The Gard straddles an area from the Cévennes in the north to the Mediterranean in the south, and Nîmes with its Roman amphitheatres (the arènes) at its heart.
The Parc National des Cévennes is splendid terrain to explore, with its underground sites of interest, such as the Grotte de Trabuc, and mountainous terrain encompassing Mont Aigoual, for example, which more energetic visitors might want to climb.
On the coast, Aigues-Mortes is renowned for its medieval walls, and its lesser-known neighbour Le Grau-du-Roi attracts amateur boaters, as well as those who simply want to unwind.
Between the two, Nîmes, capital of this département, showcases its Roman heritage; with its narrow cobbled streets, the lovelyUzès is perfect for wandering, and the majestic aqueduct, the Pont du Gard, presides over the refreshing Gorges du Gardon.
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