What’s the most exciting thing you’ve got to look forward to right now?
If your answer is ‘That new Netflix show and a Dominos pizza with extra pineapple’ then, while we give a firm thumbs up to both those things, we reckon that you can go one better.
Like, for instance, with a three night weekend jet-away to charming, medieval Nantes on the Loire River in northwest France.
With an abundance of culture, fascinating historical sights, a rich gastronomic heritage and lively nightlife, Nantes might just be your new favourite French city.
The Big Deal from myholidaysnow is exclusive to 5pm customers and flies you direct to Nantes Atlantique Airport from Edinburgh International via Ryanair.
It includes hand luggage and three nights room only accommodation, based on two sharing a standard double or twin room at the three star, centrally based Hotel Belfort.
These city breaks are for three nights, Friday to Monday, on the following dates:
3rd, 17th, 24th May 2019
20th, 27th September
8th, 15th, 22nd November
13th, 20th December
You will fly out from Edinburgh Airport at 13:45 and arrive in Nantes at 16:35. You will leave Nantes at 15:10 and arrive in Edinburgh at 16:00. Please note that flight times can change and will be confirmed at the time of booking.
Modern and central hotel
This Big Deal includes a three night stay in Hotel Belfort in the heart of Nantes. The hotel is handy for the train station and Cité de Congrés waterfront entertainment venue, as well as the Theatre Graslin and Chateau des Ducs de Bretagne.
Your soundproofed guest rooms will be decorated in a bright, colourful, modern style and feature free WiFi, air conditioning and satellite TV.
The hotel serves a daily buffet breakfast (for a supplement) and has a lounge bar where you can enjoy a pre-dinner drink before exploring the restaurants of Nantes. There is also a 24-hour front desk, bike hire, delicatessen and private parking.
Move over, Paris
Francophiles, listen up. Nantes might just be your new favourite French city.
Beautiful, beguiling and bursting with history, the city is known for its public art, lively student population and foodie culture.
Located on the banks of the River Loire, Nantes was separated from Brittany when regional boundaries were redrawn during World War 2 and is officially the capital of the Pays de la Loire region. However, many Nantes residents still consider the city to be Breton.
Home to a number of universities, Nantes has a lively student scene. It also has a plethora of spectacular historic buildings as well as the city’s must see attraction, La Machine, a 12-metre high mechanical elephant which can take up to 49 passengers for a walk around the city.
Nantes also has a stunning medieval quarter and nineteenth century town to explore.
Explore the Christmas market
Fancy heading to Nantes on one of the December dates? If so, you’ll get a chance to experience The Christmas Market, which is actually the biggest in Western France.
The market is based in the city centre at the Place Royale and Place du Commerce. You can browse stalls from all over Europe and beyond, all selling a range of handcrafts, decorations and French festive delicacies.
This is your chance to stock up on biscuits, sweets, pottery, toys, blown-glass creations and gorgeously scented candles and soaps, both from France and farflung places like Madagascar. And obviously, try out the hot chocolate and mulled wine as well.
This TripAdvisor reviewer enjoyed their stay at Hotel Belfort:
‘Good basic hotel. The Belfort is a good choice for short stops in Nantes. Located a few minutes walk from most of the attractions of the city. Clean and well maintained, but basic room equipment. Comfortable bed. Wifi a little fluffy. Breakfast buffet – simple and efficient. The hotel has a small parking, need to order in advance, quite challenging for bigger cars. Nice friendly staff.’
Go somewhere new
Whether you fancy a spring break, late summer escape, or chance to explore the Christmas markets in winter, Nantes has plenty to offer at any time of year. So why not see more of France than just Paris or the south coast?
With flights and accommodation taken care of, all you need to think about is having a great time.
So take advantage of this Big Deal to Nantes, a beguiling French town which many have yet to discover.