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Nîmes
Travel Guide

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

Top hotels in Nîmes

Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
4 out of 5
The price is £71 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Quartier Administrations, this residence is steps away from Musée de la Romanité and Nimes Arena. Nimes Museum of Fine Arts and Theater de Nimes are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (499 reviews)

"Great place, it is located at the best place of Nimes"…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
3 out of 5
The price is £53 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Quartier Administrations, this residence is steps away from Musée de la Romanité and Nimes Arena. Nîmes Museum of Natural History and Prehistory and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (426 reviews)
Rooms need maintain

"It is located at the center of the city which is good. The rooms are spacious but not furnished. Room not clean. The dinnerware were not clean. The parking can be a problem."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
Appart'City Nimes
Appart'City Nimes
3 out of 5
364 Allee de l'Amerique Latine, Nîmes, Gard
The price is £45 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in Costières, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc Expo Nimes and Nimes Arena. Costieres Stadium and Nemausus are also within 15 minutes. Nîmes ...

3.8/5Good! (476 reviews)
Between Train and Bus Stations

"The Appart'City Nimes was a decent hotel for what I needed. I arrived by train and was departing early the next morning by bus. This hotel was was closest to the FlixBus stop for a reasonable price. The young woman who checked me in was very friendly. The room was large enough and the kitchenette ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Appart'City Nimes
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.

Top Holiday Rentals in Nîmes

Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
4 out of 5
The price is £71 per night from 1 Mar to 2 Mar

Located in Quartier Administrations, this residence is steps away from Musée de la Romanité and Nimes Arena. Nimes Museum of Fine Arts and Theater de Nimes are ...

4.6/5Exceptional! (499 reviews)

"Great place, it is located at the best place of Nimes"…"

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
3 out of 5
The price is £53 per night from 21 Mar to 22 Mar

Located in Quartier Administrations, this residence is steps away from Musée de la Romanité and Nimes Arena. Nîmes Museum of Natural History and Prehistory and ...

3.9/5Very Good! (426 reviews)
Rooms need maintain

"It is located at the center of the city which is good. The rooms are spacious but not furnished. Room not clean. The dinnerware were not clean. The parking can be a problem."…"

Reviewed on 7 Jan 2020

Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
Appart'City Nimes
Appart'City Nimes
3 out of 5
364 Allee de l'Amerique Latine, Nîmes, Gard
The price is £45 per night from 12 Mar to 13 Mar

Located in Costières, this residence is within 1 mi (2 km) of Parc Expo Nimes and Nimes Arena. Costieres Stadium and Nemausus are also within 15 minutes. Nîmes ...

3.8/5Good! (476 reviews)
Between Train and Bus Stations

"The Appart'City Nimes was a decent hotel for what I needed. I arrived by train and was departing early the next morning by bus. This hotel was was closest to the FlixBus stop for a reasonable price. The young woman who checked me in was very friendly. The room was large enough and the kitchenette ..."…"

Reviewed on 1 Nov 2019

Appart'City Nimes
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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Reviews of Nîmes

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7 Mar 2020

Don't miss the archeology museum opposite the arena.

5/5 - Excellent

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30 Sep 2019

Beautiful from the moment you step out of the train station. Fascinating history and brilliant places to visit.

5/5 - Excellent

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17 Sep 2019

A lovely city, fabtastic Roman sites, beautiful gardens, clean, vibrant.

5/5 - Excellent

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26 Aug 2019

Amazing place

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

29 Jun 2019

Must see Jardins de la Fontaine & the Arena

5/5 - Excellent

Mel

1 Jun 2019

Easy convenient bus transfer to and from airport. (Around 6 euros) Good bus and train services to visit nearby Avignon and Arles.

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