Learn everything you need to know about cruise destinations under Avid Cruiser’s Port Profiles section (you’ll find a tab above on the navigation bar). Each week, we’ll provide one or more port profiles for those are planning trips or for those who need inspiration to do so. Today’s feature, the beautiful French city of Nantes.
In a way, Nantes could probably be viewed as the gateway not only to the Loire Valley, but also to the rest of France. That’s not first and foremost because of the many vineyards found along the Loire Valley, and not primarily due to the architecturally interesting towns and castles that flank France’s longest river (the Loire river is 629 miles/1,013 kilometers long). No, it’s because the Loire Valley has sometimes been referred to as the cradle of the French language – a language that is intimately connected with France’s national identity.