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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

Top hotels in Nîmes

Best Western Le Marquis de La Baume
Best Western Le Marquis de La Baume
4 out of 5
21, Rue Nationale, Nîmes, Gard
The price is £77 per night from 20 Feb to 21 Feb

Located in Nimes City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Herbes Square and Nimes Arena. Les Halles de Nîmes and Old Nimes Museum are also within ...

3.9/5Good! (489 reviews)
Digne d'un 4 étoiles

"Parfait, magnifique, propre, très bien insonorisé Petit bémol pour se garer"…"

Reviewed on 30 Sep 2020

Best Western Le Marquis de La Baume
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
3 out of 5
The price is £48 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

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! (424 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
Novotel Atria Nimes Centre
Novotel Atria Nimes Centre
4 out of 5
5 Boulevard De Prague, Nîmes, Gard
The price is £77 per night from 20 Feb to 21 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 ...

4.1/5Very Good! (488 reviews)

"Good location. Nice hotel. Clean rooms, comfy beds. Nice staff."…"

Reviewed on 30 Aug 2020

Novotel Atria Nimes Centre
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

Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
Odalys City Nîmes Le Cheval Blanc
3 out of 5
The price is £48 per night from 21 Feb to 22 Feb

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! (424 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
Zenitude Hotel-Residences Nîmes - Nîmes Centre
Zenitude Hotel-Residences Nîmes - Nîmes Centre
3 out of 5
5 Allee Boissy D Anglas, Triangle de la Gare, Nîmes, Gard
The price is £42 per night from 6 Feb to 7 Feb

Located in Quartier Administrations, this residence is within a 10-minute walk of Nemausus and Nîmes Museum of Natural History and Prehistory. Nimes Museum of ...

3.9/5Good! (520 reviews)

"Had a great few days in Nimes to celebrate my sisters birthday. There was a great choice of restaurants. The hotel was well placed in the bus station to venture further afield which we did. The staff at Zenitude were pleasant and very helpful. A very enjoyable cultural break."…"

Reviewed on 21 Oct 2019

Zenitude Hotel-Residences Nîmes - Nîmes Centre
Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
4 out of 5
The price is £72 per night from 26 Jan to 27 Jan

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! (495 reviews)

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

Reviewed on 25 Aug 2020

Appart'City Confort Nîmes Arènes
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

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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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