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Book a room in one of the centrally located hotels in Nimes and the city’s highlights are on your doorstep...
Nimes can be found in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in the south of France, wedged between a mountain range and the Mediterranean coastline. Near neighbours include Montpellier, Avignon and Marseille. Hiring a car here opens up a world of day-trip possibilities – the wetlands of Camargue are nearby, as is the impressive Pont du Gard, the famed aqueduct bridge over the Gardon built by the Romans around 2,000 years ago.
Roman artefacts are in abundance in Nimes itself and you don’t really have to leave the city centre (the Centre Ville) to fill your break with album-worthy photographs, cultural delights and belt-busting cuisine. Shoppers trawl around trinket-laden market stalls between dashing in and out of modern malls, while sightseers check off destinations from their must-see list – these always include the remarkable Roman amphitheatre.
Between spring and autumn the city’s charming public squares host rows of tables and chairs at which locals and visitors chat, drink, eat and enjoy the hot days and balmy evenings – that’s before the music gets louder and invites couples to move closer and dance on the time-worn stones.
If this sounds like your kind of place, book a Nimes hotel and put yourself in the picture.
It’s not always easy to find a cheap hotel in Nimes – much of the south of France charges premium rates – but we can help you to have an affordable stay. Booking early is recommended to secure low prices, as is comparing prices before you book. Use the search tool on TravelSupermarket to find your ideal Nimes accommodation and compare the best deals on offer.
Knowing where to find the best Nimes hotels will bring you a step closer to finding your perfect place to stay...
A range of accommodation types can be found in Nimes, with hotels, self-catering apartments, B&Bs and country-house hotels all on offer. Standards are generally very good and some budget rooms are available – look for offers from French chain brands such as Ibis Budget, Novotel, Kyriad and Campanile.
Staying in Centre Ville is advisable if you plan to be close to the main tourist attractions and amenities – especially if you want to avoid using a car or public transport. A selection of hotels can be found within the city centre, with many more just a street or two away – even just outside of the centre you are only looking at a 10-minute walk to reach the main sights.
There is a clutch of hotels in Nimes West, which are handy for visitors arriving into Nimes from the main motorway or from the nearby airport. It’s a 15-minute car or taxi journey to the city centre from here, or a 45-minute walk. You might save money by booking in a hotel in Nimes West, though you may end up spending what you’ve saved to journey back and forth if you plan to see a lot of the historic heart of Nimes.
Given the illustrious history of this city there’s no shortage of things to see in Nimes...
Top five attractions
One of the finest amphitheatres outside of Rome, Les Arenes – or the Arena of Nimes – is a remarkably well preserved example from the 1st century and was designed to hold 24,000 people. Originally built for staging gladiator contests, it is now used as a bullfighting arena and concert venue.
Pont du Gard
This masterpiece of engineering was created by the Romans to allow water to travel from a nearby spring, across the River Gardon, and on to their base at Nemausus (now called Nimes!).
This is an outstanding example of a Roman temple. Built during the reign of Augustus, it is one of the most celebrated heritage sights in Nimes.
It is an inescapable fact that modern Nimes is built on archaeology. Its abundance of ruins is what attracts people to its delightful centre year after year. So it seems only right that a visit to Nimes should include a trip to the museum that will allow you to fully appreciate the facts and figures behind the bricks (and stones and columns).
This huge square is one of the focal points of modern Nimes. Completed in 1848, the smart boulevard is lined with cafes, restaurants and shops.
Nimes knows not to forget its past, though it also enjoys the taste of modern flavours in its many annual events...
Bullfight; May: This isn’t everyone’s idea of sport, but the spectacle of bullfighting continues at an annual fiesta at the arena.
Jazz Festival; July: Warm summer nights in Nimes are serenaded by the unmistakable sound of jazz from almost every bar as, for a few days each July, some greats of the jazz world – and hundreds of their fans – descend on the picturesque town.
Festival de Nimes; July: Once the jazz has subsided, the ancient amphitheatre is handed over to rock and pop as world-famous artists set the beat for a week.