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The good life

A green and blue metropolis

Crowned Green Capital of Europe 2013, the metro area is recognized for its quality of life. With more than 100 parks and gardens, 13,000 hectares of protected spaces and 3,000 hectares of accessible green spaces in greater Nantes, there's no lack of breathing space! Not to be outdone, Saint-Nazaire boasts 7 km of coastal paths and 20 coves (including 3 beaches featuring the "Pavillon Bleu" quality label). 

A metropolis on a human scale

Each year, several thousand new residents move to Nantes-Saint-Nazaire, attracted by this cultural and creative metro area that provides all the intensity of a big city, while remaining on a human scale. Real estate costs remain well below Paris prices, despite an increase in recent years. The average family budget (cost of housing and consumer products) is about 20% lower than in Paris, according to the magazine L'Express. When it comes to healthcare, the Nantes University Hospital ranks among the top 10 hospitals (6th in 2016), while the Nouvelles Cliniques Nantaises hold the 2nd spot on the podium. 

Culture at all levels

"Nantes, alongside Paris, is perhaps the only town in France where I got the feeling that something worthwhile might happen to me," said André Breton. Whether you walk in the footsteps of a giant 12-metre-tall elephant on the Ile de Nantes or go on the "Escal'Atlantic" ocean liner adventure in the amazing submarine base in Saint-Nazaire, whatever journey you take, the entire area is shaped by art. 

In Nantes Saint-Nazaire, cultural life is rich and creative. With legendary places like the Castle of the Dukes of Brittany, the Lieu Unique, the Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, and in 2017 the reopening of the Museum of Fine Arts, Nantes Saint-Nazaire embraces a modern vision, where historical heritage reflects on contemporary architecture, creativity revisits tradition, and the city reaches out to the sea. 

In summer, art takes over the city with the Voyage à Nantes, while world music makes a stopover in Saint-Nazaire. In the heart of winter, classical music fans flock to the Folle Journée, while electronic music vibrates at Scopitone. 

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Entrepreneurs, investors, talents and professional event planners – the international economic development agency is at your service to help you get things done in Nantes Saint-Nazaire.

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