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Nantes is a city in the Loire-Atlantique département, of the Pays de la Loire region. In western France, Nantes is situated at the head of the estuary of the Loire River, where it is joined by the Erdre and the Sèvre rivers. This city is 35 miles (56 km) from the sea, and is just southwest of Paris.
In Nantes, the traditional industries such as food processing, engineering, and the manufacture of components for the aeronautical industry, remain important. However the economy of the area has grown increasingly focused on fields such as biotechnology. A large scientific park designed to foster these activities has become the home of many industrial and services firms, such as Hexcel – manufacturing, Vorwerk, and Accenture. Nantes has worked to revitalize the city from industrial suburbs to places tourists and companies would enjoy. An example of that revitalization is the compound, Le Lieu Unique, at 2 rue de la Biscuiterie. This former biscuit factory has been converted into a venue for art exhibitions, a restaurant, a bar/cafe, and fashionable shops. There are many renovated areas that have executive office space.
Entertainment And Dining Out
The Musée des Beaux-Arts has one of the most important and varied collections of paintings in France. It is a must see while you are in the area. For dining, L’Atlantide is a restaurant offering astounding panoramic views over the city landscape, while serving some of the finest cuisine in the area.
To get to Nantes, Aéroport Nantes-Atlantique is 12km (7 1/2 miles) southeast of town. Air France offers daily flights from Paris. A shuttle bus between the airport and the Nantes train station takes 25 minutes. A taxi from the airport takes about 15 minutes. The TGV fast train from Paris’s Gare Montparnasse takes about 2 to 2 1/2 hours. Nantes’s Gare SNCF is a 5-minute walk from the town centre. If you’re driving to Nantes, take A11 for 385km (239 miles) west of Paris. The trip takes about 3 hours.