Holiday Parks near Nantes
Nantes is the regional capital of Loire Atlantique on France’s Loire coast, where the rivers Loire and Erdre merge. It’s regularly rated one of France’s best towns to live in, and the cultural scene buzzes. Plus, it’s a gateway to the châteaux and wines of the Loire Valley. Luckily, Nantes is but a short distance from Siblu holiday park Les Pierres Couchées. Or if you’re tempted by a two-centre holiday, it’s also the perfect place to break the journey to Domaine de Dugny campsite in the Loire Valley.
The Great Outdoors
Nantes is a great city to walk around, all the more so because of its pedestrianized town centre. Or even better, why not see more and hire a bike to cycle the pretty banks of the Erdre, lined with green spaces and picturesque houseboats. Nantes’ botanical gardens, the Jardin des Plantes, is another beautiful spot to visit and is adorned with unique, whimsical topiary, as well as boasting a children’s playground, lake and petting zoo.
Things To Do & Special Events
On Ile Feydeau, an unspoiled 18th century urban ‘island’ in the heart of Nantes, you can’t miss the sublime Château des ducs de Bretagne. It’s a must-visit in its own right, and also a wonderful introduction to the many châteaux for which the Loire region is so renowned. The castle also houses a fascinating museum with interactive displays, telling the story of Nantes from Roman times through Nazi occupation. Also think about exploring the hustle-and-bustle of Bouffay, the charming, medieval quarter. Then there’s the Musée des Beaux Arts: it’s undergoing a massive renovation and expansion programme and will soon be known as the Musée des Arts de Nantes. It’ll be worth a visit for the splendid architecture as well as its art collections.
Local Discoveries & Hidden Gems
Ile de Nantes, a three-mile-long island in the Loire, has been transformed from industrial docklands to urban ‘playground’, and les Machines de l’île programme is an unforgettable attraction – you need to experience it to believe it. It’s Jules Verne (a Nantes native) meets Leonardo da Vinci, where you can ride a 40-foot-high, 24-foot-wide mechanical elephant! Equally impressive, old Lu biscuit factory, Le Lieu Unique, is now a happening arts centre, gallery, bar and hammam. And there are yet more visual surprises along the Quai des Antilles, where you will discover an art installation of 18, equally spaced lit-up loops (Les Anneaux). When the Nantes sensory adventure starts to make your tummy rumble, you’ll discover oysters washed down with a crisp, cool glass of Muscadet; and Nantes’ enduring Breton influence means there’s a crêperie on every corner too.
Places To Go
It’s fun to take the Navibus ferry across to Trentemoult in Rezé, an area in the south of Nantes, which was once a fishing village on the Loire. Perfect for lunch, admiring the colourful houses, strolling the many alleyways, and watching the world go by.
Nantes Holiday Essentials: Château des ducs de Bretagne, Navibus to Trentemoult, Ile de Nantes