Nîmes is listed as a Town of Art and History. It is Roman, classical and contemporary, all at the same time. The town's inhabitants are well aware of its treasures and have perfectly enhanced the many monuments to a rich past. This is a cultural and festive destination, and not to be missed during your holiday between the Bouches-du-Rhône and the Gard regions!
A day in the life of the Romans
Make the most of your stay at our holiday residence near Nîmes to take a trip to the neighbouring department, Gard. The capital of Gard is half Provençal, half Italian. Nîmes is nicknamed the "French Rome" because of its exceptional heritage from Antiquity, starting with the Amphitheatre, built in the late 1st century. The Roman amphitheatre is particularly impressive in terms of size: 21 metres high, 133 metres long and 100 metres wide. Today, bullfighting and shows have replaced animal and gladiator combats. And the Whitsun Feria is not to be missed!
As you walk up Boulevard Hugo, you will see another, relatively rare monument: the Maison Carrée, the best preserved Roman temple in the world! Inside, you can watch a film recounting the town's history, from Celtic oppidum (settlement) to Romanisation under the Empire. To find out more about Roman culture, you need to go through the very modern doors of the Musée de la Romanité, designed by Elizabeth de Portzamparc. Here, over 5,000 works recount 25 centuries of Nîmes history.
Further on, nestling in the Jardins de la Fontaine, the Temple of Diana is probably the most romantic and enigmatic monument in Nîmes. If you want to go up in the world, then don't hesitate to climb the Mont Cavalier hill, the highest point in Nîmes. At the top is the Magne Tower, the last vestige of the Roman walls. From there, you can admire a wonderful panorama over the town, Mont Ventoux and the Alpilles range.
Via the late Middle Ages and the Renaissance
As you stroll through the town centre, you will also see Nîmes Cathedral, picturesque timber-framed houses dating from the 15th and 16th centuries, Renaissance townhouses, such as the Hôtel Bernis, the old dyers' quarter, the small Protestant church in Rue du Grand-Couvent, the Maison Romane on Place aux Herbes and Place du Marché, featuring the crocodile fountain. And the list is not finished! If you spend your holiday in our village club near Nîmes, you can go there several times, because the town is only 35 km away! Lastly, for food lovers, a trip to the covered market, the Marché des Halles, is in order. Here, you will find the best local specialities: the petit pâté nîmois, Croquants Villaret (biscuits), brandade nîmoise, Picholines olives from Provence and of course Costières-de-Nîmes red and rosé wines.
More information about Nîmes : www.nimes-tourisme.com