Nîmes

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Explore a stunning assortment of Roman buildings in this Mediterranean town, including a temple and an amphitheater where gladiators fought for their lives.

During Roman times Nimes was an important and wealthy city. Evidence of its power and prestige can still be seen today in the well-preserved monuments in the center of the city. Aside from the ancient Roman heritage, Nimes is also well worth a visit for its old town, museums and beautiful public gardens.

Start your exploration of the city’s Roman history at Les Arènes, a Roman amphitheater that is approximately 2,000 years old. The massive arena is still in use today for a variety of events, including concerts and bullfights. Go to the old town for Maison Carrée, one of the most complete Roman temples in existence. Across from the building is Carré d’Art, a stunning steel and glass structure designed by Sir Norman Foster. It houses a contemporary arts museum.

There is more Roman history in the Jardins de la Fontaine, including the remains of the Temple de Diane. These are not the only reason to visit the 18th-century formal garden. There are canals, bridges, statues and a magnificent fountain.

Drive or take the bus to Pont du Gard, about 14 miles (22.5 kilometers) from the city. This Roman aqueduct bridge crosses the Gardon River and once carried water into Nimes from the town of Uzès. During the summer, relax on the beaches and swim in the river in the shadow of this marvel of Roman engineering.

At night, dine in a cozy brasserie or upscale restaurant, then round off the evening with a drink at a late-night bar on Ave Victor Hugo. During your trip you may hear locals telling you proudly about one of the city’s claims to fame. Denim was invented here and the name translates as “from Nimes”.

Nimes is situated in southern France, around than 35 miles (48 kilometers) from Montpellier, where there is an international airport. If you are just staying in the city, you can easily get around on foot, because all the main historic sights, museums and gardens are within easy walking distance of each other. If you rent a car, consider a daytrip to nearby Uzés, a medieval market town.

Where to stay in Nîmes

Best Western l'Orangerie
Best Western l'Orangerie
3 out of 5
Fully refundable
The price is £51 per night from 11 Feb to 12 Feb
Located in Route d'Arles, this golf hotel is within 1 mi (2 km) of Nemausus, Parc Expo Nimes and Nimes Arena. Nîmes Museum of Natural History and Prehistory ...
4/5 Very Good! (415 reviews)
"Does the basics well: Comfortable, clean room. Pleasant pool. Relaxed atmosphere."

Reviewed on 23 Jul 2021

Best Western l'Orangerie
Novotel Atria Nimes Centre
Novotel Atria Nimes Centre
4 out of 5
5 Boulevard De Prague, Nîmes, Gard
The price is £73 per night from 4 Feb to 5 Feb
This family-friendly Nîmes hotel is located on the boardwalk, within a 10-minute walk of Nimes Cathedral and Nimes Arena. Office de Tourisme de Nimes and Maison ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (544 reviews)
"Location, really close to all attactions"

Reviewed on 29 Dec 2021

Novotel Atria Nimes Centre
Royal Hotel
Royal Hotel
3 out of 5
The price is £63 per night from 18 Feb to 19 Feb
Located in Nimes City Centre, this hotel is steps away from Maison Carree and Theater de Nimes. Nimes Cathedral and Nimes Arena are also within 10 minutes. Nîmes ...
3.8/5 Good! (142 reviews)
Great staff
"Terrific staff, very friendly and accomodating."

Reviewed on 31 Dec 2020

Royal Hotel
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nîmes Centre
Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nîmes Centre
3 out of 5
The price is £49 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Quartier Administrations, this residence is within a 15-minute walk of Nemausus, Nîmes Museum of Natural History and Prehistory and Nimes Museum of ...
3.9/5 Good! (543 reviews)
"No front desk after 9 pm, hotel locked and needed pass code to get in. Multiple homeless men sleeping in front of the door makes for a scary experience for a woman trying to get in."

Reviewed on 3 Oct 2021

Zenitude Hôtel-Résidences Nîmes Centre
Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
4 out of 5
1, boulevard de Bruxelles, Nîmes
The price is £68 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Quartier Administrations, this aparthotel is 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Musée de la Romanité and 0.3 mi (0.5 km) from Nimes Arena. Nimes Museum of Fine ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (577 reviews)
Oui mais ...
"Très bon emplacement Très bon accueil Bonne literie Calme parfait Mais ... Baignoire sale et murs de chambre marqués par l'usage Eau chaude pas assez chaude pour remplir la baignoire Expérience globalement satisfaisante, mais quelques désagréments qui m'inciteront probablement à tester un autre établissement ..."

Reviewed on 22 Sep 2021

Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Golf & Résidence de Nîmes Vacquerolles
Golf & Résidence de Nîmes Vacquerolles
The price is £68 per night from 23 Jan to 24 Jan
Located in Garrigues, this golf aparthotel is within 6 mi (10 km) of Maison Carree, Fountain Gardens and Theater de Nimes. Nimes Arena and Musée de la Romanité ...
4.6/5 Wonderful! (12 reviews)
Séjour très agréable sur un golf magnifique
"Studio très confortable avec vue sur le golf. Le parcours est très bien entretenu et la visite des biches surprenante et agréable. C’est la première fois que je vois un Pitch and putt aussi bien préparé."

Reviewed on 8 Aug 2021

Golf & Résidence de Nîmes Vacquerolles
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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