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Nantes, the ancient Capital of Brittany, is located on the bank of the Loire River near the Atlantic coast. The city is a showcase to some superb examples of architectural heritage and stunning natural sights. Nantes is an ideal gateway for travelers who would like to combine culture with nature in a friendly town with a French atmosphere.
Located 50 km (31 miles) from the Atlantic Coast up the Loire River, Nantes was an important port that reached its peak in the 18th century with the trade of slaves from Africa with the West Indies. Nantes is also famous for being the home of the science fiction writer Jules Verne.
Nantes is a bustling and vibrant university town with an active cultural scene. As a visitor you can experience year round activities organized by students. The University of Nantes' Theater is located on the campus and hosts over 70 events from September until April. The University choir offers many performances throughout the year. During the summer months you will be able to enjoy delightful concerts from the Symphony orchestra on various locations across the city.