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Discover Nantes

Nantes is an Atlantic port city on the estuary of the river Loire. Over the last 20 years, Nantes has been one of the three top French cities in terms of cultural, economic and demographic development.
  • A young and attractive city

With 600 000 inhabitants, Nantes is the 6th urban area in France and the 3d urban area for its demographic growth, estimated at 100 000 new inhabitants by 2030.
Nantes is one of the youngest urban area in France: 2 out of 3 inhabitants are under 40 years old and 36% of the population is under 25 years old.

  • Leading economic area in Western France

Nantes is also the leading economic area in Western France, with 25 100 companies and 275 000 jobs.
This stems from both traditional sectors (naval and aeronautic construction and services) and innovative sectors (composites, biotechnologies, ICTs, creative and cultural industries).

  • The Titan crane
  • The ’’Petite Amazonie’’, a protected humide area close to the city centre
  • Les Anneaux - Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain
  • The Petite Géante’s lillipputians in Nantes, 2011
  • The entrance of the Memorial of Slavery
  • Coming from Mexico, Xolo, the dog of Royal de Luxe, explored Nantes in 2011
  • The Manny building in the Quartier de la Création
  • The Jardin des Plantes greenhouse
  • The Elephant in the urban jungle
  • The Quartier de la Création in constant evolution: the Halles Alstom project
  • Neto Exhibition at the Fine Arts Museum
  • Nantes European Green Capital 2013: the aéroflorale landed in Turin

Nantes, the city where everything is possible

Thanks to its cultural liveliness, its natural environment and its policies to encourage social cohesion, Nantes Métropole strives to achieve a high quality of life for every citizen.

  • Creativity: from Jules Verne to the Creative Cluster

The birthplace of Jules Verne is still today a centre of imagination and creativity: discover the Elephant, the creative cluster Quartier de la Création on the Ile de Nantes, the Lieu Unique, the brand new music complex La Fabrique and much more places, where every citizen can be inspired and get involved.

  • Sustainable development and quality of life

Beyond being an active and political partner in international climate negotiations, Nantes has a century-long history of botanical gardens and public parks. Being the Green Capital 2013 will enhance our aim to encourage all citizens to contribute to sustainability and climate actions.

  • Territorial and social cohesion

For Nantes, high quality accessible local public services, that facilitate citizens’ everyday life and foster their involvement in city life, are essential to social cohesion.

A new way to discover Nantes !

Launched in April 2015, the "Use-it" map of Nantes stands for no-nonsense tourist info for young people, made by young locals from testimonies collected from the inhabitants of Nantes. Gathered on a map with original design, all the information is dedicated to young travelers from all backgrounds. Through the vision of the people, the map reveals to travelers the secrets and symbols of the city, habits and local tips.

The "Use-it" Nantes map is part of a European initiative that counts numerous maps of European cities.

Practical information

> View the map online
> Facebook Page
> The Use-it network

A Journey To Nantes

Discover Nantes, the city turned upside down by the art, thanks to an annual event between contemporary art and cultural heritage.

A Journey to Nantes on the web