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Nantes is France’s sixth-largest city and Brittany’s largest town. It’s known as a university haven, so many travellers on Nantes flights are students. In fact, it was the town’s students who aptly named the busiest street in Nantes Rue de la Soif (street of thirst). The students in Nantes keep the city young and vibrant and add to the culture and energy of the city.
Nantes is built on the largest island in the Loire Valley’s château country. The town welcomes travellers by boat, train and plane and it is one of France’s major seaport capitals. Visitors booking flights to Nantes enter a town oozing with knowledge thanks to its thousands of eager students and high-tech industries that provide economic stability for Nantes.
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Summers in Nantes are warm with temperatures reaching the mid 20s (Celsius). Winters are mild, and temperatures range from about zero to 10 degrees. Spring through autumn are the most popular times to visit Nantes.
To travel smartly within Nantes, buy yourself a “Pass Nantes,” which works on all public transport, including buses and trams. If you’re there for longer than a week, it’s probably worthwhile buying a monthly tram pass. Validate your passes on the bus to avoid a fine.
You can also rent a bike from Velocampus, a local rental company, which includes a tyre pump, maps for trails, and tickets to place on illegally parked cars. And if that isn’t enough, there are also river ferries and taxis to help you get around.
If you book a flight to Nantes, you will be flying into Nantes Atlantique, which is the city’s only airport. Nantes Atlantique (NTE) is located 8.3 km from the centre of Nantes.