Sitting in the Upper Brittany region of western France, Nantes is the most important city in the Pays de la Loire region. You won't find many shared office spaces here if you are a wandering nomad with a laptop in tow but the startup scene is alive and well - this medieval and port city is just coming on board with the idea of coworking spaces.
Think of the era of Napoleon di Bonaparte, historically one of the world's greatest commanders and you get an idea of the history woven like a tapestry through this town. Today it is drawing digital nomads on their wanders around the globe not just to gawk at its castle the Château des Ducs de Bretagne which is now a museum that you can scramble around its ramparts, but for the creative vibes hanging in the air of this artsy village.
Local professionals have seen the light and rather than paying to set up their own individual strongholds to work from are heading to coworking spaces to conduct their business. For the freelancing soul, the town has everything you could wish for from its bustling farmers' markets to old world cafes where the locals sit with their dogs sipping espresso and watching the passing parade.
A port city on the Loire River banks, it is a thriving cultural hub and student domain catering to many international students - think in the vicinity of nearly 4,000 foreign from a total of about 47,000 students. You get the picture? Yes, there are plenty of raucous bars and cafes dotted around catering to the fountain of youth. Many of these students hang out in the innovative coworking spaces taking advantage of fast Wi-Fi and the office gadgets available. For those that are fledgling entrepreneurs it is also a chance to rub shoulders and mingle with likeminded souls of far more experience in the commercial world.
Public transport is reliable and cheap but many prefer to just pedal a bike around the town. If you are gagging for a dose of sea breeze and ocean to splash in, the exotic beach village of La Baule is near by.
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