The city of Nîmes in Occitanie is a superb destination for cultural holidays, but not only. If this city of France is so famous, it is thanks in particular to its historical past and its monuments. Indeed, there was a time when Nîmes was an important outpost of the Roman Empire. Besides that, it is very well located since it is halfway between the Camargue and the Mediterranean Sea… Find out what not to miss if you choose this city for your next vacation.
- The famous arenas of Nîmes
- The Square House
- The Magne Tower
- The Fountain Gardens
- The historic center of Nîmes
- The Pont du Gard and its museum
- The Mediterranean coast
The famous arenas of Nîmes
It is the most famous historical monument of the ancient Roman city. The arenas of Nîmes are actually a large amphitheater built during the 1st century. Initially, it was intended to entertain the inhabitants of the city. But during the Great Invasions, these arenas were transformed into ramparts of a fortified village so that the populations could take refuge there. Thus, over the centuries, this monument has had various uses. Today, this impressive building has become the emblem of the heritage of Nîmes and a must-see for tourists from all over the world.
The Square House
This is the second Roman monument in the city of Nîmes. This one is absolutely worth the detour, because its state of preservation is incredible! The Maison Carrée was built in homage to the adopted grandsons of the Emperor Augustus, Caius and Lucius Caesar. Formerly, this one dominated the forum of the city.
The Magne Tower
The Magne tower is the third and last of the city’s Roman monuments. There is a ticket that allows you to combine the visit of the three ancient monuments of Nîmes at a reasonable price. In addition, it is possible to enter inside this monument and more particularly at the top. Formerly, this tower of three levels dominated the city and indicated the presence of a sanctuary located lower. To access the site, all you have to do is walk to the top of the hill of the Jardins de la Fontaine which we will tell you about just after.
The Fountain Gardens
For a moment of relaxation and romance in Nîmes, go to the Jardins de la Fontaine. These are in the city center, not far from the other monuments on this list. You will discover dense vegetation as well as magnificent works and architecture dating mainly from the 18th century.
The historic center of Nîmes
Impossible to spend a stay in Nîmes without venturing into its historic center. As you walk through its streets, you will discover many pretty buildings as well as the charm of the city. You can take the opportunity to enjoy a meal in the sun or a little ice cream to cool off.
The Pont du Gard and its museum
The famous Pont du Gard is located only about thirty minutes from Nîmes. This 2000-old monument is now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. In addition to admiring this most imposing construction, you can take advantage of the good weather by swimming on the nearby beach.
The Mediterranean coast
If Nîmes is inland, the sea and the seaside resorts are not very far. Indeed, it will only take you 45 minutes to reach the Mediterranean Sea! The nearest coastal towns are Le Grau du Roi and La Grande-Motte. There, you can practice many activities according to your desires of the moment.