An interesting ticket deal
If you intend to visit not only NImes but also Orange and Les Baux en Provence or at least two out of these 3 places you can buy at the principal sights of any of these places a ticket which covers not only the main attractions in the city you are actually visiting but also the principal attractions of the both others - or one of the other two cities, depending of the type of ticket you are buying. You can save a lot!
PONT DU GARD
The only remaining three-tier Roman Aquaduct in the world, the PONT DU GARD crosses the River Gard. The Roman architects and engineers who designed and built the aquaduct around 20 BC , created a technical as well as an artistic masterpiece.
Carré d'Art - Musée d'Art contemporain
Nimes Museum of Contemporary Art was designed by the famous British architect, Norman Foster. It’s one of the most modern buildings in Nimes, though it’s not to everyone’s taste. It looks more like a modern airport terminal to me. The museum is opposite the famous Maison Carree, the best known monument in Nimes.
Les Baux de Provence
Les Baux de Provence
This out of the way plateau host beautiful ruins that erosion is still chewing on over time.
Temperature of this plateau can be 10-15 degrees higher than the lower plains. The view from up there is incredible, vineyards and olive groves. Get a guide to catch a glimpse of the life of the previous occupants.
More Info: Unfortunately, parking on the windy crowded road can almost be impossible depending on the season. Ask for advice.
Classification: Museums , Hiking , Photography , Site Seeing
"How Did I End Up Here?"
I hadn't even heard of Nîmes before I decided to fly there on a cheap flight with Ryanair (notorious for flying to out of the way airports!), but I was wonderfully surprised by the charming town I had discovered. It was a wonderful way to begin my vacation, and I stayed longer than I had originally intended.
"What's in a Name?"
"The city derives its name from Nemausus 'From The Source'. The contemporary symbol and shield of the city of Nîmes, a crocodile chained to a palm tree with the inscription 'COLNEM' or abbreviation of 'Colonia Nemausus', is a reference to the colony of Roman legions veterans in Caesar's Nile campaigns. At the end of fifteen years of soldiering, the veterans were given plots of land to cultivate on the plain of Nîmes.
Nîmes was located on the Via Domitia, a Roman road constructed in 118 BC, connecting Italy to Spain."
*Evidence of a hut village remains from the Bronze Age.
*Nîmes became a Roman colony around 50BC (as evidenced by the Roman architecture that remains to this date: amphitheatre, Maison Caree, etc.).
*The word 'denim' is believed to be derived from "serge de Nîmes," serge being a twill fabric with a similar weave to denim.