Located 100 km from Rennes, Nantes is the biggest city in the Armorican region and the historical capital of Brittany, acting as a natural gateway to the West. Everything here is an echo of Brittany: the Château des ducs de Bretagne, which was the work of François II and his daughter, the Duchess Anne of Brittany, the canal connecting Nantes to Brest, the countless crêperies lining the city streets…
Nantes is an invitation to experience more of Brittany…
By starting in the “City of Dukes” and following the coast, you will discover the Guérande Peninsula and the Gulf of Morbihan, as well as its charming cities like Vannes (1 h 15 min away). Continue climbing towards Finistère and discover the Crozon Peninsula, as well as the historical port-city of Brest (3 h)... Further North, you can visit Saint-Malo and Mont Saint-Michel in 2 hours! With Nantes as your starting point, take a trip from land to sea and back again to Brittany!
The echo of Breton heritage
In Nantes, you can already feel that Brittany is in the air! The city’s cultural and architectural heritage are reminders that it was once the historical capital of the Armorican region. The Château des ducs de Bretagne remains a major emblem of this era. It was built by François II, the last duke of an independent Brittany, then by his daughter, Anne of Brittany, and is now home to Nantes’ history museum: Le Musée d’histoire de Nantes. Just steps away, inside the Cathedral, one can find Michel Colombe’s 16th century masterpiece. Commissioned by Anne of Brittany and made of white Carrara marble, it holds the remains of her forbearers, François II and Marguerite de Foix. Lastly, the golden case containing Anne of Brittany’s heart still belongs to the Musée Dobrée. A copy of the reliquary can be seen in the Château des ducs de Bretagne.
You’ll flip for them!
Of all the many indelible traces of Nantes’ affiliation to Brittany, cuisine is among the most noteworthy. In the cité des ducs, the vast array of excellent crêperies – often using organic and locally milled flour – will dazzle your tastebuds with their delicious crêpes and savoury galettes!
A stone’s throw from Mont Saint-Michel…
2 hours from Nantes, come discover this important pilgrimage site. Mont Saint-Michel is an experience in itself. The different stages of its construction have formed a unique architectural ensemble that has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1979. Take advantage of your trip to drive up along the coast towards Cancale and Saint-Malo, or stop in Rennes, the capital of Brittany... Go West!
The very first beaches and Breton islands
Born from the depths of the Gulf of Morbihan 2000 years ago, Vannes now presents the contrasting traces of its development that has long been based on its prosperous maritime commerce. From Vannes, discover the Gulf of Morbihan, its beaches and its islands: Arz, Île aux Moines… Visit Auray, Carnac and its megalithic site, all the way to Quiberon (departure to the islands: Belle-Île, Houat, Hoëdic), or head in the direction of the Rhuys Peninsula, the Port du Crouesty, the Château de Suscinio.