The capital of the Gard department is the city of Nimes, which was an important Roman settlement built by soldiers under the Emperor Augustus. In the centre of Nimes, you can still see remnants of the Roman times, including the Maison Carree (one of the best-preserved roman temples outside of Italy) and Les Arenes roman amphitheatre. But perhaps the most important Roman artifact, is the magnificent Pont du Gard aqueduct, that brought water from Uzes to Nimes.
Gard department, France
The Gard department (department number 30), was formed after the French Revolution and was named after the River Gardon. The Gard department borders both Provence and the Camargue and it shares the same laid back feel and old natural heritage of both these areas. The Gard area was settled by the Romans and the Via Domitia, the old Roman road from Rome to modern day Barcelona, was constructed in 118 BC.
The Gard has always been an important textile centre (the cloth for Denim jeans came from Nimes - de Nimes became Denim) and during the 19th Century it also became an important railway junction.
Tourist attractions Gard, France
On the coastline of the Gard department, on the Golfe de Lion, lies the ancient fishing port of Aigues Mortes. Well I say it is on the coastline, it is now actually 5kms inland, due to the river channel silting up. Aigues-Mortes was built in the 13th Century by Louis IX as a new port for France, but after the silt clogged up the access to the sea, a lot of the maritime traffic was transferred to nearby Marseille. Today however, it remains a well-preserved medieval town. Nearby to Aigues-Mortes, there is a fantastic beach called Espiguette, located near the resort town of Le Grau de Roi.
The Gard department contains many vineyards, but the landscape becomes more rocky and mountainous as you move inland. The villages tend to have a more Provençal flavour to them, with many of the old village houses using cut limestone, instead of the rough stone work of houses in the rest of the Languedoc. The Gard towns of Uzes and Sommieres are perhaps the most beautiful in Languedoc Roussillon.
Nimes: the old Roman town of Nimes, is the capital of the Gard department. With its old historical centre and remarkable Roman remains, including the Amphitheatre and the Maison Carrée, Nimes is a great place to spend a day in.
Uzes: the beautiful town of Uzes, situated in the Gard department is a delightful town to spend time in. The old Mansions that are dotted about the town, are witness to Uzes former wealth.
Sommeries: this picturesque town located in between Montpellier and Nimes, has a wide river running through it and a fantastic Saturday market that takes over the town (see Sommieres tourist information for more details)
Accommodation Gard, France
Go Languedoc has some excellent holiday rental properties to rent in the Gard department. Here is a selection of our more popular holiday rentals in Gard, France.
This South France holidays rental is located on the edge of Provence in the quaint old town of Sommieres, close to both Nimes and Montpelier. Villa Sommieres in the South France comprises 4 double bed rooms, two of which have en suite bathrooms. This South France holidays rental has a large private swimming pool, garden and terrace. This villa in Sommieres, South of France, sleeps up to 8 people with additional sofa beds in the lounge. The villa with pool is located on a hill above Sommieres and provides incredible views of the local South France countryside.
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This tranquil 18th century stone mill is located in the Languedoc-Roussillon area of Southern France. The outside of this large South of France holiday home is a paradise, with a private swimming pool, hot tub, river front, and waterfall on 10 acres of secluded land. This large 6 bedroom house with pool is set in picturesque surroundings, located 2km from the market town of St-Jean-du-Gard. The West Mill provides comfortable accommodation for 6-12 people, although this large spacious house has enough sleeping quarters for up to 17 adults and children. If you are looking for a large South of France holiday home with a pool, then you cannot do much better than the West Mill. Conveniently located to explore the sites of Languedoc, Provence and the South of France, this accommodation is perfectly set up for entertaining a large group.
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Le Moulin de Pattus is a beautiful 17th century Water Mill, now converted into 3 high quality gites in South of France, in between Nimes and Montpellier. The gites are situated on a river bank on the edge of the pretty village of Salinelles, which is close to the medieval town of Sommieres. These beautiful gites in South of France come with a heated, infinity pool which overlooks the river. These gites are a short drive (35 minutes) to the sandy beaches of the Mediterranean coast and are within walking distance of a couple of restaurants, a bar and a boulangerie/general store. These gites also come with a games room, adventure playground and mini-football. These gites in South of France also come with wifi internet and UK satellite TV channels.
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These French gites comprise of four chic, individual self-catering gites. The Maison Anila is located at the heart of Barjac, a stunning 'Village de Charactere' at the foot of the Cevennes in the sunny Languedoc-Roussillon. This beautiful 18th Century stone house sits in a tiny pedestrian cobbled street in the heart of Barjac. With it's many restaurants and boutiques it has a bustling ambiance in the summer months typical of rural French villages.
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