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Nīmes, France

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Area Information

Nīmes is a city in the Gard department, Languedoc-Roussillon region, in southern France. The city is situated south-southwest of Lyon at the foot of barren hills called the Monts Garrigues. The mountains are to the north and west of the city. Nīmes extends south and west, right within a vine-planted plain. In this city you will discover some of France’s best-preserved classical buildings, together with some stunning modern architecture. Nimes is right in the middle of an area known locally as the Gard Provencal. This location is what makes Nimes so unique, and a great place to spend some time. From here you can pick a direction, drive an hour, and enjoy so many things. Start with the tranquil Camargue wetlands - home to wild horses and pink flamingos. A different direction will take you through picturesque medieval villages in the Rhone and Gardon valleys. These areas are often surrounded by undulating vineyards, lavender and sunflower fields. Another direction will take you to beautiful sandy dunes and the clear Mediterranean Sea at L’Espiguette Beach.

Business Information

Nimes economy is dominated by administrative and service activities, and at the same time it is a tourism centre. The Maison-Carrée and amphitheatre attracts large numbers of visitors. Industrial activities include food processing and mechanical engineering. Corporations in the city include Monsanto SAS. The Ville Active development outside of town is a business and office space park where you will find the Forum Kinepolis cinema complex, the Nemausa Olympic standard swimming pool complex, and the Stade de Costieres sports stadium.

Entertainment And Dining Out

Nimes has a Roman Amphitheatre that was built around AD 100 to seat 24,000 spectators. The amphitheatre has been wonderfully preserved, even retaining its upper storey. Its system of passages and exits were designed so patricians attending combats never had to come into contact with the commoners who were seated up top. The Roman Amphitheatre is still used today as Les Arčnes, a sporting and cultural venue. Food is an important pastime in Nimes, and you will see why if you dine at Le Marché sur la Table. This modern French restaurant will just serve you a glass of wine, but then you would miss the creations that were designed from the fresh and organic food purchased at a nearby market. The fish dishes and glasses of wine taken from a large choice of local vineyards can be served outside on the lush courtyard.

Transport Information

Nīmes is a city in the Gard department, Languedoc-Roussillon region, in southern France. The city is situated south-southwest of Lyon at the foot of barren hills called the Monts Garrigues. The mountains are to the north and west of the city. Nīmes extends south and west, right within a vine-planted plain. In this city you will discover some of France’s best-preserved classical buildings, together with some stunning modern architecture. Nimes is right in the middle of an area known locally as the Gard Provencal. This location is what makes Nimes so unique, and a great place to spend some time. From here you can pick a direction, drive an hour, and enjoy so many things. Start with the tranquil Camargue wetlands - home to wild horses and pink flamingos. A different direction will take you through picturesque medieval villages in the Rhone and Gardon valleys. These areas are often surrounded by undulating vineyards, lavender and sunflower fields. Another direction will take you to beautiful sandy dunes and the clear Mediterranean Sea at L’Espiguette Beach.

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