Estuaire the trail
the landscape, the art, the river
Set off from the town centre to see the 33 permanent installations of the “Estuaire” arts trail leading you all the way to the sea. In Nantes, Saint-Nazaire and on the 60kms of the Loire estuary that joins them together, this open-air museum will take you on a voyage of discovery through this fascinating land and the rich environmental heritage it holds.
All site are in open access and can be discovered by car, by foot, by bike and, every summer, by boat. The installations have been designed by today’s great artists: Daniel Buren, Atelier Van Lieshout, Gilles Clément, Jimmie Durham, Tatzu Nishi, Tadashi Kawamata, Ange Leccia, François Morellet, Mrzyk & Moriceau, Roman Signer, Felice Varini and featuring Erwin Wurm. A villa perched 15m up on a chimney stack, a soft-centered boat, a house in the river Loire that looks like it might sink… but won’t! Artist decorated bedrooms in an elegant stately home, and featuring a giant sea snake 120m long installed on the coast. Each one will lead you to a one-off spot or a remarkable place on the estuary.
A great day to experience with the family: the 2 ferry boat ride. You leave from Nantes to Indre and take the Loire ferries to cross from bank to bank. 56 km round trip: Nantes> La Montagne> Indret (ferry) Indre> Coueron (ferry) Le Pellerin> Indret (ferry) Indre> Nantes. Or you can take the train in Couëron to return to Nantes (33 km route).
Book your cruise
From April to October, departure from Nantes or Saint-Nazaire.
Take advantage of a river cruise to reach the point where the Loire runs into the ocean and see the estuary from the unique viewpoint of… the river: working docks, remarkable natural areas, and the Estuaire art installations communicating with their surroundings.