The trail from Nantes to Rennes and Saint-Malo, and onwards to Mont Saint-Michel

  • Machines de l'Ile de Nantes

    © Franck Tomps

    Machines de l'Ile de Nantes

    © Franck Tomps

  • Jetée par marrée haute

    Jetée par marrée haute

  • Rennes vue depuis Pont

    Rennes vue depuis Pont

The trail from Nantes to Rennes and Saint-Malo, and onwards to Mont Saint-Michel

Barely 100km separates the two major cities that lie within Brittany’s historic borders, and both are known for their buoyant dynamic and quality of life, their vibrant student scenes, varied cultural events, and the rich diversity of their heritage.

 

While Rennes boasts the most half-timbered houses in Brittany and is the seat of the famous Palais du Parlement de Bretagne, it asserts its status as a decidedly modern city through a wide range of architecture and installations with a more contemporary feel: FRAC, Aurélie Nemours’ L'Alignement du XXIe siècle, Les Champs Libres and Cap Mail designed by Jean Nouvel. Nantes, meanwhile, is home to the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, which itself houses the city history museum. But the city also boasts a huge variety of more unique attractions, including the 12m tall elephant at the Machines de l’Île, a city tour taking in myriad works of art, a bar inhabited by a giant bird on the 32nd floor of the Bretagne tower, the famous Passage Pommeraye 19th century shopping arcade, and constantly evolving architecture.

 

The two cities are now working together to develop a poetic and sensory journey through the region to (re)discover the area through a trail with lots to see and learn at every stop. After exploring Nantes, visitors will be invited to travel the length of the Loire Estuary discovering its monumental works of art. Then it’s off to Rennes before following the river Rance to Dinan and onwards to Saint-Malo, the penultimate stop before Mont Saint-Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Every stage features inspiring towns and cities and new culinary experiences, often fresh from the sea, as well as unique panoramas, prestigious natural attractions, and unforgettable viewpoints.