Four cities of the West leave the regional borders out and assemble their historical and contemporary heritage, as well as artistic and gastronomic, architectural and natural… From the Atlantic ocean to the Channel, between land and sea, live the « modern crossing of an old territory », through unknown treasures, secret beaches, natural landscapes, great exhibitions, and great tips to discover differently this land.
Use a « visit pass » to enjoy included entrances or discounts on several sites, museums, for special events and shows in Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, Rennes, Saint Malo and at the Mont Saint Michel, from June to November.
Street by street, from the Château des Ducs de Bretagne to the Passage Pommeraye, and from the Musée d’arts to the Galerie des Machines, Nantes reveals its historical, architectural and artistic riches. Nantes bubbles and sparkles and will surprise you with its vibrancy and its capacity to reinvent and renew itself. To discover the city of dukes is to make the most of an exceptional heritage, where plant life lives side by side with urban development, where the artistic trail amazes with its contemporary installations and where public friendly spaces are reachable on foot and by bike.
In Nantes, live the unique experience of « Les Machines de l’île », a totally unprecedented project. Some strange machines came to populate the Island of Nantes, as the Great elephant, the Manta Ray, the Sea Snake and of all kinds of other incredible inventions. These uncommon machines were born from the hands of 2 constructors and come to life before the public’s eyes. A product of 2 creator’s collective imagination, it is the only place where you’ll find a mix of Jules Verne’s Invented Worlds, the mechanical universe of Leonardo da Vinci, and Nantes’ industrial history, all on the exceptional site of the city’s former shipyards.
The city of Saint-Nazaire was born with its port, 150 years ago. The docks of the submarine base and the district of Penhoët, a few blocks away from the shipbuilding yard – one of the largest, oldest still in activity and most innovating in the world.
Saint-Nazaire is also tinged with a “Belle Epoque” style heritage, beaches and creeks, headlands and cliffs, a coastal path of several kilometres and a beautiful promenade along seashore, just next to the city centre.
With its city centre filled with traditional half-timbered houses, the parliament of Brittany, the Thabor garden and modern architectural structures built by Jean Nouvel or Christian de Portzamparc, Brittany’s capital is a multifaceted metropole.
A gourmet destination, where chefs revisit Brittany’s local market products. A cheerful city, with a unique cultural flow and a festival each week, exhibitions and alternative cultural places to discover.
Waves, winds and tides shape the contours of the corsair city. In Saint-Malo, everything is turned to horizons that tell adventurous stories and conquests, about glorious people like the privateer Robert Surcouf, the navigator Jacques Cartier or the writer Chateaubriand, all born in Saint Malo.
The facades and towers emerging from the fortifications give to the town a unique outline. The rampart walk offers breath-taking views. The beaches of Saint-Malo are so long and wide, that they seem limitless. Here, the tide movement is a fascinating phenomenon that one never gets tired of.
Le Mont-Saint-Michel :
The famous Mont-Saint-Michel, listed as World Heritage by UNESCO, is to be discovered in the late afternoon, when the visitor’s crowds are leaving. Then, this exceptional monument finds again peace and its streets, passages, ramparts and roofs are to be seen. The panorama on the bay appears and reminds that the site becomes again an island surrounded by the sea, after each great tide.
At the summit of the mount, the abbey is an architectural masterpiece and one of the greatest medieval pilgrimage centre in Europe. Staying one night on the Mont Saint Michel is a once in a lifetime and out of time experience, one of the highlights of your journey.