Enchanting, Eclectic Experiences
Sail up the sweeping Loire estuary to a city that’s known for Renaissance, and reinvention. When the shipbuilding industry went bust in the 1980’s, Nantes embraced the quirky and eclectic, and invited all kinds of artists, architects, and inventors to create and captivate.
From the city center, it’s incredibly easy to get around. Keep an eye out for a thin green line painted on the road, which snakes through the city and takes you to must-see sights. For chic shopping, head to the Passage Pommeraye, a grand 19th century shopping arcade with elegant boutiques, handmade jewelry, and artisan chocolates.
On the left bank of the river, the ancient fishing village of Trentemoult feels suspended in time. Wander past colorful houses, and vibrant street art, and sample fresh, succulent seafood. The local specialty is monkfish served in sauce Nantais—a version of the classic beurre blanc. Other delicacies include Breton crepes and crisp Muscadet wine.
From Nantes, take a river cruise through the Loire Valley, where stunning chateaus once owned by French royalty sit on sloping hills surrounded by lush gardens. Be sure to stop by a vineyard (or two) and browse markets brimming with local cheese and charcuterie.