Along the Quays of the Loire in Nantes

A visit to Nantes to stroll along the quays and visit the Memorial devoted to slavery and the casinos of the island

The starting point of the walk is located in the town centre of Nantes, it's not easy to get around by car and to find a parking lot in the centre of Nantes. Once you get there you can explore the island of Nantes with the famous mechanical animals (Les Machines de L'ile in French), you can also visit the slavery memorial. At the end of the walk you can head to the historic centre of Nantes to continue the tour.

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Difficulty: difficulty
Duration: 2 h.

The walkway

The walkway
To get to the island of Nantes take the pedestrian walkway in front of the Tribunal of Nantes.

The Loire

The Loire
Very nice view on the Loire River from the bridge.

The machines of the island

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The machines of the island
'The machines of the island (Machines de l’Île in French) are some huge machines inspired by the world of Jules Verne. There is "The big Elephant", "The Gallery of the Machines", "The carousel of the sailors" and ''The domestic prototype of the tree to the Herons''. it''s a very original concept gathering together a fair, an amusement park and a museum. You can take a ride on the back of an elephant or simply watch it walking. '

The hangar

The hangar
You can visit the main hangar for free.

The marine worlds carrousel

The marine worlds carrousel
A merry-go-round to educate people about the life in the ocean.

The branch of the tree of the Heron

The branch of the tree of the Heron
The prices of the attractions are quite expensive.

The Nantilus

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The Nantilus
The Nantilus is a restaurant moored on the banks of the Loire river, you will enjoy a very nice view on the Loire with a drink.

The Maillé-Brézé

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The Maillé-Brézé
On the other side of the Loire river you can see "The Maillé - Brézé" which is a former escort ship converted into a museum. It can be visited and the entrance fee is 9 euros.

Memorial of the abolition of slavery

Memorial of the abolition of slavery
Nantes was a port which participated in the trade slave. The Memorial of the slavery reminds of this time.

The signs about the slave trade

The signs about the slave trade
Nantes was the first French port for slavery.
Start of the walk (Google Maps)

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