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Saint Malo - Tour & rempart

Nantes

Les Machines de l'île
Les Machines de lîle © Jean-Dominique Billaud

Les Machines de l'île

A heron with an 8-metre (16-foot) wingspan whisks passengers high up into the treetops. Real vegetation grows alongside the forest’s mechanical plants and animals. In this bestiary of mechanized fauna, these living machines invite you to dream and travel.

Address: Les Machines de l’île, Parc des Chantiers, Boulevard Léon Bureau 44 200 Nantes
Telephone: 0810 12 12 25 (within France)

Château des ducs de Bretagn
Château des ducs de Bretagne © Martin Argyroglo

Château des ducs de Bretagne

The Castle of the dukes of Brittany is home to Nantes’s history museum (Le musée d’histoire de Nantes) which holds temporary exhibitions all year round. Between two exhibitions, why not take a ride on the giant slide outside its ramparts!

Address: 4, place Marc Elder, 44000 Nantes
Telephone: 0811 464 644 (within France)

Plan Guide Vignoble 2018
Plan Guide Vignoble 2018 © Gregg Brehin

Vineyards

In the heart of these vineyards, panoramic views and wine tastings, an itinerary has been created for you. The different stops of this route through Nantes’s wine-growing region alternate between sumptuous landscapes and wine tours. Whatever your means of transportation, so many cellars and estates await you, where passionate winegrowers will introduce you to the great wine that is Muscadet.

Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 54 02 95 (Clisson Tourism Office)
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 36 35 87 (Vallet Tourism Office)

Belvédère de l'Hermitage © Jean-Dominique BILLAUD
Belvédère de l'Hermitage © Jean-Dominique BILLAUD

Belvédère de l'Hermitage

It’s time to rise above it all and climb to the top of Butte Sainte-Anne hill, where Tadashi Kawamata’s belvedere offers one of the best views of Nantes. Thrills are guaranteed as you walk along this 36-metre long permanent artwork, 10 metres of which are 20 metres above ground-level!

Address: Butte Sainte-Anne, 44200 Nantes

Chambre Mercure Nantes Centre Grand Hôtel © J-D Billaud
Chambre Mercure Nantes Centre Grand Hôtel © J-D Billaud

Artist-designed hotel rooms

Art is everywhere in Nantes – even in your own hotel room! This summer, come and discover these colourful lodgings. Le Voyage à Nantes and the city’s hotels have joined forces to create a permanent collection of rooms designed by artists: 13 artists have added their unique touch to turn your nights into creative, artistic, and one-of-a-kind experiences.

Telephone: 0892 464 044 (within France)

Viva Las Vegas! - Par Quentin Faucompré, Olivier Texier et Pascal Lebrain
Viva Las Vegas! - Quentin Faucompré, Olivier Texier et Pascal Lebrain

Les Rigolettes Nantaises

It was right here in Nantes – landmark city of French confectionery! – that the “Rigolettes Nantaises” were created in 1902 by confectioner Charles Bohu. With its traditional fruit-pulp sweets, it’s a great place to stop while admiring the strange shop signs revisited by artists.

Address: 18 rue de Verdun, 44000 Nantes
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 48 00 39

Quai des plantes - Guinguette des 40 pieds @lvan
Quai des plantes - Guinguette des 40 pieds
@lvan

La Guinguette « 40 pieds »

This guinguette (riverside café) is in the middle of a garden nursery, right next to the Loire. Original, n’est-ce pas? In the summer, come have a drink and dance among the plants!

Address: Maillé Brézé, Quai de la Fosse, 44000 Nantes
Telephone: 07 82 26 02 87

Quai du village de Trentemoult. Rezé (Loire-Atlantique) © Jean-Dominique Billaud
Quai du village de Trentemoult. Rezé (Loire-Atlantique) © Jean-Dominique Billaud

La Guinguette de Trentemoult

Cross the Loire with the Navibus public ferry and rest your haunches at the bar-restaurant Guinguette de Trentemoult.

Address: Trentemoult, 20 Quai Marcel Boissard, 44400 Rezé
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 75 88 96

Château de la Frémoire © Philippe Piron _ LVAN
Château de la Frémoire © Philippe Piron

Château de la Frémoire

And why not take advantage of a sunny weekend and enjoy a lunch or dinner of lobster and Muscadet wine along the Sèvre Nantaise river? A local chef will cook up his/her original take on cuisine in this stunning setting!

Address: Vignoble de Nantes – Vertou, Château de la Frémoire
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 80 14 90

Le Voyage à Nantes © Martin Argyroglo
Le Voyage à Nantes © Martin Argyroglo

Le Voyage à Nantes

July – August 2021
Every summer, Le Voyage à Nantes offers visitors a poetic and sensorial itinerary throughout the city, inviting artists, creatives, architects and more to express themselves in urban spaces.

