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Vacation rentals in Nantes
While many believe that Nantes is part of Brittany, it's actually located in the Pays de la Loir region. However, its proximity to Brittany (and historical connection to that part of the country) makes Nantes a very intriguing blend of two cultures. A vacation rental in Nantes makes it easy to get to know this northwestern city; your accommodations here will become a home away from home!
Life in Nantes
Nantes is first and foremost a university city, making it a young, youthful city with lots of things to do and lots of cheap apartments – perfect for a quick stay to get to know the city! The Jardin des Plantes or botanical garden is a lovely place to wander and spend an afternoon. If shopping is more your style, don't miss a wander down Rue Crebillon. Those interested in the history of Nantes will appreciate visiting the home of Nantes native, the famous novelist Jules Verne. Vacation homes in Nantes allow you to pretend to be a contemporary of Verne for a day; relax and soak up the echo of his genius.
Art in Nantes
Nantes is home to several museums that will be of interest to art lovers. While on your holiday, be sure to visit the Beaux-Arts or Fine Arts Museum, which contains a lovely selection of work spanning from the Middle Ages through contemporary, all housed within the stunning building. And for a bit more of a journey, don't miss the Ile de Nantes, a large island located in the Loire River itself. The island contains some beautiful modern architecture as well as a famous exhibit called Les Machines de l'Ile and is definitely worth a visit; the old boat hangars were converted to welcome futuristic machines, seemingly inspired by the futuristic writings of Verne himself. A delight for both adults and children. With so much to see, it's no wonder you'll want to seek out house rentals or apartments in Nantes to take full advantage of your surroundings.
Architecture in Nantes
Throughout Nantes, you will have the opportunity to take in architecture from a wide variety of periods. While Nantes boasts some modern architecture, it also is home to a medieval old town and typically 19th century mansions that you can explore. Nantes' heart, both historically and architecturally, is the Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne, the castle of the Dukes of Brittany that gave Nantes its historical link to the nearby region. You can still discover the 13th century chateau and explore its historical significance in the history of Nantes and in France, for example as the site of the Edict of Nantes that ended the Wars of Religion. You can also visit the gothic Cathedral of Saint Peter and Saint Paul, a gem of medieval architecture with modern stained glass windows. Be sure to take the time to visit the tomb of King François II inside the cathedral itself. If you search, you may even find rooms for rent in some of Nantes' architectural marvels.