Nîmes

Between the Mediterranean and the Cévennes, Nîmes is a two-thousand-year-old city that has preserved its Roman heritage from the time of Emperor Augustus. Beautifully preserved ancient monuments sit beside contemporary architecture in Nîmes. This city in the Gard, also called French Rome, is where several cultures intersect: its identity combines Camargue, Provençal and Spanish cultures. Nîmes celebrates its various cultural influences all year long with its famous Férie, Roman games, annual music festival, night markets and flamenco festival. These events are not to be missed on a trip to the Gard.

You can take a themed guided tour or explore Nîmes on your own to discover these incredible sites. As for ancient heritage, don’t miss the Roman amphitheater, the Roman wall and Tour Magne watchtower, the temple of Diana, the entirely restored Maison Carrée, the coliseum and the legendary Pont du Gard. Recent centuries have also added to the cultural wealth of Nîmes with town houses, ornamental metal products, public gardens, beautiful squares and plazas and religious buildings such as Le Grand Temple and Le Petit Temple, the Sainte-Eugénie Chapel, the Jesuit Chapel and the Saint-Castor Roman Cathedral. Nîmes also has remarkable contemporary architecture: Jean Bousquet’s Carré d’Art Abribus, a work of urban architecture, the Paloma Theater where current music is performed, and the Colisée, buildings that house offices and residences where contemporary architecture meets ancient amphitheater.

You can visit a variety of museums in Nîmes and learn more about the town’s history or the region’s culture: Musée de la Romanité, the Musée du Vieux Nîmes and the Musée des Cultures Taurines. And art lovers can visit the Jean Bousquet Musée d’Art Contemporain and the Musée des Beaux-Arts.