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Introducing Nîmes

Nîmes is a busy commercial city these days, but two millennia ago it was one of the most important cities of Roman Gaul – a fact that’s made clear by the city’s collection of Roman buildings, including a magnificent amphitheatre and 2000 year-old temple.

Though not quite as dynamic as Montpellier, Nîmes is nonetheless an attractive city, with plenty of museums and markets to explore, as well as a host of high-profile festivals throughout the year. It’s also famous for its contribution to global couture – namely the hard-wearing twill fabric known as serge de Nîmes, traditionally worn by agricultural labourers, and nowadays known to all as denim.