Attractions & Activities in Nantes

Nantes is famous for the beautiful lakes and marshes in the surrounding areas which strongly influenced the local dishes. Many restaurants offer fresh eels, roasted duck and frog legs with parsley, wine and garlic. The traditional cuisine from Nantes is simple but delicious and rich of flavor. Another local specialty is the famous French crepe. These thin pancakes are filled with a wide range of fillings, both savory and sweet and form a perfect snack, complete meal or dessert.

The marshlands around Nantes are home to many species of birds. The marshlands are popular for bird watchers or to relax in a stunning natural environment. During the summer months, silver herons, moor hens, ducks, hawks and storks can be seen.

Castle of the Dukes of Brittany
This castle is a fascinating building with a mixture of styles. The building features magnificent towers, impressive moats and interesting museums. The castle, built in the 13th century is a treasure of culture and fascinating art. The castle was the former home of the Dukes of Brittany and the museum displays the local history perfectly.

Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul
The construction of the Gothic influenced, white-stoned cathedral began in 1434, but was not completed until 1891. The impressive high ceiling, beautiful interior and several tombs including that of Francios II make the church definitely worth the visit.