Nantes

Flight time: 1 hour 10 mins*

Average temperatures: 6 to 20°C

Currency: Euro (‎€)

Time: GMT +1 hour

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Bienvenue to Nantes, the city of the Pays de la Loire. The 6th largest city in France, it’s a heady mix of transformed warehouse spaces, medieval quarters, exquisite chateaux and quirky art installations. Fly from Southampton airport and you can breeze through the terminal and enjoy the allure of the Loire in a little over an hour.

Set on the river, Nantes is a hotspot of arts, heritage and culture. Take in an opera at the Théâtre Graslin,visit the dramatic Palais de Justice and embrace the city’s history at the Château des Ducs . When it comes to its burgeoning art scene, Nantes is no slacker. See the amazing La Maison dans la Loire and take a ride on the Machines de l’Ile, there’s a big view to admire. Guided tours of the city run every weekend or you can simply escape to the beautiful countryside. The best way to explore this part of the Loire is by bike. Bring your own or hire one, the miles of windy lanes, pretty towns and rolling countryside speckled with relais and brasseries make it well worth the puff.

Getting there

Breeze through Southampton airport and jet off to Nantes Atlantique with Flybe. With a flight time of just over an hour, land and you’re about 12kms from the city centre.

Take the airport's shuttle bus which runs between the airport, train station and the city centre for about €7 per person. Pick up a taxi or your holiday hire car.

Top things to see and do

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*All flight times are average and will vary.