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Near Bagnols-sur-Cèze

Roman Nîmes

As the capital of the Gard region, Nîmes has a lot to offer. You won't want to miss its Roman arena, one of the best preserved in the world! On the same square stands the Musée de la Romanité. Recently opened, this is the museum to visit if you want to find out more about Nîmes' ancient past. 

The iconic Maison Carrée is another of the city's must-sees. Finally, don't miss the Jardin de la Fontaine and its Tour Magne, a haven of peace right in the heart of the city.

The Nîmes Tourist Office offers a wide range of themed guided tours all year round to discover the capital of the Gard region from every angle. 

For more details, see the article:  visiter Nîmes en un week-end.

Uzès, the pearl of Gard

After crossing the sublime Gardon gorges that separate Nîmes from Uzès, you'll arrive in the heart of the town nicknamed "Little Tuscany". Heritage lovers will know it for its ducal castle, while those with a sweet tooth will love its Haribo Candy Museum. 

Our favourite thing to do is to walk down into the Eure valley, the perfect place for a picnic or a cool break. You can also simply wander around the historic centre and stop off at one of the many art shops. Uzès is clearly a great place to stroll around!

A little extra: the farmers' market on Wednesday mornings is the perfect place to stock up on local produce.

The Pont du Gard, Roman jewel

When you choose the Gard as your holiday destination, the first image that springs to mind is its famous bridge, and it's easy to see why! Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, it is a veritable jewel of Roman architecture.

And did you know that the Pont du Gard is actually part of an aqueduct over 50 kilometres long? In Roman times, it was used to link its source in Uzès to the Castellum of Nîmes, in order to supply the city's fountains and baths with water.

If you want to visit the Pont du Gard, there's no entrance fee! 

The little extra: in summer, guided tours are organised every day to visit the pipes on the 3rd floor of the bridge! You'll be overlooking the Gardon at a height of 48 metres. You won't be disappointed.

The most beautiful villages of France in the Gard

Lussan, Montclus, La Roque-sur-Cèze and Aiguèze - these villages are not far from each other, and they all have one thing in common: they've been designated the most beautiful villages in France. They're perfect for a short road trip in the north of the Gard.

Lussan, a hilltop village with a covered way, invites you to take a stroll. Just a few minutes' drive from the village, you absolutely must visit the Concluses de Lussan. A magnificent natural site of gorges carved out by the river Aiguillon, offering a lunar landscape. A 1 km walk accessible to all takes you to the gateway to the Concluses.

On the banks of the River Cèze, let Montclus surprise you. The village has transported us back in time with its medieval streets and peaceful atmosphere.

Goudargues, the Venice of the Gard. If you're looking for a charming village to explore, add Goudargues to your list. You won't be able to resist the typical charm of this place.

La-Roque-sur-Cèze is certainly one of the most picturesque. Perched on a hill, the village offers stunning views over the surrounding countryside. The streets are lined with traditional stone houses, and there are several churches and other historic buildings to explore.

Barjac is known for its picturesque setting and historic monuments. Visitors can explore its winding streets, visit its many churches and museums, and enjoy views of the surrounding countryside.

Aiguèze, with its panoramic views over the Ardèche gorges, is well worth a visit during a weekend in the Gard.

Natural sites

The Cascades du Sautadet at La Roque-sur-Cèze feature a series of waterfalls and rapids.

An emblematic natural site in the Provence Occitane region, the Cascades du Sautadet are an exceptional geological site formed by the river Cèze.

After the waterfalls, there's a beach where you can swim and enjoy the coolness of the river.

The Grotte de la Salamandre. Welcome to the Kingdom of the Crystal Giants. Discover this fairytale cave decorated with titanic concretions set off by colour and sound: activities and excitement for all.

The little extra: the Plage du Roy next to the Grotte de la Salamandre is the perfect place to cool off out of sight.

The gorges du Gardon. They are not as famous as those of the Verdon, but just as beautiful and, above all, just as well-preserved. The Gorges du Gardon have been awarded the "Biosphere Reserve" label by UNESCO.

A little extra: discover them by canoe or kayak, with the highlight of the trip being the passage under the Pont du Gard.


And more...

The Ardèche: its gorges, its Pont d'Arc, its caves....

. The Ardèche Gorges Nature Reserve

. Canoeing down the Gorges de l'Ardèche (the Plage de Sauze at Saint-Martin-d'Ardèche is 30 km from Bagnols sur Cèze)

. The UNESCO-labelled Chauvet-Pont d'Arc cave and its replica, the Caverne du Pont d'Arc.

Aigues-Mortes and the Camargue Gardoise. Between the medieval town and the bright pink salt marshes.

The Côte du Rhône wine route in the Gard and Vaucluse.

Playful and welcoming, the Espace Rabelais in Bagnols sur Cèze invites you to enjoy a sensory experience: discovering the world of wine in the Gard rhodanien.

The winegrowers offer wine tastings, cellar tours and a wide range of wine tourism activities.

Châteauneuf-du-Pape, the most famous AOC (Controlled Designation of Origin) in the area, is just 28 km away.

Chateauneuf Pope

Avignon. A city of art, it was the capital of Christendom in the 14th century and has inherited an extraordinary heritage: chapels, churches, ramparts and, of course, the Palais des Papes and the Pont St Bénézet, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its theatre festival, created by Jean Vilar, makes it the world's leading summer venue for live theatre. Given its rich history, heritage and intense cultural life throughout the year, in 2000 Avignon was elected European City of Culture on the Rhône coast in the Gard and Vaucluse regions.

(35 km from Bagnols sur Cèze)

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