Visit Gard, France
With such Roman monuments as the amphitheatre at Nimes and the aquaduct at Pont du Gard history plays a large role in Gard tourism...but don't overlook coastal towns such as fortified Aigues-Mortes or the desolate beauty of the Cevennes when you visit
Selected places to visit in Gard
Cevennes National Park
Pont du Gard
Prafrance bamboo garden
Gard, Languedoc: highlights
Gard is one of the departments of France that forms part of the Languedoc-Roussillon region of southern France. To the north of the Languedoc region, the department also includes a short stretch of Medietrranean coastline around Aigues-Mortes.
It is undoubtedly the eastern section of the Gard that attracts the most visitors because there are several important attractions. These include both the renowned Roman ruins to be seen at Nimes (and the attractive city itself), and also the Pont du Gard - a roman aqueduct near Nimes.
Also at the eastern end of the department, don't miss the village of Villeneuve-lez-Avignon and its monuments, just across the Rhone river from Avignon (Avignon itself falls in Provence). The twin-towns of Beaucaire and Tarascon are also well placed in the centre of the 'Nimes : Arles : Avignon' triangle if you are exploring the eastern reaches of the Gard department.
Slightly west of Nimes see also Sommieres, a medieval town and castle in an attractive setting while to the south the abbey buildings at Saint-Gilles are not to be missed.
In the centre-north of the Gard visit the historical town at Uzes which has some fine medieval buildings, and the unusual 12th century castle at Chateau de Portes.
In the centre visit Vigan and if oriental gardening is your thing you will enjoy the great bamboos at the bamboo garden of Prafrance (near Anduze) which features 15 hectares of exotic bamboo planting.
Towards the west discover the forested slopes and lost villages of the Cevennes Saint-Jean-du-Gard is another attractive small town, while the Cirque de Navacelles and the Abîme de Bramabiau are scenic highlights.
Near the coast you should visit the fortified town of Aigues-Mortes, while sun worshippers will want to head for the popular sea resorts and beaches on the coast between Montpellier and Aigues-Mortes such as Le Grau-du-Roi (near La Grande Motte), and Palavas-les-Flots.
Grand Sites of France
- Pont du Gard (also listed as a UNESCO world heritage site);
- Cirque de Navacelles (scenic highlight in the Cevennes); and
- the Aven d'Orgnac (caves, on the border with the Ardeche)
Note: Nimes airport falls within the Gard department.
See a list of all Gard communes
Map of Gard
French version: Gard (Francais)