Nantes is the capital of the north-western French region of Pays de la Loire. That said, Nantes has strong historical connections with the adjoining region of Brittany, and is the historical capital of the region.
Brittany is a diverse region of northwestern France. The region is subdivided into four administrative départements: Breton islands: Brittany received its modern name when it was settled by Britons, whom the Anglo-Saxons had driven from Britain.
The Pays de Loire is an extensive region of north-western France located broadly to the west and south-west of the French capital Paris, separated from it by the adjoining region of Centre-Val de Loire with which it shares many affinities.