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It shouldn’t take you long to realize that the Gard has its very own territorial identity. From the start, you’ll be struck by the amazingly diversified landscapes, witness to centuries of history, enhanced by harmonious architectural heritage. Solitary mas farmhouses, humble abodes, manor houses, factories, chapels, dry-stone capitelle cabins or simple low stone walls… these age-old buildings of numerous hues – creams, ochres and greys – will help you to understand the spirit of the land. And especially the local inhabitants, the Gardois, reputed to be reserved but ever hospitable, will open doors to the heart of their land so that you too can discover and share in their subtle traditions.

Authenticity indeed involves a past that we can see with our eyes and feel through our senses when actually present on exceptional sites. Among them, three gems of Gard beauty stand out, honoured with a ranking as UNESCO World Heritage sites: Pont du Gard, Saint Gilles Abbey (on the route to Santiago de Compostela), and the Cévennes Causses plateaux, known for their emblematic Mediterranean farming and herding landscapes. In the Gard, there are nine cities or villages with French rankings: Nîmes with its Roman heritage, Uzès the Renaissance city and medieval Beaucaire are Cities of Art and History; Aiguèze, La Roque-sur-Cèze and Montclus are among the Most Beautiful Villages in France; whereas Lussan, Vézénobres and Barjac are denoted as Villages of Character.

But from the medieval ramparts of Aigues-Mortes to the Carthusian monastery of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon, from the troglodyte abbey of Saint-Roman to the town of Beaucaire, the historical splendour is not limited to lists and official sites. In actual fact, the Gard has over 500 “protected” buildings, one-third of which are classified monuments. It is a given that the Gard will satisfy your curiosity thanks to dozens of museums and other places of art, history and terroir embodying this splendour. The list is almost endless. Ancient and more recent pasts come together in such places as: Rousson’s Préhistorama, the Sacred Art Museum in Pont-Saint-Esprit and the very contemporary Carré d’Art in Nîmes.