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Nantes: Discover a thriving artsy and cultural hub in western France

Nantes is a culturally, historically and creatively rich destination in western France. There are more than 950,000 inhabitants, making the thriving student and cultural hub the six-largest city in France. Nantes offers you a wealth of history, beautiful sights, and unforgettable activities. Top attractions include Jardin Des Plantes, the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, and Passage Pommeraye.

Prepare yourself to experience another one of France’s treasures, with cheap flights to Nantes, available for a limited time! Nantes is home to Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE), which is a 15-minute drive from the city centre of Nantes. Nantes Atlantique Airport serves multiple airlines, including Air Nostrum, KLM, and Iberia Express. Popular flights from Johannesburg and Cape Town to Nantes are available. The flight duration from Johannesburg is approximately 26 hours and 15 minutes.

Why visit Nantes

Elephant Machines Les Machines Nantes

Picturesque Scenery

Nantes is home to many spectacular settings, including the Buren Rings on the Island of Nantes and the breath-taking sights offered with the Grand Elephant at Les Machines De L’île!

Nantes Canal

Charming Locations

Have a rest after exploring the many landmarks in Nantes and fall in love with scenic places, such as the beautiful Japanese-inspired tea garden on Versailles Island.

Brittany Castles Nantes

Amazing Historical Wealth

Nantes was once the capital of the Duchy of Brittany during ancient times! Discover evidence of this with the many castles around the city, including the majestic Château des Ducs de Bretagne.

General information

Essential details you need to know before your trip

Country France
Currency Euro (EUR)
Exchange Rate 1 ZAR = 0.06 EUR
Language French
Hub Airport Nantes Atlantique Airport (NTE)
Airline Air France
Time Zone GMT + 1
Travel Adaptor Type E

Best time to visit Nantes

It rains to varying degrees in Nantes throughout the year. The summer (June-August) is the most popular time in the city when the price of accommodation is at its highest. If you wish to visit during this period and get the best weather conditions, make your booking well in advance so that you can get a good deal. The best time to visit Nantes when you can save on accommodation, enjoy good weather and skip most of the crowds, is September (early autumn). You can get the lowest prices on accommodation by visiting Nantes from November to January. But always be sure to book your flights and accommodation well ahead of your travel dates.

Weather & Climate in Nantes

Average temperature (°C) & rainfall (mm) per month

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Low °C 2°C 2°C 4°C 6°C 9°C 12°C 14°C 13°C 12°C 8°C 5°C 3°C
High °C 8°C 9°C 13°C 15°C 18°C 22°C 24°C 24°C 21°C 16°C 11°C 8°C
Rainfall (mm) 83 70 64 51 60 46 45 51 65 76 88 87

Nantes, the thriving student and cultural hub in the region of Brittany, is a charming and fascinating destination where you can discover yet another facet of France’s exceptional character.

Historically, Nantes was the capital of the Duchy of Brittany during the Middle Ages, and you can be sure to discover more about the city with numerous historic sites, castles and museums! Start with a tour through the city’s ancient centre, at the Château des Ducs de Bretagne (Castle of the Dukes of Brittany), which Francois II, one of the final rulers of the Breton people, founded during the 15th century.

Other amazing historical and iconic locations in Nantes include Feydeau Island, the Wallace Fountain at the Botanical Garden of Nantes, and the Buren Rings (a place you should visit at night, to see the rings all light up in different colours!).

Head west of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, and you’ll find yourself in Bouffay District, the historic quarter of Nantes. Explore the maze of winding streets and peruse all that the enticing local boutiques have to offer.

In the centre of Nantes is Place Royale, a sophisticated 18-century square. Nearby is the busy Rue Crébillion, a vibrant street with many shops and restaurants, as well as the Cours Cambronne square, which includes a small tree-lined park with benches.

Other gorgeous park spaces in Nantes include Beaujoire Park, Procé Park, Arboretum Cimetiere Parc, and Gaudiniere Park.

Of course, all this only gives you a taste of what Nantes has to offer. Get yourself there and discover everything else for yourself!

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You will need a Schengen visa to visit France. You can apply for this visa through CAPAGO.

Passports may not be older than 10 years, must have 2 blank pages and be valid for at least 3 months beyond your date of departure from the Schengen state.

For more information, find out how you can apply for your Schengen visa.

If there’s anything else you need to know, you can contact the French Embassy in Pretoria

Address: 250 Melk Street, Nieuw Muckleneuk, 0181

Phone: (+27) 012 425 1600

As always before travelling, make sure you’re up to date on all your routine vaccinations. These vaccines include those for measles-mumps-rubella, diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis, varicella (chickenpox), polio, as well as your yearly flu shot. You may also need to get vaccines for hepatitis A, hepatitis B, and rabies, but these depend on what your activities will be while staying in Nantes.

Nantes enjoys a high level of safety compared to that of most popular European cities. Police are reasonably visible, and TAN officials patrol the trams at night. Nevertheless, always practice caution, especially after dark. The European emergency number is 112.

Item Cape Town Johannesburg Nantes
Meal inexpensive restaurant R 120 R 130 R 210
Domestic beer (0.5 litre draught) R 30 R 29 R 82
Cappuccino (regular) R 26 R 27 R 33
Taxi 1km (normal tariff) R 10 R 15 R 33
Packet of cigarettes (Marlboro) R 40 R 45 R 131
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