Travel and visit


Nantes is a city of western France famed for its quality of life. Settled on the banks of the mighty Loire River, 50 km from the Atlantic Ocean, it’s a kind of ‘surf and turf’ city that links bountiful agricultural lands with coastal areas. Named after a tribe of Ancient Gaul, it’s almost an understatement to say that the city has a long history. From the Place du Bouffay (Bouffay Square) in Old Nantes to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany to the Passage Pommeraye, historical landmarks abound in the city center.

Labeled a European Green Capital in 2013, Nantes is also home to lively art, culture and dining scenes. The Muscadet white wine produced here is a perfect match to the seafood caught along the neighboring coast. The bygone industrial heritage of the city can still be seen in the Machines of the Isle of Nantes, a splendid family-friendly attraction boasting undeniable creativity. Home city of Jules Verne, one of the most popular French science fiction writers, Nantes has a lot to seduce and surprise you.




Things to do in Nantes


Phare du Petit Minou
About 15 kilometers westward along the coastline from Brest is the scenic lighthouse Phare du Petit Minou. The structure itself is, unfortunately, no longer open to the public, but the premises are free to be explored, along with the nearby fort and bunker.

Useful Information
Address: Plouzane, France
Opening hours: 24/7


Castle of Brest
Once owned by Richard II of England, the castle is the city’s foremost landmark and oldest monument. The structure boasts more than 1,700 years of history and still serves as a military fortress today. The Navy Museum inside is certainly not to be missed.

Useful Information
Address: Château de Brest, Brest
Opening hours: 1st April - 30th September: 10.00am - 06.30pm. 1st October - 31st March: 01.30pm - 06.30pm.

One of the largest Ocean Discovery Parks in Europe, the Océanopolis has four pavilions – polar, temperate, tropical and biodiversity – that tell the story of the sea and marine life in different world climates. The park contains an impressive 7 shark species.

Useful Information
Address: Port de Plaisance du Moulin Blanc, Brest
Phone: +33 298 34 40 40

Naval Museum
This is a branch of the Naval Museum of Paris, home to an impressive collection of model replica ships from French fleets and paintings with nautical themes. Free audio guides are available. From the museum, some of the best views over the city unfold.

Useful Information
Address: Château de Brest, Brest
Opening hours: 1st April - 30th September: 10.00am - 06.30pm. 1st October - 31st March: 01.30pm - 06.30pm.


The Tanguy Tower
A must-see attraction - the Tanguy Tower - houses a collection of various exhibits including artefacts and maps that recount the history of Brest. The tower itself is a medieval structure dating back to the 14th century (however, its true origins remain unknown).

Useful Information
Address: Square Pierre Péron, Brest
Opening hours: October - May: Wednesday - Thursday: 02.00pm - 05.00pm. Weekend: 02.00pm - 06.00pm. June -September: daily: 10.00am - 12.00pm, then 02.00pm - 07.00pm.



Tour Information

Brest Bretagne - Airport
Brest Bretagne Airport is situated just a few kilometres from the city centre. A shuttle bus runs between the train station and the airport daily, stopping at Saint-Luc and the Place de la Liberté next to the tourist information office. The Shuttle takes 10 min to Saint-Luc and 14 min to Place de la Liberté. The first shuttle leaves the train station at 06.00.

Useful Information
Address: Aéroport Brest Bretagne, Guipavas
Phone: +33 298 32 86 00


Public Transport
A public bus service links all parts of Brest to one another, and a train service is available from the central station for trips further afield. The main station for both is in the Place due 19eme RI.
Public transportation tickets may be bought at ticket vending machines with either cash or card; day tickets with unlimited rides are available and may be a good idea for a full day of sightseeing.

Useful Information
Address: Place due 19eme, Brest
Phone: Train service: +33 36 35 / Bus service: + 33 810 81 00 29


Taxis are available from outside the airport and the bus and rail stations.

Allo Taxi Brest
+33 298 42 11 11

Aux Taxis Radios Brestois
+33 298 80 18 01

Allo association artisans taxis Brestois
+33 899 87 67 16

Yellow post boxes can be found throughout the city.

La Poste:
Useful Information
Address: 90 Rue de Siam, Brest
Opening hours: Mon-Wed & Fri 9am-6pm, Thurs 10am-6pm, Sat 9am-12pm
Phone: +33 298 33 37 30


Pharmacies are recognised by a large green cross outside the premises and are generally open 9am to 1pm and from around 2pm - 7pm daily, except Sunday. A list of emergency pharmacies is displayed on the front window.

Pharmacie Marzin Monguillon
39 Rue Louis Pasteur, Brest
+33 2 98 44 24 91

Centre Commercial Coat Ar Guéven
50 Rue Jean Jaurès, Brest
+33 2 98 44 37 00

Useful Information
Phone: Dial 112 or 15 (local number) in the event of an medical emergency


Country code: +33
Area code: (0) 2 98


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