Nimes

Nimes

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About Nimes

A Key Roman Outpost

A breath-taking aqueduct, mysterious temples to ancient gods and a magnificent amphitheatre – while they might sound like sights you could only catch in the heart of Rome, all of these can be found in the French city of Nimes. In fact, experts claim that Nimes has existed for over 2000 years and was one of the earliest outposts of the Roman Empire. Today Nimes is a bustling modern city with one eye on the past and another into the future, making it the perfect choice for your next weekend getaway.

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The countryside around Nimes is teeming with villas and resorts for tourists to enjoy. The very best accommodation on offer may be the Le Pre Galoffre, which has rustic French chic accompanied with the modern convenience you’d expect from any city hotel. Alternatively, thrifty travellers can find a deal at any of the hotels in the city centre, such as the Ibis Styles Nimes Gare Centre or the Hotel de L'Amphitheatre.

The most obvious souvenirs from Nimes are the various keepsakes sold at the gift shops close to the wonderful monuments surrounding the city. However, there are plenty of other hidden gems to be found. Shoppers will want to explore the labyrinthine backstreets of the old town, where everything from vintage posters to mouth-watering treats can be bought.

Combining food from three of the world’s most beloved culinary cultures, France, Spain and Italy, Nimes has plenty to offer foodie visitors. If you want to really impress your fellow travellers, consider a trip to Le Lisita, a Michelin-starred restaurant with an incredible atmosphere and a world-class wine cellar. Alternatively, there are plenty of cafes throughout the city that open onto the streets and serve a delicious combination of Nimes cuisine, perfect for relaxing and watching the world go by.  

Cherry-picking the very best celebrations from the cultures of Italy, Spain and France, Nimes has a diverse schedule of festivals. If you want to enjoy some of the unique culture of Nimes we have a few events to recommend:

 

Nimes Festival

Featuring some of the most famous artists in the world, including Muse, David Bowie and Depeche Mode in recent years, the Nimes Festival is a great alternative to the many pricey festivals of the UK. There’s plenty of nearby campsites as well for those who want a true festival experience.

 

The Great Roman Games

Held in May every year, The Great Roman Games see the amphitheatre of Nimes resurrected as the stands are packed once again and the sandy arena is filled with displays reconstructing classic Roman bouts. It’s a fantastic experience for the whole family and well-worth your time if you’re a fan of ancient history.

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Language:French
Currency:Euro
Time zone:GMT + 1 hour
Flight time:1 hour 55 mins
Airport code:FNI
Holiday type:City Break / History & Culture

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