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French Summer Holidays 7 Jul to 1 Sep 2019

Nantes tourist info. – see & do https://www.nantes-tourisme.com/en/see-do

Online Nantes tourist guide in English https://fr.calameo.com/read/000106866637adca9d026

Lonely Plant online https://www.lonelyplanet.com/france/southwestern-france/nantes

Guardian online https://www.theguardian.com/travel/2017/apr/27/nantes-france-city-breaks-with-kids-family-holidays

Nantes Maker Campus

6 to 8 July 2018. https://www.lesmachines-nantes.fr/en/nantes-maker-campus/

Both a science festival and an all-out celebration, the Nantes Maker Campus brings together tech enthusiasts, manufacturers, amateurs, engineers, science clubs, artists, students and start-ups.
What sets it apart from the 120 other Maker Faires around the world is how it showcases designers and builders who work in artistic fields and wish to meet the public. You’ll find exceptional machines roaming between the Maker Faire, rue des Nefs, and the square outside the Machines de l’île.

Le Voyage à Nantes – Follow the Green Line

The 2019 edition of Le Voyage à Nantes will take place from 6 July to 1 September!

Meandering around Nantes, you will notice a painted pea-green line snaking along the pavement, zipping up unexpected staircases, sneaking along backstreet alleys and prancing with purpose across cafe pavement terraces. This, ingeniously, is Le Voyage à Nantes(www.levoyageanantes.fr), an urban art trail that leads curious visitors to dozens of works of art – sculptures, contemporary art installations, stunning viewpoints, architectural works – all over the city. Many – such as sky-rise bar Le Nid or the slide built into the 15th-century ramparts of Château des Ducs de Bretagne – are amusingly playful and interactive. The trail is 12km long, but can be traced in sections too. Pick up a city map, marked with the trail, at the tourist office or simply follow the green line and see where it takes you.


Transavia flights on Thursdays & Sundays only. Web site

4 Jul SXF        15:35 -> Nantes 17:50
21 Jul Nantes 12:45 -> SXF     14:55

Flat in Nantes


Do, 4. Jul 2019 – So, 21. Jul 2019, 17 Nächte/2 Gäste
Anzahlung € 666,23 €. Fällig zum: 19.06.19 € 1.155,13

The Erdream’, this apartment has just been completely renovated and so for the first time sees the day as a warm welcome to the heart and to one of the most popular districts of Nantes for a short holiday across the Erdre why not… With its two large panoramic windows the Erdream of the day is bathed in light and offers a 180° bird’s eye view of the Erdre River as the most beautiful river in France. At night, the Erdream cocoon transforms, with its lights dimmed atmospheres. You can wander the streets of Nantes discover the Cité des Ducs, or on the edge of the river Erdre, rent an electric boat to discover the banks of the Erdre at another angle, or still make a dinner cruise boat fly… The kitchen is equipped with a hood, plate induction with microwave, kettle, toaster, a Nespresso machine available for making breakfast (according to the duration of your stay the breakfast will be offered on request to the reservation at the price of 7 euros per day and per person). The elements for a dinner salad spice for example are also available to the host. The toilet and bed linen is provided, a hairdryer is also available for guests.

Les Machines de l’île de Nantes


Les Machines de l’île is a totally unprecedented project. A product of François Delaroziere and Pierre Orefice’s collective imagination, it is the only place where you’ll find Jules Verne’s “Invented Worlds,” the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and Nantes’ industrial history, all on the exceptional site of the city’s former shipyards.

Some strange machines came to populate the Île de Nantes. After the Grand éléphant, this is now the turn of a Manta Ray, a Sea Snake and of all kinds of incredible boats to take possession of the banks of the Loire River in the Carrousel des Mondes Marins. These uncommon machines were born from the hands of the constructors of the company La Machine and came to life in between those of Les Machines de l’île before the public’s eyes. Their backwards and forwards between the building workshop and the Galerie des Machines give impetus to the movement at the heart of the former Dubigeon warehouses. They convey a mysterious reality to this island just like the time when vessels were launched there for all the trips of the world.


La Loire à Vélo from Nantes to Le Pellerin

17.8 km
Contemporary art features large along the Loire’s long estuary and this stage shared by the Loire à Vélo and Velodyssey cyles routes. The installations are startling, set in unusual locations. They offer joyous surprises close to the city of Nantes.

Seaside Day Trips

The city of Nantes is only 50km from the Atlantic Ocean, making a coastal day trip a must.

  1. Pack your bucket and spade for the classic seaside town of Le Croisic (population 4036), a pretty, half-timbered fishing harbour where shrimps, lobsters, crabs, scallops and sea bass are sailed into shore and unloaded. Talking of fish, the town’s aquarium is well worth visiting. Trains head to Le Croisic (€16.80, 1½ hours) from Nantes.
  2. Along the way, it’s worth stopping at St-Nazaire (population 68,513; €12.30, 45 minutes), where cruise ships – including the Queen Mary II – are built.
  3. Also along this stretch of coast is the glamorous belle époque resort of La Baule (population 15,456; €15, one hour), boasting an enormous beach. Gare de Nantes TGV8917 “Le Croisic” 47 Min. to Gare de Pornichet.

Les 23 petits voyages

Online booklet in French https://fr.calameo.com/read/0001068665425523fa703

e.g. Lac de Grand-Lieu is a lake located 15 km to the south-west of Nantes



Cycle along the Loire? to CHÂTEAU MÉDIÉVAL D’OUDON




Saumur by train, change in Anger


Clisson is really easy to get to (30 minutes by train) and is a lovely little town. https://www.tripadvisor.de/Attractions-g1842343-Activities-Clisson_Loire_Atlantique_Pays_de_la_Loire.html

Directly from Nantes, you also have diferent cruises on the Loire or the Erdre River : en.nantes-tourisme.com/cruises-3813.html

Nantes is a very good railway hub and there are trains going to interesting and attractive towns in almost every point of the compass. Eastwards up the Loire alley you could visit either Angers or Saumur. That chateau at Saumur is one of the most picturesque and was, indirectly the model for Sleeping Beauty’s castle. Southeast of Nantes you could visit Clisson or continue southwards to La Rochelle. There is a regular service southwestwards to the pretty little port of Pornic. Another line heads westwards along the northern side of the Loire estuary goes to Le Croissic, another picturesque fishing port, and passes through the traditional seaside resort of La Baule. Going northwest you can get to Vannes, an attractie town from where you an take a boat trip on the Gulf of Morbihan. To get there you may hae to change at Redon which is worth spending an hour or two, particularly if you have any interest in canals. To the north there is Rennes, a city often seen as no more than a stage on the way to Mont St Michel but it is a city with a rich history. Finally, to complete the circle, you can get to Chateaybriand on the new tram train service. You may find you need a couple more weeks!