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When you fliy into Nantes Atlantique Airport, western France's biggest airport, collect a quality rental car from Nova Car Hire and look forward to travelling at your own pace. Wherever you want to go, car hire is your most flexible option.

About Nova Car Hire

Renting a car with Nova Car Hire gives you the peace of mind of working with an online car hire broker that has been established since 1997. Avail of superb value, availability, and service when you rent a car through Nova Car Hire.

You can rest assured that the vehicle waiting at your collection point will be clean, modern, and well-maintained, and if there are any issues or queries you need answered, our team of experienced customer service representatives is available by phone and email to address them for you.

About Car Hire at Nantes Airport

Nantes Atlantique Airport(Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, formerly known as Aéroport Château Bougon) is located 8 kilometres southwest of Nantes, in Bouguenais. An international airport serving Nantes, it is the biggest airport in western France, with a maximum capacity of 3 million passengers a year.

What To Do In Nantes When It Rains

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Fast and efficient service from Nova for our family trip to France..will certainly use you guys again..many thanks

Aidan Campbell, Jul-2012

Toured France for a fortnight and I must say well done Nova. Quick Pick up and drop off without any hassle. Highly commendable service

Thomas White, Jun-2012

Found your staff very helpful and the whole booking process went without a hitch. I'd have no hesitation in recommending you to a friend.

Kenneth Hendy, Feb-2012

Thanks so much for your help Deirdre -- I have spread the word about Nova over here. It's always a good rental experience and the cost is much less than any other I check out. Have rented in France several times and so better understanding that language! At any rate, keep up all your good work!

Carle Nicklas, Nov-2010

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What To Do In Nantes When It Rains

Hi! My name is Joanna and I'm the Head of Car Hire at Nova. I love travelling, dogs, classical music, reading, and making sure all our customers have the best car rental experience!

Nantes was previously the capital of Brittany and, although it’s been separated from the region for over 60 years, it remains culturally attached. It’s also influenced by the Atlantic, and that can mean torrential rain from time to time. So if you are caught there in unseasonable weather, what is there to do?

Nantes Architecture

Well, to start you’ll need some transport and if you haven’t rented a car at the airport, then there are plenty of tram lines and an excellent bus network to make sure you stay dry while you travel around. Take the opportunity to view some of Nantes’s architectural standouts while you’re warm and dry in your chosen mode of transport. The Château des Ducs de Bretagne is a popular tourist attraction, especially at night when it is illuminated by specialised lighting created by Sylvie Sieg and Pierre Nègre of the Atelier Lumière. Église Notre-Dame de Bon-Port (officially known as the Basilica of St Louis) at the Place de Sanita is an impressive building with a dome modelled on Les Invalides in Paris. Look upwards and you’ll see a representation of the archangel Gabriel at the tip of the spire.
The island Ile de Versailles is visible (and accessible) via tram line 2 and worth a visit, if the weather improves during your stay. The entire island is a Japanese garden and a great place to get lost in contemplation for an hour or two.


Whatever the weather, museums offer a great opportunity to pass the time while getting to know the history of your destination. Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nantes was established in 1801 and houses the Cacult collection. François Cacult was an avid collector of art during the late 1700s, and his huge collection was bought by the city after his death, and added to since. Works cover the entire spectrum of Western painting from the 13th to the 21st centuries. Contemporary and international works include paintings, installations, video, and photography. The Jules Verne Museum, dedicated to the memory of the great writer, is divided into eight rooms, each with a different theme, offering an insight into the author’s life and work. The Natural History Museum is another exhibition space worth visiting. The Loire estuary is an unique ecosystem with fascinating flora and fauna, which the Natural History Museum explores and explains through its collections.

Eating and Shopping

When you’ve had your fill of museums, shopping is always a great way to get to know a place, while indulging in a little retail therapy. It’s also a good way to entertain yourself out of the rain.. The elegant shopping mall Passage Pommeraye is a stylish place to spend an afternoon and has featured in several French movies. Refresh yourself after all that sightseeing and shopping by indulging in some authentic French food. You have plenty of options in Nantes, but one local specialty you should try is galettes, a heavier, savoury version of a crepe. Brasserie La Cigale is a famous Nantes institution.