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Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gard

Nîmes - Tourism, holidays & weekends guide in the Gard

As a City of Art and History, Nîmes is renowned for its ancient heritage and its especially festive southern atmosphere. The Roman amphitheatre is remarkably well-preserved and dates from the late 1st century and early 2nd century. It is 133 metres long and 101 metres wide and can hold up to 24,000 spectators! These vast arenas are open to visitors and shows are regularly held there, most notably the famous bullfights and Camargue bull runs.

Another flagship monument of the city of Nîmes is the Maison Carrée, a superb Roman temple from the late 1st century, with its columns topped with Corinthian capitals. Opposite the Maison Carrée stands the Carré d'Art, a modern building housing a Contemporary Art Museum. The city of Nîmes also has a Fine Arts Museum displaying French and foreign paintings from the 14th to the 19th century.

As well as these many attractions, don't miss the Jardin de la Fontaine, a marvellous romantic park listed as a Remarkable Garden, developed in the 18th century around the Nemausus spring and the ancient ruins of the Temple of Diana and Magne Tower. Enjoy a most restful stroll through the grounds and discover a French-style garden in the lower section, and a series of Mediterranean plants, pines and cedars in the upper section. From the Magne Tower at the top of Mount Cavalier, the view of the rooftops of the city is superb!

Before leaving Gard's capital, be sure to take a walk in the picturesque alleyways of the old city and enjoy a drink on one of its pretty town squares, such as the Place du Marché, Place aux Herbes or Place de l'Horloge squares.

As for events, the Pentecost Feria in May is a big five-day celebration where the bull is king. Apart from its bullfights, the Nîmes Feria is also a chance to celebrate with music to the rhythm of the bandas in the streets of the city centre.

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Nîmes, vast territory surrounded by seven hills, Roman city to discover or rediscover with the new museum of Romanity, as well as avenues Jean-Jaurès, Feuchères redone, which give character to the city, not to mention its historical monuments, The superb gardens of the Fontaine of several hectares, the esplanade Charles de Gaulle, the museum of the old Nîmes. On the leisure side, you can indulge in the golf or the game of bowls, "games of ball", traditional of the region.

Thursdays of Nîmes are honored from the first Thursday of July to the first Thursday of September, with evening markets, entertainment, local dances, a great opportunity to visit the city center!

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The Roman days of Nîmes in May, at the bullring. Immerse yourself in Roman history!

The great nocturnal shows of the Arènes de Nîmes: Arena and the keys of time: Under the starry sky of Nîmes, seated on the two thousand-year-old bleachers of the Arènes, set off on a great journey through time during the new show of the summer. During 6 evenings, 200 extras in period costumes will bring the story of Nîmes to life, combining video mapping technologies, special effects and live entertainment: stunts, equestrian and circus performances.

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Roman Days of Nîmes
All the magic of the Roman games in the Arena of NîmesMay 2024
Pentecost Feria
A popular traditional festival based on bullfights and bull runsMay / June 2024
Nîmes Festival
An extensive programme of concerts in the Arena of NîmesJuly 2024


Arena of Nîmes
Arena of Nîmes
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Tour Magne
Tour Magne
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Maison Carrée
Maison Carrée
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Big show: Nîmes, City of the Gods
Big show: Nîmes, City of the Gods
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Big show Arena and the keys of time
Big show Arena and the keys of time
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Teaser Arena and the keys of time
Teaser Arena and the keys of time
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