Follow the green line that wends its way through the streets of Nantes. As this route was first conceived for pedestrians, there are a few places where you have to get off your bike to continue following its course. The description is given in anti-clockwise direction.
Take care at these particular points:
• dismount and push your bike at the following points: in the tunnel under the Canal St-Félix (there is a special grooved track in which you can roll your bike); in the pedestrian tunnel link for Nantes train station (note that beside the staircase serving the station’s north exit, there is a grooved bicycle track in which you can roll your bike); in the Jardin des Plantes; along Cours Cambronne; along Rue Kérvégan
• along pedestrian and cobbled streets, please cycle very slowly
Nantes: the château, its museum and the reflective water features; the cathedral and Chapelle de l’Oratoire; the classical Graslin Theatre and Art Deco restaurant La Cigale opposite; Passage Pommeraye (an elegant 19th-century covered shopping arcade); Le Lieu Unique (a cultural centre in an iconic, trendily transformed biscuit factory); the Mémorial de l’Abolition de l’Esclavage (recalling France’s abolition of slavery and the fact that Nantes was one of the French ports that profited most from the slave trade) ; Les Machines de l’île (amazing outsized mechanical creatures on which you can take a ride on the central Ile de Nantes, including the most recent, Le Carrousel des mondes marins); major artworks scattered around town, such as the Station Prouvé, Les stations gourmandes, Nymphéa, L’arbre à basket, Résolution des forces en présence, Les anneaux, Mètre à rubans, Air, Canadienne, L’absence; contemporary art galleries like Hab Galerie; and much more.