Claude Ponti, Le Jardin déjante @ Ville de Nantes
Claude Ponti, Le Jardin déjante
© Ville de Nantes

Jardin des plantes

One of Nantes’ many oases, the Jardin des Plantes is both a scientific garden – with its greenhouses composed of plants from equatorial forests – and a garden for relaxing, with play areas dreamt up by artists such as Jean Jullien. Stop at the Café de l’Orangerie and enjoy the park in all its beauty.

Address: Rue Ecorchard (across from the Central train station) 44000 NANTES

Ping-pong park (Loop) © Franck Tomps
Ping-pong park (Loop)
© Franck Tomps

Permanent collection of Le Voyage à Nantes – Ping Pong Park

Off-the-wall, surprising and often playful, the 118 artworks that make up Le Voyage à Nantes await you along the green line drawn throughout the city’s streets. Why not stop for a game of ping-pong here while you discover “la ligne verte”?

LITTLE ATLANTIQUE BREWERY © David Gallard _ Clack
LITTLE ATLANTIQUE BREWERY © David Gallard

Little Atlantique Brewery

Little Atlantique Brewery is a micro-brewery located in the Bas-Chantenay neighbourhood on the banks of the Loire in an historical building dating back to the 19th century. It can be found in the heart of the working-class district where Jules Verne grew up, and whence the scent of malt and hops once drifted from the Brasseries de la Meuse.

Address: 23 Boulevard de Chantenay, 44100 Nantes

Saint-Nazaire

La plage de monsieur Hulot

The influence of Jacques Tati’s Monsieur Hulot can be felt on this charming restaurant patio. Grab a seat overlooking the sea and share delicious items from the chef’s menu, with its homemade fare. Whether seated in the main room with its panoramic view, or on the wooden patio with your feet in the sand, you’ve got a front-row seat to the show!

Address: 37 Rue du Commandant Charcot, 44600 Saint-Nazaire
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 91 76 17

Le Bar Iodé

Le Bar Iodé is located on Place du Commando, offering a pristine view of Saint-Nazaire beach that you can enjoy with family or friends. This restaurant specializes in the freshest fish and seafood from Finistère fish markets, which you can enjoy on the patio or in the air-conditioned interior.

Address: Place du Commando, 44600 Saint-Nazaire
Telephone: +33 (0)6 62 80 09 82

EscalAtlantic©VBauza
Vincent Bauza Photographe

Escal’Atlantic

Escal’Atlantic takes you across the Atlantic… well, almost. Somewhere between a guided tour and a voyage, this immersive visit will take you through the fascinating history of legendary ocean liners, offering an unforgettable experience for the whole family.

Address: Boulevard de la Légion d’Honneur, 44600 Saint-Nazaire
Telephone: +33 (0)2 28 54 06 40

Saint-Nazaire - Felice Varini © Martin Argyroglo
© Martin Argyroglo

Suite de Triangles de Felice Varini

Come and experience Felice Varini’s artwork in Saint-Nazaire. Using a technique called anamorphosis, which allows a shape to be recomposed from a single point of view, he has created a monumental work that seamlessly blends with the industrial port.

Address: Panoramic terrace of the fortified lock, Port Autonome de Nantes, 44600 Saint-Nazaire

Croisière Estuaire NantesSaint-Nazaire (La Maison dans la Loire - Jean-Luc Courcoult, Couëron) © Adrien Pasquier / LVAN
La Maison dans la Loire - Jean-Luc Courcoult, Couëron © Adrien Pasquier

Estuaire Cruise

All aboard for an artistic adventure ! With the Estuaire Nantes <> Saint-Nazaire cruises it is possible to discover the Estuaire collection of contemporary art works from a one-of-a-kind perspective!

Address: Gare Maritime, Quai Ernest Renaud, 44100 Nantes
Telephone: 0 892 464 044 (in France)

Plage de Porcé
Plage de Porcé à Saint-Nazaire © Alexandre Lamoureux

Plage de Porcé

This easily accessible beach is a still a bit of a secret… Located between Saint-Marc and Saint-Nazaire, it is possible to spend an afternoon in this pleasant setting, surrounded by rocky cliffs.

Address: 1 Chemin de la Plage, 44600 Saint-Nazaire

Ptit'Naz @Wphotographie
Ptit'Naz @Wphotographie

GM chocopat

This local chocolaterie offers a speciality called “Le P’tit Naz”. You can enjoy this heavenly chocolate pastry on the beach, just a few metres from the boutique. 

Address: 3 Rue de la Paix, 44600 Saint-Nazaire
Telephone: +33 (0)2 40 61 65 77

Rennes

Martin Parr Collection. UNITED ARAB EMIRATES. Dubai. Autoportrait. 2007.

