Rendez-vous in Nîmes

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    Nîmes, the city with an accent

    A southern city with 2000 years of history

    A southern town between the Cévennes and Camargue, Provence and the Languedoc, festive and secretive, rooted in 2000 years of history and forward-looking, Nîmes is unique. With its Roman arena and the Maison Carrée—a majestic Roman temple that has just been restored—it offers so much for visitors between its contemporary architecture, the discreet splendour of its private mansions, and the grandeur of the Jardins de la Fontaine laid out in the eighteenth century on a Roman site.

    Roman, medieval and contemporary

    In addition to the fine monuments inherited from the Romans, the old town also has its own treasures. The historic centre of Nîmes has relics from the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, while also boasts elements of the classical period and the haughty designs of the nineteenth century when the industry prospered in the city. Today, the city looks to the future thanks to audacious town-planning and architectural developments entrusted to today's greatest names.

    Not to miss in Nîmes

    The Tourist Office in Nîmes has a rich and varied all-year-round programme of guided visits and themed visits, with one geared especially towards children, and they host an extremely popular treasure hunt in the summer for all ages.

    Visit Nîmes with a Roman Pass

    The Roman Pass is offered for individuals and is available throughout the year except during the Feria periods. The pass includes a short stay based on 2 days/1 night or 3 days/2 nights with a hotel room and breakfast, tickets to access the monuments and museums in Nîmes, a pass to enter the Pont du Gard and the museum spaces there, an audio-guide for visiting the city and an oil lamp as a present to really take you back in time. As an optional extra, you can choose to go to dinner at a restaurant in Nîmes serving local cuisine. 

    Major events in Nîmes

    The traditional Ferias (the 'Féria de Pentecôte' on the days running up to and including Whit Monday and the 'Féria des Vendanges' in the third week of September), with their festivities and bullfights, attract more than a million people every year. In the summer, the Jeudis de Nîmes (Thursdays in Nîmes) boast evening markets and music in the streets of the old town. And then there are the Nuits des Jardins (Garden Nights) where concerts are held in the magnificent setting of the Jardins de la Fontaine, and the Festival de Nîmes concerts that take place in the Roman amphitheatre. The city also hosts the Grands Jeux Romains (Grand Roman Games) when Nîmes lives like the Romans, as well as the much-loved Flamenco Festival, the film festival 'Un réalisateur dans la ville, and the 'Festival de la Biographie'.

    Gourmet Nîmes

    The covered market ('Les Halles') in the centre of Nîmes boasts abundant local aromas and flavours.What could be better than a meal of Picholine olives paired with an aperitif and followed by brandade de morue (a traditional preparation of creamed salt cod), tapenade, carpet shells or 'petit pâtés nîmois' (small pies)? Or, try the 'Gardianne de taureau' (a beef stew) or Nîmes lamb, then finish the meal with 'Pélardons' (goat cheeses from the Cévennes) and 'croquants Villaret' (traditional biscuits). This delectable meal can be accompanied by Costières de Nîmes wines or Perrier water (the spring is just a few kilometres from Nîmes).

    Nîmes, a Roman heritage with Andalusian influences


    Access

    • Motorway: A9, A54
    • Train: TGV (high-speed train station): 2h 50 min from Paris, 1h 20 min from Lyon, 1h from Marseille
    • Air: Nîmes Alès Camargue Cévennes Airport. Other nearby airports: Marseille Marignane and Montpellier Méditerranée
    • Bus station: adjoining the railway station

    Contact and information

    Office de Tourisme et des Congrès de Nîmes
    6, rue Auguste
    F-30020 NÎMES Cedex 1
    Tel: 00 33 (0)4 66 58 38 00
    Fax: 00 33 (0)4 66 58 38 01

Things to see

  • Château Saint Maurice

    © ChateauSaintMaurice

    Château Saint Maurice was for many years home to monks who used to grow lavender, fruit, olives and grapes.
  • The Cave of Pont d'Arc in Ardèche

    © Illustration Agence Fabre&Speller

    Welcome to the Cave of Pont d’Arc, replica of the "Chauvet Cave", in Ardèche (Rhône-Alpes).
  • Blending workshops at the Maison Lavau

    © Maison Lavau

    The Lavau winery offers patrons an original way to discover the spark that makes southern Côtes du Rhône wines so special (i.e. the blending of several varieties). 
  • Cairanne Sensory Wine Tour

    © Cairanne

    Enjoy a fun course that will help you explore the world of wine.
  • Rendez-vous in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur

    © C. Duranti

    In the South of France, between the mountains and the Mediterranean Sea, sits a region of light and vibrant colour. Just three hours by TGV from Paris: the sky is azure and the sun shines. You are in Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur: here, the sea is at your feet and the Alpine peaks a mere few hours away by car.
  • Carafes en Folie

    © @Carafes en Folie

    If gastronomy, regional scents, and wine tasting are your thing, then head to Tournon-sur-Rhone in the Ardèche region and pay a visit to the Carafes en Folie wine bar, with its cosy atmosphere
  • Rendez-Vous at the Soulages Museum in Rodez

    © C. Méravilles / Grand Rodez

    The museum dedicated to the work of the French painter, sculptor and engraver Pierre Soulages, presents over 500 works and documents from the artist.
  • Rendez-vous in Carcassonne

    © OT Carcassonne / Paul Palau

    Discover Carcassonne, a medieval city full of character, and its two listed UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
  • Canal du Midi

    © CRT Midi-Pyrénées / Dominique VIET

    The Canal du Midi is a must-see attraction, classed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site and considered one of the major works during the reign of Louis XIV.

Calendar

  • The Rencontres d'Arles in Provence

    © Anne Fourès

    From July 04, 2016 to September 25, 2016
    Since 1970, the Rencontres d’Arles Festival, founded by Lucien Clergue, Michel Tournier and Jean-Maurice Rouquette, celebrates the best of contemporary photography.

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