Life in Nantes

An eclectic mix of scenery and heritage, a dynamic and diverse cultural life and a quality of life that has earned it the title of European Green Capital, Nantes regularly tops the rankings of the best French cities to live in.


Nantes: art in the city
You can be guided from a work of art in a public space to a remarkable piece of heritage, from shop signs redesigned by artists to an example of contemporary architecture. All you have to do is follow a green line on the ground to discover all the unmissable art on display in this cultural initiative. Each summer, the trail is revived and expanded with temporary or permanent artworks installed in public spaces.

Nantes: a rapidly expanding metropolis
The 6th largest city in France, Nantes Métropole is made up of 24 districts covering 523 km2 and has a population of 609,000. It is the second leading urban area in France in terms of job growth and has been chosen to lead Eurocities, a network that defends the interests of cities in dialogue with the European institutions.

"Nantes: the loopiest city in France" said The Sunday Times, fascinated by its unique cultural identity. True to its motto "Neptune favors the brave", the city has always been open to all forms of artistic creation.

A pioneering green city, bicycle-friendly, smart and digital, Nantes also has a rich artistic, architectural, historical and gastronomic heritage.

Sports enthusiasts, sea and plant lovers, music lovers, gourmets, curious minds and poets... No one is immune to the charm of the city that inspired Jules Verne and the creators of the famous Machines de l'Île. A very attractive city, number four in France for population growth, it brings 30,000 new arrivals each year.