Located at the confluence of the Loire and Erdre rivers, the city of Nantes is the historic capital of Brittany. Nantes old town is a great place to wander around, offering walkers such sights as the Gothic Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul cathedral, the castle of the dukes of Brittany dating from the 15th century, the ancient Bouffay district and its timber-framed houses, buildings of the 18th and 19th centuries, the Fosse quay lining the Loire River, and shipowners' buildings on the Feydeau island... Not to be missed: Passage Pommeraye, a beautiful 19th-century shopping arcade.
The city is also popular with those who love parks, with a Japanese garden on Versailles island with waterfalls, and the Botanical Garden with numerous plants. Art and history fans are also catered for with a museum of fine art, natural history museum, and the museum of the dukes of Brittany castle dedicated to the history of Nantes. The Jules Verne museum, located in a residence dating from the 19th century, exhibits a large number of souvenirs of the famous writer born in Nantes.
With its lively programme of festivals, the city is also a good place for partying and entertainment.