Your summer holidays in the Gard
Our beautiful region offers many opportunities for discovery. Natural sites, Roman or classified at UNESCO, the many terroirs to discover, The Gard has a multitude of facets that are unveiled to those who want to learn. For your holidays this summer, the Orangerie team has selected for you the most beautiful summer activities around Nîmes. This month, focus on natural sites or classified at UNESCO for those who like to move!
Natural sites to move
Rich in exceptional fauna and flora, the Cévennes National Park offers a rich and varied program every summer. Hiking, exhibitions and Cévenoles evenings, there is something for everyone! The Valley of the Céze promises beautiful hikes, including the spectacular Sautadet’s waterfalls. Located in the Camargue gardoise, the Petit Rhône Reserve offers a wild and natural area where you can admire, on foot or by mountain bike, the different species of birds that migrate through the seasons. Routes and routes are marked out, and picnic areas are laid out for picnicking. On the sea side, L’Espiguette at Le Grau-du-Roi will meet the expectations of beach aficionados. Renowned for its natural dunes, this classified site extends over nearly 10km.
The classified sites in Unesco to visit
The Gard is fortunate to host some exceptional places listed as World Heritage by Unesco. The most famous: the Pont du Gard. From its 49 m, the Pont du Gard is the most visible part of the aqueduct that led the waters of Uzès to Nîmes for nearly 50 km. The visit is possible, and the immediate surroundings offer nice walks along the Gardon where you can swim. Another classified site in Unesco: the abbey church of Saint-Gilles. Former monastery of the seventh century, it is one of the stages of the Way of Saint Jacques de Compostela. There remains the Provencal Romanesque facade adorned with sculptures from the best workshops of the time, the crypt housing the sarcophagus of the Saint, and the famous Vis de Saint-Gilles, helical staircase unique in its kind.
This selection is only an anthology of the many possible activities and places to discover in the Gard. The rest of the article, next week!
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