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Nantes, between the Loire River and the Atlantic Ocean

Nantes is nestled on the Loire estuary, the longest river in France and last wild river in Europe. Here, the river is still influenced by the tides, and flows in both directions! The giant cranes still bear witness to the intense port activity which the city experienced up until the mid-20th century. Nowadays, the Loire acts as a backdrop for cultural activities, provides a haven for protected animals and plants and beckons people to enjoy the nearby beaches and coastline for relaxing or water sports.

As a city that was once home to the Dukes of Brittany, Nantes – a city which is Breton at heart – embodies the history of an area of transition between the countryside and the sea, between Brittany and the Loire, and between the roots of identity and the openness to discovery.

 

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Gastronomy and wine growing

As the city of Petit Beurre LU biscuits and Muscadet wine, Nantes knows how to please its inhabitants! In addition to the renowned local specialities – seafood, Loire valley wines, boiled sweets and Nantes cake –, sailors have infused Nantes cuisine with world flavours over the centuries. The immediate vicinity of one of the main basins in France for growing fresh produce means that the city can make the most of some of the freshest and most varied products available. Countless markets and restaurants provide an opportunity to discover this unique culinary wealth.

 

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