Nîmes and nature

The garrigue landscape at the gates of Nîmes features remarkable flora and fauna. A walk to the sound of cicadas among dry-stone walls, evergreen oaks and Judas trees with their violet blossom in the spring is a must. The town has signposted the paths.

A- / A+

Nîmes and nature

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.

Locate on the map


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.

Locate on the map


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)

Locate on the map


Le Domaine d'Escattes

Mysterious drystone towers, old ornemental gardens and numerous walls and capitelles dot this magnificent site for an outing, now open to everybody.

Locate on the map