Here Are the Top 5 Things to Do in Nîmes, France

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.

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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.

Les Arènes

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. 

Les Halles

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!

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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!

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Your Guide to the Best Provence Products

The South of France is a beautiful place to visit. Between its scenic landscapes, romantic riviera, and incredible history, it’s a dream come true for travelers. The most wonderful thing about Provence is the vast selection of products it offers. Picture juicy fruits and vegetables, tasty pastries, succulent oils, wines, cheeses, and traditional lavender creations. The list goes on and on, so keep reading to discover some of our favorites and get ready to come home with a suitcase full of goodies!

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Where to Find Fresh Local Products?

One of our favorite places to find delicious Provence products is the Uzès Market. Not only is it one of the most beautiful markets in France, but it’s also a prime spot to find delicious products and mingle with the locals. Picture yourself with a basket in hand and a baguette under your arm, strolling through the market and smelling the fresh foods. It’s a wonderful shopping adventure where you can choose from a wide range of Provence products and find unique gifts to bring home with you.

What Are the Most Iconic Provence Products?

  • Savon de Marseille

One of the most iconic products (and the easiest to bring back home!) is the savon de Marseille. Provence’s handcrafted soaps are famous for their quality and gentle cleansing. They have been a staple since the 9th century! The original recipe (that is still in use today) came about in 1688. We recommend buying lavender soaps –after all, it’s Provence’s authentic scent!

  • Rosé Wine

You can’t visit France and not indulge in some serious wine tasting. Provence offers great options for red and white wines, but its specialty is rosé. There’s nothing better than sipping this delicious beverage after a long, hot day. Look for the Duché d’Uzès wines on the market and taste some of their best rosés! You’ll love the fruity freshness. Get a bottle to bring home and pair it with a delicious olive tapenade toast and grilled sardines!

  • Olive Oil

Are you ready to taste the best olive oil you’ve ever tried in your life? With its shining sun and warm weather, Provence is a prime spot for harvesting olive oil. This product is more than a staple; it’s a whole culture! You can find a wide range of olive oils in Provence, all boasting lovely local names: Grossane, picholine, salonenque, aglandau, cayon, broutigan, cayanne, and more! Pair it with a delicious fougasse or baguette and you have yourself the perfect apéritif!

  • Goat Cheese

Another thing you want to indulge in as much as you can while in France is cheese! Did you know Provence is home to some of the best goat cheeses in the world? Alpine goats are abundant in the region and produce some of the freshest, most delicious milk. Provence’s goat cheese is usually fresh, spreads easily, and pairs perfectly with dried fruits, nuts, or herbes de Provence. If you’re in Uzès, head over to Fromagerie Albert to sample some of them!

  • Calissons d’Aix

If you have a sweet tooth and wish to taste a unique treat, then the calissons d’Aix are made for you! These delicious little sweets are indigenous to Provence. They are made of a smooth, pale yellow melon-candied paste and topped with a layer of hard almond icing. They’re exquisite –an absolute must-try! They are also great souvenirs, since you can tuck them in your checked bag.  

  • Truffles

Last but not least, try one of our all-time favorites: The truffe de Provence! These rare, underground mushrooms are a renowned product all around the world, and Provence is full of them. You can find three species there: The black truffle (also known as the black diamond), brumal truffle, and white truffle.

It’s such an iconic product that the town of Uzès even has a truffle festival (when they’re in season in January and February)! During that “Semaine de la truffe” (Truffle Week), all the local restaurants feature truffle specialties and dishes. You can even attend demonstrations on la Place aux Herbes, where pigs show off their truffle-finding skills.

Our “Chez Vous” Villa Is Perfect for Your Provence Getaway

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Chez Vous means “at your place” in French, and that’s precisely why it’s the ideal base camp for you and your loved ones. Make your trip to the South of France the best it can be with this beautiful 2-bedroom home. You’ll love its elegant and cozy decor—not to mention its proximity to the market on la Place aux Herbes! You can sip on an espresso in the morning out in the garden, go for a swim after lunch in your private swimming pool, and sleep under the gorgeous wooden beam ceiling every night. The master bedroom features a comfortable queen-sized bed, fine linens, and antique furnishings. The double-glazed windows and exterior shutters even keep the room cool during the afternoon sun.

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