Arenes de Nimes
Arenes de Nimes (Boulevard des Arènes, 30000 Nîmes) – located in the town of Nimes (just 50 km. from the city of Montpellier), this is by far the best-preserved Roman amphitheater in the world. Originally built in 70 AD, this arena is located near the Maison Carrée (a well-preserved Roman temple built around 20 BC by Marcus Agrippa), and the Tour Magne (a.k.a. “the Great Tower”, this is an 18 meter stone watchtower, which was part of the Roman city wall from the Augustinian era). Note: on occasion, events such as re-enactments of Ancient Roman games, contemporary rock & pop concerts, and even bullfights are held here. See its website for info on upcoming events: www.arenes-nimes.com
Hours: 9:30 am – 5:00 pm (January – February, November- December), 9:00 am – 6:00 pm (March & October), 9:00 am – 6:30 pm (April-May, September), 9:00 am – 7:00 pm (June), 9:00 am – 8:00 pm (July-August).
“Nîmes Romaine” Tour (amphitheater, tour magne, and maison carrée): €11.70 (full adult rate), €9.50 (students, and children ages 7-17). Free for the disabled, children under 7 years, and journalists.