Travel to Nimes

Nimes Arena

While I was in Montpellier for the first time, my colleague and I decided to travel to Nimes for the day. It was highly recommended by French friends. In fact, it is often called the French Rome because of its well-preserved amphitheatre and other buildings and monuments around the city. Walking around the city and taking a tour of the Arena were definitely highlights of the day.

Additionally, we visited in September at just the right time for the Feria des Vendanges. These are Spanish-style street festivals including parades, concerts, bull fighting and bull running. I decided to do the bull running because it didn’t look too dangerous. The bulls are let out to run down a long pathway that has fences on either side. Although the bulls can’t get out through the fences, people can slip through. I watched them run by from the side and then took a photo but then I heard yelling and had to run out because more bulls were coming. Wow, I can’t even imagine Pamplona!

Bull running
Nimes Parade
Nimes Arena


  • Amphitheatre of Nîmes
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame-et-Saint-Castor de Nîmes
  • Clock Tower
  • Saint Paul Church
  • Les Halles de Nîmes Market
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tour Magne
  • Jardin de La Fontaine

Before you go

  • Feria des Vendanges including bull fighting and a parade takes place in September
  • Known as the French Rome for all of its ruins and monuments
  • The city has a useful tourism website
  • Easy side trip from Montpellier by train
  • Weather is mild though it can get hot during the summer
Nimes Arena
Palais de Justice
Tour Magne


  • The main rail station, Gare Nîmes centre, is close to the main sights and city centre
  • Nimes is a very walkable city. However, there are also many buses to get around


  • Since I was staying in nearby Montpellier, I didn’t stay in Nimes.
  • As usual I recommend checking reviews on or using AirBnB


Q: Do I need a tour guide?

A: No, it is easy to find the main sights to see. However, I recommend the audio tour at the Nimes Arena

Q: Do people speak English?

A: Some people speak English, but it is helpful to have a translation app and know a few words of French

Q: Is it a walkable city?

A: Yes it is walkable

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