Nîmes

La Maison Carrée

Nîmes is a city with a population of around 137,000 in the département of Gard in the south of France. It has a stunning Roman Coliseum that is second only to Rome's. There are a few other fine Roman relics and Diana's Palace.

Understand

Get in

By train

TER (regional train) services by SNCF to Avignon, Arles and Montpellier. TGV services to Montpellier, Paris, Valence, Lyon, Lille and Spain.

By bus

Edgard operates buses to Nîmes from Arles (route C30) and the Pont du Gard (route C21). A one-way ticket costs 1,50€ per person.

By plane

Nîmes-Garons Airportis located around 20km from the city centre. Ryanair operates regular flights to Nîmes from London (Luton) and Liverpool in England and Brussels (Charleroi) in Belgium. Prices for a one-way flight start from 8€ per person (including tax). In the summer, Iberia also operates flights to Nîmes from Palma de Mallorca on Saturdays. A shuttle bus runs between the airport and Nîmes city centre (5€ per person for a one-way ticket).

By car

You can access Nîmes via Autoroute A9 or A54.

Get around

The main sights are all within comfortable walking distance of each other.

See

Les Arènes

Culturespaces operates the Arenes de Nîmes, Maison Carrée and the Tour Magne and offers a combined ticket.

Museums

Eat

The local speciality is the "brandade", chopped cod mixed with mashed potatoes, milk, garlic and olive oil. It can be tasted in many restaurants. You can also try the "Gardiane de taureau", a ragout with bull meat and vegetables. As an appetizer, have toasted bread with "Tapenade", an olive puree made with olives, olive oil and garlic.

Drink

Late night bars along Ave Victor Hugo. Lulu is a popular gay bar at 10 Rue Curaterie, open Tuesday till Saturday from 11 pm.

Sleep

A beautiful and expensive hotel is The Imperator.

The FUAJ youth hostel has very friendly and informative local staff.

The Holiday Inn , Mercure , Ibis , Kyriad , Nimotel , Balladins and the Hotel Formule 1 are all located in the retail park Parc Hotelier Ville Active, about 30 minutes' walk from the town centre (and over the main road from Carrefour hypermarket).

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