With a free weekend and good company, we decided to have a look on Skyscanner for a mini get away. Dirt cheap flights booked and a nice hotel confirmed we headed to the south of France.
I always do a bit of research on where ever I’m about to go away, so I know a little of what to expect. Nimes is a town just off the south of France, near Montpellier, dating back to the Roman Empire. It has a number of ancient tourist attractions to keep you busy while away, including the Jardin de la Fontaine, which is filled with ancient monuments, baths and gardens. There is also a great little bar on the edge where you can sit by the canal under the tree’s and enjoy a drink or a few.
On the only cloudy day we had, we decided to rent a car and go exploring further afield. We drove to the Pont du Gard, a large Roman aqueduct, which was build in the 1st century and carried water 50km from it’s source to it’s final destination. It stands 50m tall and has three tiers, it’s pretty spectacular in real life. On a sunny day you can hire a kayak and explore the area from the water.
The Aréna de Nîmes is situated in the centre of Nîmes, it was originally a bull fighting arena but is now used for concerts, festivals and has even featured in a few films. It is also surrounded by restaurants and bars, so makes for a great evening out.
I was really surprised at how much there was to do and see in Nîmes, with it being away from the coast I wouldn’t recommend it for a sun holiday, athough we managed to escape to our hotel pool for a few hours each day. It is however the perfect location for a city weekend break, especially with the regular cheap flights in and out of London.
With the hot weather, the great French food and wine, lots to do and see, and of course great company we had a brilliant time, all for under £100 for the weekend!