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Nantes, Pays-de-la-Loire

Nantes, Pays-de-la-Loire,France

Nantes is the sixth largest city of France, located inland from the Atlantic coast on the Loire River. It is also the most important city of the historic province of Brittany, and culturally still remains strongly identified with it. Nantes is rich in history. It was conqured by Julius Caesar, invaded by the Saxons, then the Britons and finally the Normans. Historically, the country around Nantes has always been seen as being part of Brittany. In 1207, the Dukes of Brittany made Nantes their home, building the famous Château des Ducs de Bretagne on the banks of the Loire. Most of the dukes and duchesses are buried in either the castle or the nearby abbey. The city was the slave trade capital of France, a key player in the French Revolution. Nantes was occupied by the Germans during WWII, then liberated by the Americans in 1944.

Nantes has plenty of gay friendly hotels, country style inns, and traditional bed and breakfast accommodations for the gay and lesbian traveler. Amenities offered range from the simple to deluxe and rates vary to meet most budgets. If traveling in the summer months, it is best to book your accommodation in advance, as Nantes is a popular destination for the French, and international travelers.

One of the great joys of visiting France, is savoring regional food and wine specialties. Nantes is no different. The region's vineyards produce Muscadet and Gros Plant wines, both are excellent with fish and seafood. There is nothing quite like a dozen freshly harvested locally oysters enjoyed with a chilled local Muscadet. The local cheese, fromage du curé nantais, was developed by a priest near Nantes and is a local delicacy. As you would expect, Nantes is brimming with fine restaurants, café’s and bars ranging from the simple to the truly gastronomic!

Because of it’s distance from the coast, Nantes has generally cool winters and mild summers, with rain falls at least once a week. This makes Nantes a temperate city, though winters can be cold and summers hot, especially during the month of July. Nantes is also a center for horticulture and the city contains many beautiful parks and gardens. A fine arboretum, the Jardin des Plantes, contains several collections of rare plants spread over the park’s 18 acres. There are also many museums and lively arts and music festivals held throughout the year.

The historic center of Nantes is easily walkable or you can just hop a tram to get around. When visiting the city, one highly recommended trip starts with lunch at La Cocotte in Verre on the Ile de Versailles. Then after a short walk to the docking station of the Bateux Nantais, board a riverboat for a relaxing tour down the Erdre River, with famous chateaus lining both sides of the river.

Other ‘must see’ attractions include the Gothic Cathedral of Saints Peter and Paul begun in 1434 but not completed until the end of the 19th century. The famous Château des Ducs reopened in 2008 following extensive restoration.

The Place du Commerce, a largely pedestrian area, offers a good variety of restaurants. Passage Pommeraye is a passage between two streets, the rue Santeuil and rue de la Fosse dating from 840, that now contain boutique shops and traditional French cafés.

The Museum and the birthplace of Jules Verne, author of “Around the World in 80 days”, “20,000 Leagues under the Sea” and “The Time Machine” contains multimedia exhibits. The Musée des Beaux-arts is a the highly celebrated fine arts museum built around an airy courtyard and features works ranging from the Italian Primitives to contemporary artists.

So, if you are looking for
relaxation in the French style, great wining and dining, culture, art, stunning buildings and gardens, then Nantes, Pays-de-la-Loire has lots for the gay and lesbian traveler to enjoy.

Nantes Gay and Lesbian Hotels, Inns, and Guest Houses

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