On the banks of the Loire, at the mouth of the estuary and 50 km from the Atlantic Ocean, Nantes, which was a major port and industrial centre, is regularly ranked at the top of the list of cities where life is good and has nothing to envy its past! Classified as a city of art and history, it has a national stage, 36 theatres and theatres, 14 museums, an unpublished Memorial to the Abolition of Slavery, the open-air museum of the Nantes/Saint-Nazaire Estuary and programmes around ten festivals per year, including La Folle Journée, Les Rendez-vous de l'Erdre and the Festival des 3 continents. The city stands out for its commitment to environmental protection. Europe's green capital in 2013, Nantes is home to more than 100 parks and gardens. Take advantage of the protected itineraries and the greenways along the Loire to take a bike ride. You can also take a cruise to the ocean, discover Nantes along the Loire on a traditional boat, go to the Jules Verne Museum, a local child, the Planetarium, the Nantes vineyard museum, the history museum housed in the medieval castle of the Dukes of Brittany or the very rich Natural History Museum. For fun, choose an unusual accommodation: a small house perched at the top of a fireplace with a view of the estuary, a room in a former courthouse or a chapel. And good news for your scholarship: Nantes is full of good deals!