Nantes, in the west of France, traversed by the Loire River and close to the Atlantic, is well-known for the quality of life there. Nantes is a vibrant city, full of history, impressive monuments and cultural interests.

Between the Château des Ducs de Bretagne and the Machines de l’Île, between the Passage Pommeraye and the Creative Arts District, the city effortlessly balances tradition with modernity. Its easy living, historical heritage and cultural vitality are appreciated by tourists and visitors who increasingly find reasons to return.

Despite its deep roots in history, Nantes is resolutely looking to the future. The city prides itself on its commitment to green, eco-responsible progress and 100 per cent of its population lives within 300 metres of one of its 100 parks and gardens. It was named European Green Capital in 2013.

Stade de la Beaujoire has been the scene for many unforgettable concerts (Pink Floyd, U2, Johnny Hallyday, to name a few), while it left its mark on Rugby World Cup 2007 when Fiji stunned Wales 38-34 in their pool match to reach the quarter-finals, to the delight of the crowd. Will it again be the backdrop for more sensational upsets during Rugby World Cup 2023?

(Photo: Jean-Félix Fayolle – Nantes Métropole)