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Nantes, France

A Comprehensive Guide to the Best Places to Run in Nantes

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Nantes is the sixth largest city in France, located on the Loire River, about 50 km from the Atlantic Coast. The city is known for its art,  important harbor, and as one of France’s largest producers of food.  The scene for running in Nantes is terrific, with several scenic routes in close proximity.

Much of the running in Nantes centers on waterside paths. Our favorite river run in Nantes is along the Erdre River. The Loire River can also be experienced via paths on its northern side and on the Île de Nantes. For parks and greenery, enjoy our Three Park Tour, anchored by Parc Procé near downtown Nantes. One of our favorite places to run in Nantes is a loop around the pastoral paths of Île Pinette. And don’t miss our ‘runseeing’ tour of Nantes, which includes key historic and cultural sites, the Château, botanical gardens, and Loire River paths.

Loire is easy to get around, with an extensive public-transport network, known as “Tan”, consisting of trams, buses and river shuttles.

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Erdre River Loop

Nantes, France

The best run in Nantes. Paths on both sides of the river pass by elegant buildings, pleasant neighborhoods, a university campus, woods, a Japanese garden, and numerous colorful boats on a perfect 10k loop, with good add-on options.
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Nantes ‘Runseeing’ Tour

Nantes, France

A pleasant 9 km 'runseeing' tour of the central and historic parts of Nantes, hitting the key cultural sites, several important churches, Château des ducs de Bretagne, botanical gardens, Loire River paths, and the trendy Graslin neighborhood.
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Loire River Paths

Nantes, France

Although we prefer the paths along the Erdre, there's some decent running along the north side of the Loire River. We've mapped a route of up to 8.5 km one-way from the Maillé-Brézé Museum to the N844. Mix of pastoral paths and path along busier road.
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Île de Nantes Loop

Nantes, France

A 10k loop of the Île de Nantes, featuring the waterside roads and paths on the north and south sides of the island and Parc Beaulieu. Great views of the Loire River and central Nantes. Can be combined with paths on the north side of the river.
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Île Pinette and Île Forget

Nantes, France

A loop around Île Pinette and Île Forget is one of our favorite running routes in Nantes. Flat gravel paths encircling the two islands, featuring pastoral landscape of fields and meadows, with nice views of the Loire River. Add Île de Nantes for a longer run.
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Erdre River Loop

Nantes, France

The best run in Nantes. Paths on both sides of the river pass by elegant buildings, pleasant neighborhoods, a university campus, woods, a Japanese garden, and numerous colorful boats on a perfect 10k loop, with good add-on options.
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Île Pinette and Île Forget

Nantes, France

A loop around Île Pinette and Île Forget is one of our favorite running routes in Nantes. Flat gravel paths encircling the two islands, featuring pastoral landscape of fields and meadows, with nice views of the Loire River. Add Île de Nantes for a longer run.
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The weather in Nantes is influenced by its proximity to the Atlantic Ocean. Summers are pleasantly mild, with average high temperatures in the 25C (77F) range, with cool-ish nights. Winters aren’t too cold, with daytime highs approaching 9C (48F) and nights usually staying above freezing. Snowfall is rare. The 820mm (32 inches) of rain are spread throughout the year, though the winter months see double the average precipitation as summer. There can be lots of overcast in winter.

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If you stay in central Nantes, between the Loire River and Île Versailles, you’ll be able to easily access our favorite running routes. There are lots of run hotels in the Graslin neighborhood, which is also near good places to run.

RUNNING STORES

Nantes has a great selection of stores selling running and outdoor recreation gear. See our Nantes Running Overview map for locations Among the best:

Just Running – Nantes

Running Conseil Nantes

Courir, with two locations.

GROUPS RUNS

We Run Nantes is an active running group in Nantes.