Settled several thousand years ago, Nimes was once a Celtic settlement, followed by a glorious Roman city, functioning as the capital of the Narbonne Province, and the site of many grand buildings and structures. Although the area suffered during the period after Roman occupation, Nimes prospered during the French revolution and returned to be a prosperous wealthy city, with an array of well preserved Roman architecture left behind. Auto Europe offers several pick up locations and a large fleet selection, so finding a car rental in Nimes is both easy and economical.
For an insight into the way Nimes once was, as well as a great panoramic view of the city, drive your hire car a short distance north, and visit Tour Magne, also known to locals as the "Great Tower'. Built thousands of years ago on the highest point in Nimes, the view is definitely worth the visit.
Jump in your rental car and head back to the city, where there are some more great examples of Roman architecture, which rival even most of those in Italy. Right in the centre of Nimes, is a building known as Les Arenas, a magnificent Roman amphitheatre which is a smaller version of the Colosseum in Rome. Thought to be the best-preserved amphitheatre of its age, it is still used to this day for concerts and operas, and once a year even for bullfighting.
A short drive northeast from Nimes in your hire car, not far from the village of Remoulins, you will find Pont du Gard, a giant Roman aqueduct, which once supplied Nimes with water. The only 3 tiered aqueduct known to have existed, the magnificent structure is over 275 metres long and reaches almost 50 metres in height.
To see some truly unique natural scenery, head south of Nimes in your hire car towards the Camargue, a huge national park located where the Rhone river meets the see. A network of wetlands and islands formed by the river delta, the Camargue is home to species of bulls and horses not found anywhere else in the world and also has hundreds of rare bird species, including 10's of thousands of flamingos.
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