Nîmes' traffic-clogged, concrete-heavy outskirts provide a pretty uninspiring introduction to this ancient southern city, but push on and you'll discover some of southern France's best-preserved Roman buildings – including a 2000-year-old temple and a magnificent amphitheatre, where bullfights and gladiatorial battles are still staged.
Nîmes has a long-standing rivalry with nearby Montpellier, but it's perhaps best-known these days for its contribution to couture – namely the hard-wearing twill fabric known as serge de Nîmes, traditionally worn by agricultural labourers across the Languedoc, and nowadays known to all as denim.
Nîmes destination guides
Saint Remy, Les Baux and Pont du Gard Small Group Day Trip
Journey to Saint Remy de Provence for stop at the Antiques (Triumphal Arch and funeral monument) located in a field of olive trees; a landscape painted several times by Van Gogh. Visit Les Baux de Provence, village located upon a rock at 245 meters high, with its historical center: the Museum of Santons, the Hotel des Porcelets, beautiful houses of the 16th century, the St.
Stevenson's Trail: The Cevennes 10 Day Guided Walk
A guided walk in the French countryside along the Stevenson's Trail in the Massif Central