Nîmes Travel Guide

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Nîmes Highlights

  • Pro
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     Roman Ruins, good base for exploring Provence 

  • Con
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     A bit grubby round the edges 

  • In a nutshell
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     Impressive architecture rich in Roman history and monuments 

Nîmes Things to Do

  • Pont du Gard

    Located very close to Nimes is the Pont du Gard, an aqueduct built by the Romans. It's the singularly most impressive Roman sight in this area of southern France, the 18€ parking fee seems a bit steep but it covers up to 5 people (not that there was anyone counting the number of people in your car). If you come in on foot or bicycle there is no...

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  • Pont du Gard

    Not strictly in Nimes, but accessible from it, this impressive Roman construction is the only remaining three tier Roman aqueduct in the world. Buses to the Pont du Gard run regularly from behind the train station in Nimes, take about an hour, and cost about 10 euros for a return ticket. It's a local bus, not a tour, so you'll need to organise your...

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  • Tour Magne

    The 3rd attraction on our pass was the Tour Magne (Great Tower) which involved a bit of a climb through the garden and up the hill. And of course since it's a tower, another 100 or so steps to get to the top. The area at the top of the tower isn't very large, we were sandwiched in between two groups of school kids, once the 2nd group arrived, we...

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Nîmes Restaurants

  • Real deal pizza

    We only ordered the pizza. It was magnifique. I am not quite sure how they get their tomatoes so tasty, but they they were the best. We ordered three pizzas for three people;one too many. I made pizzas for over 10years and this was the best single bite of pizza I have ever eaten. The decor and ambience was very modern and fairly masculine. I found...

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  • Creative and friendly

    My first impression of this restaurant was good. I liked the decor and the waiter was very nice. The appetizer started out not so well however. We ordered the "Toblerone" foil gras and I should have paid more attention to the name. Liver and chocolate do not blend very well in my opinion. The main course was magnifique! I had duck with mushrooms...

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  • Very smiley staff

    Set in the little Place aux Herbes opposite the cathedral, this bar/cafe impressed me with the cheeriness and courtesy of its staff.They serve all the usual bar/cafe drinks and snacks, of course, including draught beer (beer a la pression).It was very busy with locals whenever I walked past, which is always a good sign.

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Nîmes Nightlife

  • hotel de mairie

    just near the hotel de marie, round the corner from the Au Bureau and the irish pub, is a tapas bar in the form of caves. it is a bit small, but if you go with the right crowd its a great night out. cloakroom facilities and free entry. two bars and lots of nooks and crannies. amusez-vous bien!!

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  • dancing outside

    i lived here for 4 months, and even at the height of the tourist season the nightlife was pretty grim. we mainly went to the Maison Carree (there are signs everywhere) where there are a few good cafes, which are outside in the summer. our faveourite was cafe carre, but towards september everything seemed to shut down. night clubs are few. Lulu is a...

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  • Opera

    If you are planning a visit to Nîmes, you have to visit an Opera at the antique Arena of the city. Check www.nimes.fr to find out when the Opera´s are performed. It doesn´t matter weither you like opera´s or not, the whole atmosphere alone is worth a visit!

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Nîmes Transportation

  • Good old Ryanair

    The Ryanair service connects nimes to luton, Liverpool, fez and brusselsThe Airport itself is very small, and only seems to operate a couple of other routes within France itself.

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  • Travelling with (young) kids.

    Are you nervous about taking your baby or child on a plane trip? You aren't alone, most parents are nervous about it. We have moved with the kids to Alkmaar by car this holiday and drove some distances by car on when we were there and we learned a few things that hopefully will help you. General: Bring books, old favourite toys and new surprise...

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  • Parking in Nimes

    After getting a very expensive parking ticket in Ireland, a country where I CAN read the language, I'm always a little reluctant to try and find street parking in foreign countries where I'm a little shaky on it so in the larger tourist oriented cities, we just located a parking garage which is what we did in Nimes. You can follow the blue P signs...

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  • Surrender monkeys favourite food shop

    Certain Americans (e.g the Shrub) may describe the French as cheese eating surrender monkeys - but what cheese !And don't forget all the great pates and cured meats as well.This little shop as a great selection and is displayed with style and artistry. They even have their own trendy liitle Smart car parked outside.And to think : Napoleon called...

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  • An unusual shop - not to everyones taste...

    This shop comes very much into the 'other' category as it is a shop dedicated to bullfighting, and primarilly to the adulation of one Marc Serrano.The shop contains some excellent works of art in various media, all on the bullfighting theme.There are also very overpriced calendars, postcards and suchlike.Whatever your views on the subject the...

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Nîmes Local Customs

  • Voltage, frequency and plug ins.

    Maybe it sounds a bit weird, but as an experience traveler I know that you every now and then need this kind of information in advance: electricity in France is 230 Volts, alternating at 50 cycles per second. If you travel to France with a device that does not accept 230 Volts at 50 Hertz, you will need a voltage converter.There are three main...

