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All your favorite brands are at the Beaulieu shopping mall! Located on the fast-growing dynamic l’île de Nantes, the Beaulieu shopping mall offers a wide choice of shops and restaurants. It is the second largest shopping mall in the Nantes agglomeration after the Atlantis Center. Apart from a Carrefour hypermarket, you will find more than 120 stores! On the fashion side, signs like Etam, Kookaï, Petit Bateau or Minelli; for decor, Maisons du monde and entertainment, Micromania or Nature Discoveries. You can also enjoy chocolates and treats at Leonidas or have a coffee at Starbucks. After some shopping and before returning to your Campanile Nantes Center hotel - Saint-Jacques, why not take a detour to Crapa Park (rustic circuit of outdoor activities). This vast green space, located at the eastern end of the island, includes large playgrounds, barbecues and large meadows on which it is pleasant to settle for a nap or a picnic. Partly classified as an area of natural interest for its flora and fauna, you will see butterflies, birds and small mammals. A preserved place, ideal for relaxing, away from the noise of the city.
The Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, an enchanting fortress. From your hotel, cross the island of Nantes towards the center. Located in the heart of the old town, the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany proudly sits on a mirror of water reflecting its high walls. Built in the thirteenth century on a Gallo-Roman wall (still visible today), it has undergone many architectural changes in the course of history, which gives it an atypical look. The current look reflects the desire of the last Duke of Brittany, Francis II, to make it a place of residence and a defensive fortress against the royal power in place. Classified as a historical monument in 1862, then sold by the state to the City of Nantes in 1915, in 1924 it became a municipal museum. Go for a walk along the 500-meter walk that connects the seven towers of the castle. The panorama of the city is striking! You can admire the Lu tower, a remnant of the old biscuit factory. From the central courtyard (known as the Golden Crown), observe the carved decorations on the facade of the Grand Logis, evidence of the influence of the Italian Renaissance. The interior spaces are devoted to a program of temporary exhibitions and a museum on the history of Nantes.
The Cité des congrès de Nantes, a prestigious jewel. A few tram stops from your hotel, the Cité des Congrès stands majestically on the banks of the Erdre and enjoys a privileged location in the city center, opposite the TGV station. It is one of the most dynamic congress centers in France and contributes in this sense to the influence of the city at a national and international level. Its architectural all-glass structure gives it a pleasant natural lighting and offers a soothing view on the Saint-Félix canal. Consisting of three auditoriums and thirty rooms, it is particularly suitable for corporate events (trade fairs, congresses, gala evenings, etc.). The Cité team is also attentive and offers tailor-made support for each event. For over 25 years, it has hosted one-man shows, concerts, ballets, but also plays and festivals. Artists such as Véronique Sanson, Anne Roumanoff, Benjamin Biolay and Gaspard Proust perform there. When you go out, you can follow the banks of the Erdre and treat yourself to a refreshment at Lieu Unique, the national theater in Nantes, located in the premises of the former biscuit factory LU.
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