NIMES AND ENVIRONS

Step right into history in French Rome

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Prenez de la hauteur !

Sommières

It certainly feels great to rediscover the south, the authentic south. Nîmes the Roman, imprinted with its great stamp of history, offers modern amenities and a legendary sense of celebration that positively takes off in feria season. Right below the sun’s rays, encased in a jewel box of garrigues, get ready to experience travel’s major emotions.

As a monumental City of Art and History with over 80 classified historical buildings, Nîmes doesn’t go about things half way. As the largest city in the Gard area, it is a treasure trove of ancient history unique in France with its Arènes and Maison Carrée in the lead. But it’s also famed for gems of modern architecture such as Sir Norman Foster’s Carré d’Art or the Nemausus apartment complex designed by Jean Nouvel. Little by little, you’ll find out how to tame Nîmes on foot, an intriguing but easy adventure since the historical centre is relatively compact. With your head in the air and your nose to the wind, in the little alleys shaded from the hot sun, you’ll learn to know the lovely lady better.

It’s quite likely that your steps will lead you to Jean-Jaurès boulevard, fully revamped, with family-beloved trees and fountains. There on market day, Fridays, you’ll delight in the fine wares provided by local producers and fill your picnic basket to the brim with brandade, Nîmes strawberries, olive oil and Costières de Nîmes wines. Right on hand you can choose to stroll through the sumptuous Jardins de la Fontaine or even climb up to the Tour Magne, a remnant of the Roman ramparts overlooking the town. To finish up in style, visit one of the city’s six major museums and then give in to the temptation of one of the many Nîmes night life spots.

Outside the city gates, it’s all garrigue scrub lands. Visit the romantic quarries of Junas, the Nages pre-Roman hill-fort, Calvisson with its Languedoc boutis needlework, the Villevielle castle – there are countless getaway choices. One of the most charming is most likely the jaunt to medieval Sommières, so festive with lively public squares and narrow shopping streets. And what if we jumped on our bikes, heading out on the Voie Verte path ?

Michel Hermet-Restauration

“Nîmes is truly the crossroad between Spain and Italy. Is this linked to our Roman ruins? No matter what, deep down we are really ‘Latins’.”


Michel Hermet, restaurateur and sommelier

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DISCOVER THE "NOT TO BE MISSED" OF NÎMES

Les carrières de Junas

Les carrières du Bon Temps QuarriesA grandiose, magical site forged by over 2000 years of rock extraction using manual operations that have not change...
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Les carrières de Junas
Les carrières de Junas
Les carrières du Bon Temps QuarriesA grandiose, magical site forged by over 2000 years of rock extraction using manual operations that have not change...
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CARRE D'ART Museum of Contemporary Art

Since 1993, the Carré d'Art designed by Sir Norman Foster has been home to a mediatheque with a rich collection of contemporary art and bold exhibitio...
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CARRE D'ART
CARRE D'ART Museum of Contemporary Art
Since 1993, the Carré d'Art designed by Sir Norman Foster has been home to a mediatheque with a rich collection of contemporary art and bold exhibitio...
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La Maison Carrée

The Principal Gallo-Roman Temple in Nîmes This temple stood at what was the very heart of the Roman forum, the administrative and economic centre of t...
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Maison Carrée
La Maison Carrée
The Principal Gallo-Roman Temple in Nîmes This temple stood at what was the very heart of the Roman forum, the administrative and economic centre of t...
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NIMES ARENA

Amphitheatre built at the end of the 1st century AD, this arena is one of the biggest in Roman Gaul. More than 20,000 spectators could attend the comb...
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Nîmes Arènes
NIMES ARENA
Amphitheatre built at the end of the 1st century AD, this arena is one of the biggest in Roman Gaul. More than 20,000 spectators could attend the comb...
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Les moulins du Roc de Gachone

Three windmills built at the top of the Roc de Gachone, are a wonderful reason for a very pleasant walk in the scrubland. A must-see, for the top of t...
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Les moulins du Roc de Gachone
Les moulins du Roc de Gachone
Three windmills built at the top of the Roc de Gachone, are a wonderful reason for a very pleasant walk in the scrubland. A must-see, for the top of t...
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Historical garden

These magnificent gardens, outstanding cultural heritage, were created around 1750 on an ancient site and have since been part of daily life in Nimes....
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Jardins de la Fontaine
Historical garden
These magnificent gardens, outstanding cultural heritage, were created around 1750 on an ancient site and have since been part of daily life in Nimes....
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Roman TOUR MAGNE

The Magne Tower is the biggest tower from the Roman wall around the city, which Emperor Augustus gave to the city of Nîmes around the year 15 BC.Now j...
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TOUR MAGNE
Roman TOUR MAGNE
The Magne Tower is the biggest tower from the Roman wall around the city, which Emperor Augustus gave to the city of Nîmes around the year 15 BC.Now j...
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Castle of Villevieille

Overlooking the medieval town of Sommières and the plain, the medieval and Renaissance castle owes its origins to the powerful Bermond de Sauve family...
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Château
Castle of Villevieille
Overlooking the medieval town of Sommières and the plain, the medieval and Renaissance castle owes its origins to the powerful Bermond de Sauve family...
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Sommières, cité médiévale

The bridge was built in the 1st century AD, under emperor Augustus or Tiberius. Its purpose was to provide passage from the Roman road coming from Nîm...
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Sommieres
Sommières, cité médiévale
The bridge was built in the 1st century AD, under emperor Augustus or Tiberius. Its purpose was to provide passage from the Roman road coming from Nîm...
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THE PICHOLINE OLIVE

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The picholine olive is a special olive of the Gard department. It’s long, and has an elongated pit and firm meat. In October it’s harvested when still green. Its very special taste is highly prized by gourmets. This olive was named after the Piccolini brothers, 18th century chemists who discovered a new way to debitter the Collias olives using wood ash. In honour of these two Italians and their recipe, the Collias olive became known as the Picholine.

THINGS TO DO IN NÎMES

The Sommières ‘Voie Verte’ bike route

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From Sommières to Caveirac, right besides Nîmes, a former railroad line has been turned into a charming voie verte for all walkers, bikers, roller-bladers...
This pathway maps out a perfect and safe promenade of all shapes and forms. It’s actually a free entertainment space criss-crossing the landscapes and villages of the Pays de Sommières and Vaunage areas.
Along its full length, this “green route” offers you options for other hiking paths branching off from it, for myriad potential leisure explorations.

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