Nîmes – famous for the origin of denim fabric (de Nîmes = of Nîmes) and a well preserved Roman arena

Nîmes arena

Nîmes arena

Population: 150,000
Distance from Uzès: 24km
Market Day: Monday

Around half an hour by car from Uzès, Nîmes had its origin in 6th century BC and became a Gallo-Roman colony under Latin law and many significant Roman monuments were built. Much later in the 16th century it was famous for its textile industry  such as serge fabric of denim fame and in the 19th century for its vineyards.

 

Nîmes streetscape
If visiting and have a choice of going by car or bus then suggest bus can be preferable as for €1,50 per person one way you can avoid the headaches that can come with finding a park in Nîmes.

The bus arrives at the rear of the train station and it is easy to walk through to the front of the station and down Avenue Feuchères to the Boulevard de la Liberation where the Roman Arena will appear on the left.

This arena is still used today for public events including operas and bull fights and is one of the most complete in existence. It has an excellent audio guide to accompany the history of gladiatorial combat techniques and weaponry through the ages.

La Maison Carré

La Maison Carré

shopping

In addition is the Roman Temple – “Maison Carrée”which is a fully preserved temple from Antiquity and depicts the Imperial era and past history of Nîmes through a multimedia presentation. This area has many beautiful apartment buildings,high end shops and theatres in narrow pedestrianised lanes opening out to various “places” where many outdoor cafes and restaurants are found.

Large underground car parking can be utilised if you do drive in to the city and is very convenient to the centre attractions if you are a confident driver.

 

View from Tour MagnumLa Tour Magne – is in the Gardens of the Fountain and has excellent views over Nîmes and the Castellum is of interest as it was built between 40 -60 AD and is a circular tank which held the water brought via the aqueduct from Uzès passing through the world heritage Pont du Gard. The gardens themselves are very attractive and there are outdoor eating areas and many bike paths.

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