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Destination of the month

Welcome to Nantes

Nantes was the historical capital of Brittany but for almost 200 years it has been the regional centre for the Pays de la Loire region. It’s a city with an obviously rich past but it’s also the gateway to a region that is French to its core.

Flying to Nantes

Cityjet flies to Nantes in the summer season

Cork Cork airport ork to Nantes Nante Atlantique Airport NTE


Things to do here

While Nantes will always retain its Breton heart, the city is today the regional capital for the ‘Pays de la Loire’ region. Home to castles, chateaux, monasteries and intact medieval towns of exquisite beauty, it’s a region with something for everyone. Within two hours of Nantes, you can visit some of the country’s most famous wine regions including the Loire and Saumur. In addition, the coastline of the Loire Atlantique and Vendee departments has endless kilometres of great family friendly beaches.

To Eat

  1. Brasserie La Cigale. Imagine the perfect French bistro with a high ceilinged dining room, lots of ornamental ‘fin de siècle’ brass, and waiters in white aprons – well, welcome to Brasserie La Cigale – open for breakfast from 7:30am until late for dinner. A must see.

  2. La Mare Aux Oiseaux. French fine dining at its best. A Michelin starred restaurant from chef Eric Guerin. Located just outside St Nazaire in Saint Joachim.  You can also stay in the adjoining boutique hotel.

To Stay

  1. Okko Hotels Nantes Chateau. The Okko Nantes is part of a chain of hotels dedicated to promoting the uniqueness of the cities and regions they operate in. These hotels offer city centre locations and the best of the local cuisine. The Okko Nantes does not disappoint.

  2. Hotel Concordia. Looking to explore the wider region, Le Mans is less than two hours by motorway from Nantes and the centrally located Hotel Concordia is a good base to explore the town’s medieval centre.