PONT DU GARD (ROMAN AQUEDUCT) (UNESCO SITE SINCE 1985)
NIMES (UNESCO CANDIDATE 2017)

The Gard is an authentic and generous region marked by significant historical events from prehistory to Roman and medieval times. A fragrant whiff of eternity, to be relished through remaínsand historical monuments…
Take some blue to paint the Mediterranean, a few touches of green and brown to delineate the close packed bushes of the garrigue, some ochre and beige for the stone houses of the villages – and you have a pretty good picture of the Gard. A crossroads between Provence, the Languedoc, the Cévennes and the Camargue, this département joyfully celebrates the accents of the Midi. The world of the Romans, elegantly offered by the Pont du Gard, designated UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985. This sublime achievement, reminds us how indeliblythe Romans left their mark on this region. Nimes was given an amphitheatre seating 24,000 and an imperial temple (the “Maison carré”), and became a centre that actively promoted the Roman lifestyle in Gaul. Nímes will be presented by France to the Committee
of the World Heritage of Unesco in 2018. After the fall of the Roman Empire, many important strongholds appeared in the Middle Ages.
These included Saint-Gilles – a stopping point for pilgrims on the road to Saint-Jacques-de-Compostelle and a doorway to the Mediterranean, Aigues-Mortes, which Saint Louis turned into a major French port. Further north, the grey clouds of the Wars of Religion loomed overthe Cévennes.

Nature: along the paths of the Gard
Do you long for wide open spaces, cloudless horizons and intense moments in total communion with your surroundings? Then get your walking shoes and strike out from the main roads, so that you can really appreciate the pathways of the Gard… Whether in arid, schist-covered mountains, limestone garrigues fragrant with thyme or broad plains, you can ramble along the Winding scrubland paths ofthe Gard as the fancy takes you, enjoyíng a huge variety of landscapes,
sensations and colours.

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PROPOSED ROUTE

Day 1

Go on a four wheel drive safari in the Camargue, and see the ramparts of Aigues-Mortes, the salt mines, the local wildlife : black bulls, white horse and pink flamingos,…
Built in the 13th-century, the fortifications of Aigues-Mortes are a remarkably well preserved military structure. Guided visit of Saint-Gilles : one of the most important places for Christian pilgrimage in the twelfth century. Saint-Gilles is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 2

Visit of “Les Arènes de Nîmes, the best-preserved amphitheatre of the Roman world. Facing it, the Musée de la Romanité. A few steps further, superbly preserved, the Maison Carrée built in the first century AD
In the afternoon you will walk to the Jardins de la Fontaine laid out in the 18th century under Louis XV by J-P Mareschal and G. Dardalhon and climb at the top of the hill towards the Tour Magne.
This is the reason why, under the heading “Nîmes, antiquity in the present” the old city will be presented to the Committee of the World Heritage of Unesco in 2018.

Day 3

Guided visit of Uzès :This charming city is an architectural jewel that has been awarded the distinction of City of Art and History.
Visit the Pont du Gard : A true masterpiece of ancient architecture, the Pont du Gard aqueduct is one of the most beautiful Roman constructions in the region. UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1985.
Bambouseraie in Cevennes : In this bamboo forest, the micro-climate was conducive to the growth of the first giant bamboos planted in 1856. Exotic park, unique in Europe, with plant maze, aquatic garden, Laotian village with characteristic Laotian bamboo constructions, Dragon Valley, a strolling garden which plays with mineral / plant alternatives where spring flowers and autumn colors play a major role.

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Surroundings

Mont Aigoual, Gorges du Gardon, the Duchy of Uzes, Cevennes National Park, wildlife reserve of Camargue.

Main Connections

By plane:
Marseille Provence airport (lh30),
Montpellier airport (45mn),
Nimes airport

By train :
Paris (3h),
Lyon (lh3O)

Motorways :
A54 (Marseille),
A9 (Lyon-Barcelone)

CCI GARD
CHAMBRE DE COMMERCE ET D’INDUSTRIE DU GARD
Tel: +33 (0)4 66 879 879
Email: n.rouviere@gard.cci.fr
Web: www.gard.cci.fr