PARRATHON, Martin Parr retrospective

13 June 2020 – 24 January 2021
Le Frac Bretagne presents the world premiere retrospective of Martin Parr’s PARRATHON. Designed by the artist and produced by the agency Magnum Photos in collaboration with Fovearts, this exhibition returns to his obsessions, his taste for kitsch and overabundance, and his intuitive and critical gaze on our society – which he never judges too harshly… There is no shortage of his off-kilter images, with their hints of derision and irony, candy box colours and surprising perspectives!

Address: 19 avenue André Mussat, 35000 Rennes

Marché des lices
Bruno MAZODIER

Marché des Lices

Brittany’s biggest market, the Marché des Lices brings together hundreds of farmers, incredible culinary wealth, and an endless array of specialties, including the legendary galette saucisse – a sausage-in-a-galette!

Address: 3 Place du Bas des Lices, 35000 Rennes

Canoe along the Vilaine River

A modern journey through a historic land means visiting the ocean and estuaries – but also the region’s rivers! Continue your experience of Rennes by canoeing in the Vallée de la Vilaine.

Address: Le Boël, 35580 PONT REAN
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 42 28 95

Street art tour

Art is everywhere! In museums, galleries – but also in the street! This freedom of expression is revelatory of Rennes’ identity. Guided tours can be booked through the tourism office.

Address: Destination Rennes – Office de Tourisme, Place Sainte-Anne, 35000 RENNES
Telephone: 08 91 67 35 35 (in France)

Le Carré

In the Hôtel du Molant’s unique setting by Place des Lices, Charles Compagnon and his team invite you to enjoy a gourmet experience. Chef Stéphane Lefeuvre offers his guests market-fresh cuisine inspired by the best that the sea has to offer.

Address: 34 Place des Lices, 35000 Rennes
Telephone: +33 (0)2 23 40 21 21

Les Toqués de l’été

July – August 2021
The Mythos Festival and Le MeM have joined forces to welcome the merry staff from Les Toqués. The region’s best chefs combine their talents to offer you unforgettable meals.

Address: Route de Sainte Foix La Piverdière, 35000 Rennes
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 30 70 70

Creperie Saint Georges_Photo-Bruno-MAZODIER
Creperie Saint Georges
© Bruno MAZODIER

Crêperie Saint-Georges

Located in the historic centre of Rennes, this restaurant is heaven on earth for lovers of traditional or original sweet and savoury crêpes.

Address: 11 rue du Chapitre 35000 Rennes
Telephone : +33 (0)2 99 38 87 04

Hall Le Nemours
Hall
Hôtel de Nemours

Hôtel de Nemours

Located in the heart of downtown, the entirely renovated Hôtel de Nemours invites you to discover its 41 rooms where comfort and refinement are perfectly paired.

Address: 5 rue de Nemours 35000 Rennes
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 78 26 26

Le Saint Antoine Hotel & Spa

Its minimal décor, calm atmosphere, and custom-tailored service make this hotel the ideal pied-à-terre for your stay in Rennes.

Address: 27 Avenue Jean Janvier, 35000 Rennes
Telephone: +33 (0)2 23 44 33 33

Le Magic Hall

With its rock ‘n’ roll atmosphere, Le Magic Hall is one of Rennes’ best hotels. Its singular musical universe also hosts concerts by local groups!

Address: 17 Rue de la Quintaine, 35000 Rennes
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 66 21 83

Saint-Malo

Saint-Malo - parcours Traversée moderne d'un vieux pays © Alexandre Lamoureux
© Alexandre Lamoureux

Guided tour of fortification walls

Surrounded by 2 km of ramparts, the city of Saint-Malo can be described as a fortified cocoon. What the locals call a “tour of the walls” is a must-visit walking tour of the ramparts where you can enjoy views of both the city and the open sea! Simultaneously medieval, maritime, and truly authentic, this stroll offers a dose of pure, pristine nature. Make sure to stop and contemplate the magnificent stone facades that have braved the tribulations of war and the passage of time, which have long since replaced the wooden façades used in the 18th century.

Address: Saint-Malo Intra-Muros, 35400 Saint-Malo

Epices Roellinger - Cancale
©eBerthier

Les épices Roellinger

Spices from Les épices Roellinger offer a palette of flavours and a unique savoir-faire that embody the exotic climes we all love to rediscover. Their shops are present in different cities along the coast of Brittany, and you can find the Roellinger Family’s array of products in Saint-Malo, Cancale and Dinard.

Address: See website for shops where to buy them
Telephone: +33 (0)2 23 15 13 91

© Malouinière de la Ville Bague
© Malouinière de la Ville Bague

Malouinière de la Ville-Bague

This shipbuilder’s home, built in 1710 by Garangeau, Vauban’s architect, for the Eon de la Villebague family. Come discover this stunning residence, its chapel, its dove house, its pools and its magnificent park, and explore the history of these Messieurs of Saint-Malo!

