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Nimes Office de tourisme
6 rue Auguste Nimes

Tel:+33 (0)4 66 58 38 00
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Nimes was founded by Emperor Augustus and prospered in 2nd century AD due to its proximity to a natural spring in Ales which brought water to the city via the Pont du Gard.  

Nimes has some of the best preserved Roman architecture in the world including Les Arenes or amphitheatre, a replica of the Colesseum in Rome.  It is here that many come to witness the Spanish style ferias or bullfights that take place particularly at Easter and during the summer months.  Nimes is also known for denim (de Nimes) which was first manufactured here for export to southern USA to clothe the slaves.   

The city is currently enjoying a design renaissance which ranges from innovative housing projects to a fantastic new arts complex.  There is much to see and do here with a three-day museum pass well worth it for the museum buffs among you!

What to See - Nimes Attractions

Pont du Gard
Pont du Gard on N106,
an amazing feat of Roman architecture and the highest bridge they ever made
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 37 51 10

25km NE of Nimes, Nimes
attractive old town perched hill town with restored Renaissance facades

Aigues-Mortes on D62, 34000
a charmingly preserved walled town with views out to the Petite Camargue

Kayaking on River Gard
Kayak Vert, Collias, 4km W of D981, Nimes
hire a kayak in Collias to experience the wild river Gard
| Admission charge | Opening Times: To call to book | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 22 80 76

Perrier Plant
Vergeze on RN113, 13km SW of Nimes, Nimes 30000
visit the Perrier spring & bottling plant
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Feb-Sep | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 87 61 01

Ferias or bullfighting
Bur. de Locations des arenes 2 rue de la violette, Nimes 30000
over the Spring festival in February; the Whitsuntide festival (feria de Pentecote) in June and 3rd week in September to tie in with grape harvest (feria des Vendanges)
| Admission charge | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 02 80 80

Jardin de la Fontaine
Quai de la Fontaine, Nimes 30000
formal gardens that combine a network of pools built in the 18th century

Musee Archeologique
Musee d'Histoire Naturelle, 13 bd Amiral Courbet, Nimes 30000
a great collection of Roman statues, ceramics, coins etc
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 76 74 80

Musee des Beaux Arts
Rue Cite Foulc, Nimes 30000
fine arts museum with Dutch, Flemish & Italian works
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 67 38 21

Musee du Desert
Le Mas Soubeyran, 5km north of Generargues,
history of the Camisards of Protestants who took refuge in the Cevennes whilst being hunted down by Louis XIV's army
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-Nov | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 85 02 72

Les Arenes
Bd des Arenes, Nimes 30000
one of the best preserved amphitheatres in the world
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Daily | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 76 72 77

Bambouseraie de Prafrance
Generargues, 12km SW of Ales,
Bamboo grove with over 150 species, aquatic gardens and replica of an Asian village
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Mar-mid Nov | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 61 70 47

Maison Carree
Place de la Maison Carree, Nimes 30000
this elegant Roman temple now houses excellent modern art exhibitions
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Tue-Sun | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 76 35 35

Mine Temoin
Chemin de la Cite Ste-Marie, Ales 30100
Guided tour of an actual coal mine
| Admission charge | Opening Times: Apr-mid Nov | Tel: +33 (0)4 66 30 45 15