Ordered and civilised in Nîmes and wild around the city, nature is ideal for family relaxation. Walks, games, orienteering circuits… grab your trainers and a picnic and come and breathe clean air!

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The Jardins de la Fontaine

This is the number 1 place in Nîmes for relaxing. A large park in the city centre, dotted with Roman treasures, with lawns, games for children, a cool spring and a refreshment stall in the shade of old trees.
A roundabout, pony rides in the summer and small bicycles to rent are also available.

Le Bois des Espeisses (Espeisses Wood)

North-west of the city, less than two kilometres from the centre, 83 hectares of woodland considered as Nîmes "green lung". Four marked and signposted paths for walkers await exploration.

     > Sentier de l'Yeuseraie (parcours d'orientation)

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Le Clos Gaillard

Three walks of different lengths wind through the garrigue, dotted with 'capitelles', drystone enclosures and 'mazets'. This small second home in stone bonded with lime mortar was used by workers for relaxation from the nineteenth century onwards. These buildings almost always have a shady arbour and a place to play pétanque.

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L'Arboretum de Vacquerolles

Vacquerolles arboretum, managed by the City of Nîmes, is above all a showcase for the Nîmes garrigue areas. This not only has remarkable flora and fauna but iT also features splendid drystone structures. This 'window' is open to everybody presents many species of plants and typical drystone 'capitelles' and 'clapas', a type of wall made with the stone removed when fields were cleared can be seen at intervals during a visit.

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The Pont du Gard

(Arboretum - Mémoires de Garrigue)
Mémoires de Garrigue is a 1.4 km circuit to explore the Mediterraean landscape fashioned by man for more than 2000 years: grazing, dry stone constructions, farming, forest-related activities and vestiges of the Roman aqueduct that went as far as Nîmes.
A walk full of knowledge and poetry 200 metres from the Roman aqueduct. For the whole family to enjoy in the midst of grain crops, vineyards, olives, mulberry trees, evergreen oaks and fruit trees. A viewpoint with a panoramic able shows you where you, with a glimpse of the last part of the monumental Roman.