Address: La Ville-Bague, 35350 Saint-Coulomb
Telephone: +33 (0)6 99 40 18 79

Balades en mer - 2017
©aLamoureux

Saint-Malo <> Dinard

Full speed ahead! There is nothing like the bus de mer (or, “sea bus”) between Saint-Malo and Dinard to discover the most magnificent view of the fortified city, the sumptuous villas of Dinard, and the mouth of the Rance River. 

Address: Compagnie Corsaire, Gare Maritime, Porte de Dinan, 35400 Saint-Malo
Telephone: 0 825 13 81 00 (in France)

© SETH, A cappella

SETH, A cappella

11 July – 1 November 2020                             

Tireless traveller and painter, privileged witness of the changing world… Seth invites us to discover his artistic universe through fifty works, and the fruit of many years of creative activity. Approaching walls as if they were blank pages, he draws inspiration from individual or collective imaginations. He often plays with images of child-like innocence placed in harsh social, political and geographical contexts. This approach is dual: these urban paintings alert onlookers to the current state of the world while urging them to push it forward.

Address: Chapelle Saint-Sauveur, rue Saint-Sauveur, 35400 Saint-Malo

© Autour du Beurre - Thomas Pellan
© Autour du Beurre - Thomas Pellan

Bistro Autour du Beurre

Come and discover a cuisine that is both instinctive and masterful, where Beurre Bordier butter meets seasonal produce. This unique space is teeming with history and mixes brut materials, contemporary design, a bric-à-brac, and a creamery.

Address: 7 rue de l’Orme – St Malo Intra-Muros
Telephone: +33 (0)2 23 18 25 81

© Maison des Armateurs (1)
© Maison des Armateurs

La Maison des Armateurs

Steeped in the city’s seafaring atmosphere, located right in the heart of Saint-Malo’s historical centre a few steps from the cathedral, La Maison des Armateurs combines comfort, modernity and charm. It is ideally located to fully enjoy the city’s cobblestoned lanes and visit everything on foot, including a tour of the ramparts and Plage de Sillon beach…

Address: 6 Grand Rue, 35400 Saint-Malo
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 40 87 70

© Le Grand Bé - Antoine Chaumet (1)
© Le Grand Bé - Antoine Chaumet

Le Grand Bé

Just a stone’s throw from Bon-Secours beach, four-star hotel Le Grand Bé offers a contemporary touch to the rough-hewn heart of Saint-Malo inside its fortifications. The stones that have been the very fabric of the city for generations now house a unique living space that is contemporary, open and warm. Both cosmopolitan and profoundly malouin, Le Grand Bé is more than a hotel – it is an absolute experience of the “corsair city”.

Address: 1 Place des Frères Lamennais, 35400 Saint-Malo
Telephone: +33 (0)2 23 18 99 90

© Atelier de la crêpe
© Atelier de la crêpe

L’Atelier de la crêpe

One cannot go to Saint-Malo without trying a crêpe and galette from L’Atelier de la crêpe. Both a school and restaurant, this institution loves sharing the quality of its savoir-faire

Address: 25 Quai Duguay-Trouin, 35400 Saint-Malo
Telephone: +33 (0)2 23 17 41 07

© Oceania St Malo site web
Hôtel Oceania Saint-Malo 4 étoiles

Hotel Océania Saint-Malo

Enjoy the exceptional setting offered by Hôtel Océania Saint-Malo. Luxury, design, and a breathtaking view of the ocean… The entire hotel is an invitation to well-being – with a spa and an indoor poor to top it all off. While contemplating the sea, time stands still…

Address: 2 Rue Joseph Loth Chaussée du Sillon 35400 Saint-Malo
Telephone: +33 (0)2 99 56 84 84

Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Le Mont-Saint-Michel - parcours Traversée moderne d'un vieux pays © Franck Tomps / LVAN
Le Mont-Saint-Michel © Franck Tomps

Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel

Mont-Saint-Michel’s abbey represents one of the most remarkable examples of medieval-era religious and military architecture. From its rocky outcrop, the abbey also offers a unique view of Mont-Saint-Michel Bay in all its immensity.

Address: Abbaye du Mont-Saint-Michel, 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel

Mère Poulard
Restaurant de la mère Poulard

La Mère Poulard

Come discover traditional French cuisine with La Mère Poulard and her legendary omelettes. While you’re here, why not have a one-of-a-kind experience by spending the night on Mont-Saint-Michel, where you can quietly appreciate the site in all its splendour?

Address: BP 18 Grande Rue, 50170 Le Mont-Saint-Michel
Telephone: +33 (0)2 33 89 68 68

Destination Saint-Malo Baie du Mont Saint-Michel
Saint Nazaire Renversante
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