Visit Estuaire all year long…
All sites are in open access, and have a disabled access (except for contrary indication). Every course can be done by car, by foot, by bike or by public transport. On each site, you will find information boards in English giving you details of both the work and the artist.
Throughout the trail, visitors will also be able to stop and have something to eat in various friendly places, in each village, or remember to pack a picnic!
Don’t forget the audio guide Estuaire! (free)
An English audio guide is available. It delivers the principal keys to an understanding of the artists, the pieces and the estuary territory.
> Download the audio commentary (mp3 fields) of the artworks
ENJOY THE ESTUAIRE CRUISES
To discover the beauty of the Loire and the diversity of the surrounding landscapes. Rich wildlife preserves rub shoulders with gigantic industrial buildings and maritime heritage sites.
From April to November.
Departure from Nantes or Saint-Nazaire. Lasts approx. 2h45 min.
On certain dates, only in july and august, “Les Ecoutilles”, “apéro” cruises.
To continue the visit, a bus takes the riverside country roads in order to get as close as it can to a selection of works.
Prices : from 5€ to 35€
Info. and reservations: www.nantes-tourisme.com
T. +33 (0)240 757 507
How to get information?
T. +33 (0)2 40 75 75 07
From Monday to Friday: 9:00 am to 6:00 pm (Thursday : 10:00 am > 6:00 pm)
Week-end and bank holidays: 10:00 am to 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
From 1 July to 31 August: 7 days a week – 9:00 am > 6:00 pm
9, rue des États (in front of the Château des ducs de Bretagne)
From Monday to saturday: 10:00 am > 6:00 pm
Sundays and bank holidays: 10:00 am > 5:00 pm
From 1 July to 31 August: 7 days a week – 9:00 am > 7:00 pm
Parc des Chantiers (nearby Les Machines de l’île)
Summertime openings (July and August) : 10:00 am > 6:00 pm
TOURISM OFFICE BASE SOUS-MARINE (SUBMARINE BASE)
Bd de la Légion-d’Honneur, Ville-Port
T. +33 (0)2 40 22 40 65
Prepare your stay…
WHERE TO STAY?
www.nantes-tourisme.com or T. + 33 (0) 272 640 479
Saint-Nazaire Tourism Office
www.saint-nazaire-tourisme.com or T. +33 (0) 2 40 22 40 65
Gîtes de France in the Loire-Atlantique region:
www.gites-de-france-44.fr or T. +33 (0) 2 51 72 95 65
Campings in the Loire-Atlantique region:
Out of the ordinary accommodation Estuaire
Estuaire Villa Cheminée (Cordemais)
Chambres d’artistes (Artist’s Rooms) in the Château du Pé,
rue de l’Egalité – Saint-Jean-de-Boiseau www.chateaudupe.fr
WHERE TO EAT?
The guide Les Tables de Nantes offers a selection of restaurants by neighbourhood (www.lestablesdenantes.fr).
Square outside the architecture school (ENSA Nantes) Île de Nantes.
The transportation network of the Conseil général offers regular trips to Nantes.
For more information on the Lila shuttle bus: www.loire-atlantique.fr
Type in your destination and, in a single click, Destineo will provide you with: several possible itineraries depending on your preferences, public transportation times along with transfers (train, long distance bus, tramway, city bus, river shuttle and plane), key places (hotels, restaurants, tourist sites…), and information on traffic.
For information on how to discover our department and our region:
> DOWNLOAD THE MAP OF THE TERRITORY
For a one-day trip, please try the recommended itinerary (in black on the map), take scenic roads and follow Estuaire road signs to join municipalities concerned by art pieces.
If you want to enjoy the cultural sites and be an eco-friendly tourist, see it all on a bike! A specific circuit starting in Nantes, indicated by signs, allows you to find your way throughout your tour. Maps of the circuit, suggestions and user comments, mustsee heritage sites… Prepare your trip on the Loire à vélo website: www.loire-a-velo.fr The trail from Nantes to Saint-Brevin: more details here
Détours de Loire is a bike rental agency offering a wide range of services.
Baco Bus Station – Allée de la Maison-Rouge, Nantes – T. +33 (0) 240 487 537
ALEOP shuttle bus transport your bicycles
Line 17 of the Aleop bus network linking Saint-Brevin-les-Pins to Saint-Nazaire (SNCF train station) allows you to cross the bridge in total safety.
Fare: €2,40 – limited number of seats, reservation required with Réseau Lila (T. +33 (0) 2 40 21 50 87) the night before your bike trip, at the latest!