at 38 km (direction west)

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

See Pornic guide


Seaside resort at 42 km (direction west)

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

See Saint-Brevin-les-Pins guide
Jade Coast

Jade Coast

at 42 km (direction west)

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

See Jade Coast guide
Chateau de Tiffauges

Chateau de Tiffauges

Castle at 43 km (direction east-south-east), in the Vendee department

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

See Chateau de Tiffauges guide


at 52 km (direction west-south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Noirmoutier guide


Seaside resort at 57 km (direction south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Saint-Jean-de-Monts guide


at 57 km (direction south-west), in the Vendee department

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

See Notre-Dame-de-Monts guide


at 61 km (direction north-west), in the Ille-et-Vilaine department

Combining and active port with the cobbled streets of the old town,...

See Redon guide

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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)

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Tourist attractions near Nantes, France

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

Remarkable gardens

  • 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

Nantes is in the north-west of France - it is the prefecture (capital) of the Loire-Atlantique department (general information: Nantes is 347 kilometres from Paris).

Geographical Information

Commune: Nantes

Canton: Nantes

Arrondissement: Nantes

Department: Loire-Atlantique

Region: Pays de la Loire

Postcode: 44000

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

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 Nantes from anywhere in France see driving distances and route planner.

We have 6 other places listed as being close (less than kilometres from ): Bouguenais, Indre, La Montagne, Les Sorinieres, Reze and Saint-Herblain.

This page in French: Visiter Nantes