This buzzing French city is increasingly becoming a world-class hot spot for contemporary culture, attracting millions of trendy visitors each year with its thriving arts scene. For centuries, the charming capital of the Pays de la Loire region was known across France for being a traditional dockyard city, but now is becoming famous across the globe for its edgy cultural quirks. Located in the beautiful west of France, this desirable destination was named the European Green Capital in 2013, boasting over 100 beautifully manicured parks and gardens.
Eco-friendly wanderers will fall in love with this ultra-sustainable city, which is not the best place to go if you like to drive! It's a mecca for walkers and cyclists who like to breathe in the famously fresh French air as they see the sights, with plenty of ultra-wide bike paths to make travelling tranquil. You don't have to pack your own bike, as the London-esque rental scheme makes cycling easy for tourists as well as locals. Grab cheap flights to Nantes at Flybe and see this sensationally arty city in all its glory.
Located on the shimmering Loire River, this exciting area is the sixth largest city in France and is increasingly becoming a diverse urban metropolis drawing many international residents plus thousands of keen tourists each year. UK visitors have compared this lively little metropolis to Bristol for its exciting live music and flourishing arts scene. One of the main tourist draws is the fabulously unusual attraction known as Les Machines de L'ile de Nantes, in the warehouse of a former dockyard. The 'Machine of the Isle' is an extremely creative artistic project, conceptualised around the idea of blending imaginary worlds of Jules Verne and the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci. The site opened to the public in 2007 and has achieved critical acclaim for three major attractions, the stunning Heron Tree, the colourful Marine Worlds Carrousel and the most famous of all – the stunning Great Elephant. The 45-tonne mechanical elephant actually moves and can take up to 50 passengers for a 45 minute walk around the purlieu - like a fantastic fun fair ride for grown-ups. This innovative project has done wonders to promote the city as a creative centre of dream and fantasy. There is endless artistic inspiration in this exciting city, including the charming Museum of Jules Verne and the 40-mile stretch of ethereal art installations known as the Estuaire. This laid back bohemian town is a mecca for students and young creative, so it's perfect if you're looking some memorable nights out.
As is always the case across France, you can expect to find a plethora of quaint cafes, beautifully laid back bistros and classic restaurants to satisfy every appetite. This trendy location boasts some brilliant boutique hotels to make yourself at home after exploring. There is only one skyscraper in this ultra-green city, the Bretagne Tower, which offers panoramic views across the city. As well as contemporary art and culture, there are still lots of beautifully preserved medieval buildings to feast your eyes upon in central Nantes that still retains their 19th Century charms. With all the fabulous things to do and see, why not get booking your cheap flights to Nantes now at Flybe?