Visiting Nantes on foot: our must-see places

Are you looking for things to do and see in Nantes? Nantes is the ideal city to visit during a sunny day or an extended weekend.

Combining perfectly modernity and historical heritage, Nantes will surprise you.

Chief town of Loire-Atlantique, it can be proud to be on the podium of the greenest cities in France. Discover it on foot or by bike, along the green line, specially designed by the Tourist Office of Nantes, or along the many bike paths, designed for this purpose.

Are you planning your trip to Nantes? We have selected for you the places not to be missed!

Visit the castle of the Dukes of Brittany

Historical emblem of the city, a visit of the castle of the Dukes of Brittany is must-do to all those who are visiting Nantes. Dating back to the 15th century, take a stroll in the courtyard of the castle, walk around the ramparts and the moat garden. They are accessible for free so you can appreciate all the splendour and authenticity of the castle and its surroundings.

Visit the island of Nantes and discover Les Machines de l’Île

Unique spot, well-known thanks to the Machines of the Isle (Les Machines de l’Île), the Isle of Nantes is a must-see. Discover an original artistic world thanks to crazy mechanical creatures coming straight from the imagination of artists, inspired by the most beautiful novels of Jules Verne. Stroll on the Great Elephant for a unique spectacle.

Visit the Bouffay district

Not far from the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, go to the Bouffay district, known for its medieval character. Be charmed by the half-timbered houses, the buildings dating from the 15th century or the Sainte-Croix Church. A very dynamic neighbourhood that is alive days and nights thanks to its pedestrian street and its many bars and restaurants.

Visit the Graslin district

Another highlight of the City is the Graslin district, a place rich of history. Surely elegant, since dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, enjoy strolling in its narrow streets, visiting the Pommeraye Passage for a pleasant shopping experience or trying the many restaurants and cafes for a friendly moment.

Visit The passage Pommeraye

Architectural jewel of Nantes, visiting the Pommeray Passage is a must when visiting Nantes, even for those who are not addicted to shopping. This shopping gallery, open since 1843, will surprise you with its 3 floors and its neoclassical style, which will immerse you directly into the 19th century, do not miss it.

The tower of Brittany

Made famous thanks to its bar with a panoramic view of Nantes, called "Le Nid", the Tower of Brittany is today a must-see place. A huge sleeping stork watches over the city from the 32nd floor of this imposing tower. Come and enjoy the view at sunset for example, the entrance ticket is only €1.

Plan your next stay in a hotel apartment close to the city centre of Nantes

You wish to plan your next weekend or a few days visiting Nantes? Enjoy the prime location of our aparthotel Nantes La Chantrerie. The city centre of Nantes can be reached in less than 20 minutes by car and a free private car park is available. The Wi-Fi connection is free throughout our apart hotel.

Our guide to activities in Nantes will help you plan your next stay. Book your apartment near Nantes, in La Beaujoire, to benefit from the best rates guaranteed.

Practical information

Think about the Nantes City Pass, it allows you savings of nearly 50% on your visits and transport fees, go here to book it.

More information to organize your stay on the website of Nantes Tourist Office.