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Camping in the Gard, from the Cevennes to the Mediterranean

Nîmes dans le Gard
Nîmes dans le Gard

 

The Gard owes its name to the river that runs through it and is part of the Occitanie region, formerly Languedoc-Roussillon. With a Mediterranean climate, a magnificent preserved environment such as the Camargue Gardoise and the Cevennes National Park, but also cities with a remarkable historical heritage such as Nîmes and Uzès, it can be said that the Gard has all the assets for a successful camping holiday.

 

Campsites in the Gard

In all there are 154 campsites in the Gard which welcome you for your holidays. To help you make a choice, here are some suggestions. Camping Isis en Cévennes *** in Saint-Julien-de-la-Nef, situated on a large estate by the river. Le Val de l'Arrecampsite **** in Le Vigan, at the foot of the Aigoual massif and on the river bank. The campsite La Croix Clémentine **** in Cendras, near a leisure centre, in the forest of a natural park.

The Gard and its places not to be missed

Famous for its colossal Roman amphitheatre dating from the beginning of the 2nd century and incredibly well preserved, which continues to host bullfighting shows, the city of Nîmes is classified as a city of Art and History, also for its Maison Carrée, a Roman temple from the same period as the arena and just as emblematic of the city of Nîmes. While strolling through the narrow streets of the old town, you can go to the charming squares, to have a drink, which are the Place de l'Horloge, the Place aux Herbes or the Place du Marché. The Magne Tower, listed as a historical monument, offers a magnificent view of the rooftops. Finally, the Jardin de la Fontaine is classified as a Remarkable Garden with pine trees, cedars and Mediterranean plants.

Overlooking the river, the Pont du Gard is a real archaeological wonder, a three-storey Roman bridge-aqueduct, you will also enjoy observing the view it offers from its height.

Uzès is a medieval city in the Gard region, and is also a city of Art and History and the first Duchy of France. Very lively, it is a pleasure to find oneself on the Place aux Herbes, magnificent with its arcaded facades and its lively terraces and its market with Provencal colours. We continue the walk towards the alleys and the frontages of stone houses, the Fenestrelle tower, vestige of the old cathedral which presents the characteristic to be the only bell-tower of round form in France. The Duchy of Uzès is the highlight of the visit to the town, with the majestic Bermonde Tower, an 11th century dungeon which offers a splendid view of the roofs of the old town.

In Aigues-Mortes, the first port of the kingdom of France on the Mediterranean, the Constance tower, which was once a prison, offers an unobstructed view of the Petite Camargue from a height of 30 metres. With its 1,634 metres of ramparts, its walkway, its fortified gates and its numerous towers, the historic town has the look of a particularly well-preserved medieval fortress. For the atmosphere, take a walk around the Place Saint-Louis, to share a good moment on the terrace of a restaurant.

Nestled in the Cévennes National Park, whose fauna and flora have earned it a UNESCO classification, Mount Aigoual is the second highest peak in the Cévennes after Mount Lozère. At an altitude of 1567 meters, you can enjoy a weather observatory whose originality is to be the only weather station in Europe to be inhabited. From the orientation table, you can enjoy an imposing view of the Causses, the Cevennes but also, if you are lucky, of the Mediterranean, the Alps and the Pyrenees. A step that is really worth the detour.

 

 

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