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  • Local Food dish: Brandade

    If, like me, you like to try local specialties, you may decide to order Brandade (or Brandade de Morue Nîmes to give it's sunday name). This is a cod based mousse dish. The thing is, I have tried it a few times and always burn my mouth, once very badly. For some reason, it holds the heat inside so that when you take a mouthful, it feels ok at first...

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  • Always say Bonjour

    As with other places in Europe, it's customary to greet the shop keepers any time you walk into a store. Always say "bonjour" and "au revior" or else you'll be considered rude - and obviously foreign. If you are there in July or January, you will be able to experince "les soldes." These are the only months when retial stores have big sales. I've...

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Nîmes Warnings and Dangers

  • Do drink enough!!!

    For years, we have all been told of the importance of water. The general guideline has been to drink 2 liter of water each day. For a person who is not living an active lifestyle this may be enough, but if you are physically active, you need more water than that. That is especially true if you are hiking in the Alkmaar area due to the fact the...

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  • Reading a map!

    Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus, the catchy title of the 1992 bestseller by John Gray, succinctly expresses an ancient dilemma. What--if anything--do men's and women's brains do differently?The general statement that men and women respond and behave differently under the same circumstances is true; For example, from the crib, male babies...

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  • Queues

    This may not apply if you visit Nimes at other times, or out of season.But if you go in August expect (very) long queues to get into the amphitheatre and Maison Carre.Not only are there visitors from abroad (and one or two school parties), but it seems many French people like to visit in their holidays too.The queues were simply too long for me to...

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Nîmes Tourist Traps

  • by geoffcops Written Apr 6, 2007

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    Don't do what we did. nimes airport has no food or hot drinks only one cold bottle/can dispenser machine the other side of customs. so once you have checked in dont go through the gates until the last minute go to the bars after checking your lugage. we went straight through and then we expected to see a bar. there is only a waiting room ( NO SMOKING). we sat for two hours then the plane was delayed another two hours, this is not fun. but it enables you to catch up on sleep.

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Nîmes What to Pack

  • Travel light!

    * Map and guidebook;* Crackers;* 2 Liter of water;* Fruit / power bars. * Hiking boots;* 1 extra t-shirt;* Shorts with many pockets;* Sunglasses;* Fleece type jacket;* Hat / cap;* Raincoat. * Lip balm;* (Neck) sunblock;* Band-aids. * Camera and lots of SD cards!* Filter;* Extra batteries;* Lens 210 mm. * Binocular;* Compass.

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  • Folding umbrella for dates outside high...

    Nimes has great weather, but outside of the obvious high summer dates, it can rain unexpectadely, even on nice-ish days. After many years visiting, I always carry a fold down umbrella. Doesn't take much room but very useful from time to time when you least expect it.

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  • Packing List

    Oh Marcel, tu tires ou tu pointes?[Oh Marcel, you shoot or you place?]. This is the non-ending question, the to be or not to be of this game. The word Pétanque comes from the provencal language, and means in french 'Pied-tanqué' and in english 'joined-foot'. Because when you play this game your foot are joined.Played around the Jardins de la...

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Nîmes Off The Beaten Path

  • Pont du Gard – UNESCO World Heritage...

    Built in the 1st century AD, the Pont du Gard is the highest of all Roman aqueduct bridges and is the best preserved. It was added to UNESCO's list of World Heritage Sites in 1985 because of its historical importance. From the 18th century onwards, particularly after the construction of the new road bridge, it became a famous staging-post for...

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  • Pont du Gard – How about the entrance...

    While we were walking towards the Pont du Gard we heared a lot of complaints about the entrance fee that needed to be paid. We paid €18,- for vehicle to have it parked at the parking lot. We were unpleasantly surprised by this huge parking fee. I asked someone of the administration why it was this high. He answered very politely that it is €18,-...

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  • Pont du Gard – Bridge of the Gard.

    In the summer of 2011 we visited the southern part of France. We had stayed in Lyon for a night and were on our way to Narbonne, close to the French border with Spain. Driving over the highway A9 we decided it was time for a rest and a lunch. By that time we were close to Nimes and the exit Remoulins. Right in time to leave the highway and get on...

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Nîmes Sports & Outdoors

  • Watch A Game of Petanque (Or Boules)

    There were several games of petanque going on in the main park near the fountains. Each game was being strongly contested. All had brought their own sets of balls and cochonnets.

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  • What a load of boules

    The town has good facilities for this most french of french pastimes.I found intense games going on around the entrance to Jardins De la Fontaine and towards the southern end of the Boulevard Jean Jaures near the Pyramid (which is actually a memorial to the war dead including the victims of concentration camps)

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  • The Weather in Nimes

    Don’t forget to check the %L[http:// www.accuweather.com/world-index-forecast.asp?partner=accuweather&locCode=EUR|FR|FR013|NIMES|&u=1]Weather before the visit.

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  • General Info

    Tourist Office6 rue Auguste30020 Nîmes Cedex 01- Tel.: (+33) (0)4 66 58 38 15/20- Fax: (+33) (0)4 66 58 38 19- E. mail: info@ot-nimes.fr - groupes@ot-nimes.fr- Internet: www.ot-nimes.fr

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  • 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...

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