If you’re visiting Provence on your upcoming vacation to France, then there’s one city you cannot miss: Nîmes! This gorgeous roman city has stood the test of time and is a must-see during your trip to the South of France. See incredible historic sites, stroll through elegant gardens, and eat delicious food—these are among some of the best things to do in Nîmes! Read on to learn more and plan the best day trip to one of our favorite French cities.
5 Things to Do in Nîmes You’ll Love
Nîmes is more than a beautiful French city—it’s a real temple of history! Did you know that it was once called Nemausus? Back in the days of the Roman empire, it was an important hub along the famous Via Domitia: The first Roman road built in France (then known as Gaul). It’s the perfect destination for history buffs, and is only 30 minutes away from our properties in Uzès! Let’s dive in and discover five things you need to do while in Nîmes.
Your first stop is one of Nîme’s most famous buildings: Les Arènes. This Roman amphitheater is more than 2,000 years old and is used today as a stage for various events and concerts. Did you know it can host up to 24,000 spectators? If you love amphitheaters, make sure you also stop by the one in Arles! It will make for another fun day trip.
Jardins de la Fontaine
If you enjoy the outdoors, particularly French gardens, you must take a stroll through the Jardins de la Fontaine. Feel like Marie-Antoinette as you walk through these grand 18th-century gardens and marvel at the balustrades, broad stairways, various statues, and marble vases. Did you know that the Jardins de la Fontaine was one of Europe’s first public parks? Make sure you stop by the Temple of Diane, an impressive Roman monument (which supposedly used to be a library in Roman times).
Musée des Beaux-Arts
How does traveling back in time through art sound? The Musée des Beaux-Arts, or Fine Arts Museum, hosts a beautiful collection of paintings from the 1500s to the 1800s. This fascinating museum, founded in 1821, is the second largest in the Languedoc-Roussillon region. It hosts several works by artists like Rubens, Paul Delaroche, and Pieter Coecke Van Aelst.
Pont du Gard
Nîmes is also home to one of the most iconic Roman buildings in the world: the Pont du Gard! This 50-kilometer long aqueduct was built in the 1st century A.D. and features three stories of limestone blocks as well as impressive 25-meter arch gaps. It’s an absolute must-see during your trip—you’ll learn so much about South of France history as you enjoy beautiful views of the Provençal countryside.
After visiting these marvelous sites, you’ll most likely be hungry! Head over to the Halles de Nîmes and discover a wide array of fantastic Provence products. This amazing covered market offers a sumptuous display of olives, oysters, peppers, fresh fish, meat, cheeses, bread, charcuterie, fruits, vegetables, and cooked meals! We highly recommend the paella—it’s to die for!
What Are You Waiting For? Provence is Calling!
Now that you know what an amazing trip you can have in Provence, it’s time to make arrangements. Why stay in a hotel when you can find a home away from home? Commendable Rentals offers several stunning properties in the lovely village of Uzès. Make yourself at home with loved ones, and enjoy the French lifestyle like a true local. Don’t wait another second — book yours today!