The historic Saint-Malo as seen from Grand BĂ© island (Picture: Saint-Malo Communication - Renaud Gasnier)
7 times a stage town.
Stage for the first time in 1949; winner: Ferdi KĂĽbler.
Most recently in 1980; winner: Bert Oosterbosch.
Sub-prefecture of the Ille-et-Vilaine.
Have you ever taken a stroll along Sillon beach? Before you, across the emerald sea, lie Fort de la ConchĂ©e, CĂ©zembre island, Fort National, the islands of Grand BĂ© and Petit BĂ©... all worthy sentinels of a bay stretching from cap FrĂ©hel to Mont Saint-Michel. This landscape, subject to the biggest tides in Europe and to a turbulent history (the town proclaimed its independence from 1590 to 1594), has wrought a people of exceptional character, the likes of Jacques Cartier, who discovered Canada, corsairs RenĂ© Duguay-Trouin and Robert Surcouf, writer FranĂ§ois-RenĂ© de Chateaubriand. Saint-Malo is also famous for its cultural events: Etonnants Voyageurs book fair, Quai des Bulles (comic strips festival), Route du Rock... And for its sailing events: Route du Rhum, Course des Grands Voiliers, Quebec-Saint-Malo... More awaits in the corsair town!
â€˘ Tourist office of Saint-Malo
View of cathedral and Lu tower (Picture: S. MĂ©noret / R.Routier / Ville de Nantes)
30 times a stage town.
Stage for the first time in 1903; winner: Maurice Garin.
Most recently in 2003; winner: David Millar.
Prefecture city of the Loire-Atlantique.
With the palace of the dukes of Brittany, the Lieu Unique Theatre & (in a former Lu cookie factory), the Folles JournĂ©es classical music festival (more than 100 concerts held over five days) and the Royal de Luxe street theater company, Nantes keeps proving its cultural vitality without ever forgetting its heritage. 80 different sports are practiced by some 370 clubs and their 60,000 members. Nantes Football Club has enjoyed much success, winning 8 league titles and 3 French cups. Writer Jules Verne, film director Jacques Demy and yachtsman Eric Tabarly were all born in Nantes. With major companies the likes of Eurofins and Airbus, important research facilities and ongoing urban projects, Nantes is always on the move. Its wholesale market is second only to Rungis (in Paris), and Nantes-Saint-Nazaire is the fourth largest port in France (35 million tons of freight in 2006, 77% being hydrocarbons). Situated on Nantes Island, Wilson wharf can accommodate ocean liners since 2002.
â€˘ Tourist office of Nantes MĂ©tropole