Hair in the wind, it is definitely more pleasant to discover a City by pedaling rather than driving. Cycling is the freedom to visit what you want and the flexibility to do it when you want.
The first episode of our series of urban bike rides: Nantes, the City of the Dukes
Arrived at the Nantes Train Station
9 am / Nantes Train Station & Jardin des Plantes
Facing Nantes station is the Jardin des Plantes, an ideal place to start your day! Various amusing artworks are to be discovered each year as part of the Voyage à Nantes!
Walking itinerary: 12 mins
10:30 am / Château des Ducs de Bretagne
Stroll through the moat and courtyard of the Château des Ducs de Bretagne, then criss-cross the ramparts offering you a view of the Lu tower. Slide down with toboggan (accessible from June 30 to August 26) towards the water mirror where you can admire the reflection of the Castle!
You will also find the tourist office opposite the castle.
Walking itinerary: 5 mins
11:30 am / Cathédrale Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul
A few steps from the castle is the Gothic cathedral of Saint-Pierre-et-Saint-Paul.
Bicloo bike station: Verdun
Walking itinerary: depends on your itinerary
12 am / Nantes City center
Stroll by bike and/or foot in the hyper-center of Nantes in order to discover the various places and the numerous works of the Voyage à Nantes! You will easily find a station to drop off your bike and a restaurant to eat.
- Place du Bouffay with the Éloge du pas de côté by Philippe Ramette
- Place Royale
- Place and théâtre Graslin
- Basilique Saint-Nicolas
- Passage Pommeraye, passage on three levels with a great architectural value which hosts the second sculpture of Philippe Ramette, it’s up to you to find it!
- Tour de Bretagne / Le Nid, get some height on the city!
Bicloo bike station: Bretagne Sud
Bicloo itinerary: 10 mins
4 pm / The Machines de l’île
Situate the Machines de l’île on maps Change of scenery, direction the Island of Nantes, and more precisely the western part. Let’s meet the famous elephant and many other surprises, all in an industrial universe. To get there, cross the Haudaudine bridge and go along the banks of the Loire to discover new animations of the Voyage à Nantes. Don’t forget to take a look across the river!
- The great elephant
- The island gallery
- The Carousel of the marine worlds
- Les Anneaux by Daniel Buren and Patrick Bouchain
- Mètre à ruban by Lilian Bourgeat
Bicloo bike station: Machines de l’île
Bicloo itinerary: 20 mins
6 pm / Trentemoult
Direction the left bank of the estuary for an exotic setting: the village of Trentemoult. Original with its narrow streets and colorful houses. It’s an old fishing village.
There is unfortunately no Bicloo station nearby, but no worries you can keep your bike for a ride. Other option you can attach it the time of your stroll.
Bicloo itineray: 25 mins
7:30 pm / The Tour Lu
Before leaving, pass by the Tour Lu and the Lieu Unique. You can also walk along the canal Saint-Félix and access the train station, south side by the Tbilisi bridge.
Bicloo bike station: Lu – Lieu Unique
Check-list for a successful stroll
Bike share system in Nantes: Bicloo
Bicloo rental rate:
Ticket 1 day (24h)= 1€
30 first minutes are free
Cost of the 2nd half-hour utilisation= 0,50€
Cost of the 3rd half-hour utilisation= 1€
Cost from the 4th half hour utilisation= 2€
The predictive app, dedicated to BikeShare, BikePredict is available for Nantes agglomeration. It allows you to predict up to 12 hours in advance of the availability of bikes and/or places in a station. Practical for planning your day in the city!