From derelict shipyards to über-cool artistic and cultural centre, Nantes has transformed itself in less than 20 years, with major public investment in the arts. In fact, Nantes has become so 'cool' recently that even Parisians consider it somewhere to visit or even move to.
Culture and Castles
This former industrial port at the the mouth of the Loire suffered with the loss of shipbuilding and shipping but it has fought back to become a sophisticated, vibrant city, thanks in large part to public investment in art and culture. The once derelict warehouses at the dockside now renovated sit side-by-side with impressive steel and glass structures and everywhere there are artists studios, internet start-ups and smart cafés.
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There is also a thriving music scene taking in all genres - including the largest classical music festival in France, which over 20 years has spread from Nantes to surrounding towns.
History has not been swept aside though, with timber framed houses in the old quarter and the highly impressive Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne right in the heart of the city, opened again in 2007 after 15 years of restoration work, as an emblem of the history of Nantes and Brittany.
Thrifty Car Hire in Nantes - part of the Thifty international car rental network with over 50 years experience - has offices at the airport and also in town (next to the railway station), and so is well placed to provide the cost conscious traveller with affordable, reliable cars. Thifty Nantes focuses on the popular hire groups and offers them at a straightforward rate clearly showing any optional extras available. Occasionally we run special offers to make cheap car hire in Nantes a breeze.
A car is a great way to experience the Loire Estuary with around 30 large works of art; left over from the 'Estuaire' art exhibitions; still lining the river bank from Nantes to the Atlantic port of Saint-Nazaire.
Of course, no trip to the region would be complete without visiting the vineyards of the world famous Muscadet (perfect with local seafood), while sustaining yourself with a galette - a local, thicker version of a crepe and usually with a savoury filling.
A Vision of the Future
Nantes is surely showing a way to the future as a vibrant artistic and cultural centre and one can't help but feel that its favourite son would appreciate that -- so do drop by the Jules Verne museum to say hello.
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