Nîmes is one of the oldest cities in Europe. It is also the city of spring, named after the Roman God Nemausus. In recent years Nîmes has been rediscovered as a weekend destination, thanks to, in large part, its beauty, rich architectural heritage and proximity to both the Mediterranean and Provence. There are also many exciting restaurants in the city, including Aux Plaisirs des Halles by Nîmes’ large indoor food market.


Smaller shops are usually open 09.00 - 12.00 and 14.00 - 19.00. Grocery stores usually stay open 09.00 - 17.00.

The City

It was the Romans who turned the small Gallic village of Nîmes into a city. Their presence is still felt today in the large number of Roman ruins, including the Pont du Gard aqueduct and the Maison Carée temple, considered to be the best-preserved Roman temple in the whole Mediterranean. In early medieval times, Nîmes lost much of its Roman sheen. It went from having a population of 25 000, to a mere 2 500. The residents of the city were left so vulnerable that they took refuge in the amphitheatre and fortified it. Some areas of the city, like La Fontaine, were abandoned completely. Since those days, the city has seen many changes. During the 11th century it once again grew stronger and larger, thanks to its wine, olive and sheepskin trade. In the 16th century, Nîmes was badly affected by the religious war between the French Protestants, the Huguenots and the Catholic Church. Today Nîmes is a well-healed city with a strong focus on tourism. Much of the city is being regenerated, and the old areas renovated, with a keen interest in preserving its Roman heritage. Nîmes has commissioned many accomplished architects to create interesting landmarks such as Carré d´Art. The word Denim has its birthplace in Nimes. It was used for a special fabric originated here and became known as: de Nimes - "Denim".

Do & See

Nîmes is a city with two thousand years of history which are displayed around the city with cathedrals, roman temple, amphitheatre, gardens and the medieval market town of Uzès. Here you can wander through streets and squares and look at the historical attractions. You will find plenty of interesting things to do while visiting Nîmes.

The Old Town’s small squares are the places to go for cafés - place aux Herbes, place du Marché and place de la Maison-Carree. Boulevard Victor Hugo also has its fair share of cafés.

The City Map

Things to do in the city
Explore the different options in the area
Maison Carrée
Notre Dame and Saint Castor
Carré D’art
Pont du Gard
Les Arènes
Jardins de la Fontaine
Cinema Le Semaphore
Golf de Nimes Vacquerolles
Musee des Beaux-Arts
Parc Panda
Laser Game
Temple de Diane
Green Park
Escattes Aventure
Le Chapon Fin
Aux Plaisirs des Halles
Buffalo Grill de Nîmes