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25 km from the B & B “à gauche du Pont”: Caesar’s Camp in Laudun l’Ardoise
Caesar’s camp is located on a hill overlooking the Rhone valley and the confluence of the valleys of the Tave and Cèze in the Gard department in the town of Laudun l’Ardoise. It is an ancient city that stretched over 18 hectares. This village was occupied by the Iron Age (5th century BC) until the end of antiquity. On this site in the locality of Saint-Jean-de-Rouzigues are numerous traces of dwellings from different periods. The 1.5-meter-thick wall reinforces the rocky outcrop to make it a defensive wall. Remains of a circular tower rise to more than fifteen meters. Ruins of fortifications testify to the will to protect this plateau. You can walk in the remains of alleys, stairs and remains of houses. Ideal tour to stroll quietly in history …
26 km from the B&B “à gauche du Pont” :The founding of Nîmes goes back to antiquity. Nîmes retains remarkable monuments from the Roman period such as the Arena, the Maison Carree and the Tour Magne at the foot of which is the magnificent sanctuary of Fontaine. The rich ancient past is in Nîmes the nickname “French Rome”. Nimes is both Roman and Hispanic, Camargue and the Cévennes, Languedoc and Provence. Protestant stronghold since the sixteenth century, Nîmes boasts a history and a particularly rich culture, making it a city with a strong identity. The unique historical and cultural heritage and enhancement of its Roman architecture in the twentieth century allowed the city to get the City of Art and History label. The city of Nîmes goes back to the sixth century BC a Celtic tribe (Volques Arécomiques) settled around a spring and deifies and dedicated a shrine. It was in 120 BC that Volques (at the head of a vast territory) welcome without resisting the Roman legions came. Nimes becomes “Latin law colony” (Gallo-Romans) and sees build sumptuous monuments. It is at its peak in the second century. After successive invasions in the fifth century is that the arrival of the Visigoths ends its prosperity. In the Middle Ages (eighth century) the city lives withdrawn into itself. The population will take refuge in the amphitheater became a fortress. The ancient Roman walls become career where everyone comes to use. It was in the year one thousand, that Nîmes come out of its lethargy. A new enclosure is built and thanks to the vine, the olive tree and sheep farming, trade can restart. In the sixteenth century religious wars are extremely violent. Protestants (many) are excluded from public life and look to trade. Their production of fabrics quickly exports to Europe and to the Spanish Indies. The city was embellished and enriched. In the nineteenth century, thirty years of industrial success in silk Nîmes place to place in Europe despite tough competition in Lyon. So reinvesting capital textiles in the vineyard. There followed a new era of prosperity until now. Today, Nîmes rehabilitating its old districts and extends to the south. By entrusting its urban planning projects to the greatest international architects, Nimes ‘Roman’ was definitely looking to the future.
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27 km from the B&B “à gauche du Pont”: AvignonWorld-renowned for its contemporary theater festival, Avignon was declared European City of Culture in 2000. Avignon is home to many museums, an opera theater, a convention center built in the heart of the famous Palais des Papes, not forgetting the exhibition … Located 30 minutes from Marseille, 1 hour from Lyon and 2h40 from Paris by TGV, Avignon offers all year round a wide choice of visits, festive events and animations, not to mention its restaurants where you can sample delicious Provencal cuisine and wines of Cotes du Rhone … Perched villages of the Alpilles and Luberon, wild Camargue, Roman ruins, plateaus of the Vaucluse covered with lavender, reliefs of Mont Ventoux and laces of Montmirail are close with all the delights of Provence. Come and be seduced by this Provencal cited, charming, lively and so close to your guest room “à gauche du Pont” ….
Orange has two important landmarks from the Romain period : the Triumphal Arch and the Antique Theatre, monuments ranked as UNESCO world heritage sites.
Thanks to the sunny weather, the city is surrounded with Gigondas’s and Chateauneuf du Pape’s prestigious winegrowing region.
Come and discover this vibrant city and meet at the same time a generous area with tasty products.
Antique TheatreExceptional witness of the Antiquity, ranked as part of World heritage’s of UNESCO, the Antique Theatre of Orange is the most conserved in the whole of Europe. Edified in the beginning of the Christian Era, it owes its reputation to the remarquable conservation of its stage wall.
It presents all the features of latin theatres according to “Vitruve” : the cavea (semicircle steps), lateral acces and the stage wall flanked by parascaenia.
Built to accomodate the gallo-roman public, it was there that the Roman culture and language were diffused.
9000 spectators could attend tragedies, comedies as well as dance shows, acrobatics and juggling.
Columns and many statues in the niches decorated the stage wall, at the origins. Burned in the 4th century, the theatre lost its principal function. Its location, at the foot of the hill, makes it an element of the city’s defences. As time goes by, the theatre is invaded by houses and became a real inhabited area.We have to wait the 19th century to rediscover the antique theatre as a place for the performing arts.
Auguste Caristie, chief architect for the historical monuments, assures its restoration.
Nowadays, the Theatre welcomes about ten thousand spectators on the occasion of various summer events, one of which are the Choregies.
Since June 2006, the UNESCO’s classified monument is a world-wide exclusivity : it is not only the only antique theatre with a stage-roof but also, the unique theatre in the World with a well-conserved stage-wall.
A 39 km: The CAVE of SALAMANDER
For a beautiful route through Uzes, Cave Salamander is a true natural extravaganza worthy of the best imaginary tales … The site is accessible via a lovely path but for people with reduced mobility can access by car direct ( drop-off ) . Athletes can discover the cave abseiling ( from the ceiling 50 meters from the ground … ) supervised by a guide, or by making a caving baptism. For music lovers there are concerts organized dinners. We recommend this tour (1 hour around ) that will enchant you for sure !
Wander around the narrow little streets, discovering squares where fountains play, and the attractive boutiques and art galleries that make the town’s historic centre so lively.
Sit outside at one of the many cafes and restaurants, enjoying their welcome while you refresh yourself with a drink or try the country cooking based on local products.
You’ll find a warm, friendly welcome in this charming little town, especially on market days and at the many celebrations and festivals throughout the year.
Discovering Saint-Rémy-de-Provence also means enjoying the magnificent landscapes of the Massif des Alpilles, now classified as the Parc Naturel Régional des Alpilles (Alpilles Region Natural Park), with the town nestling at its foot.
In this magical setting, bathed in sunshine for more than 300 days a year, you’ll realise why so many famous people have loved this little town.
The name derives from Arles Arelate word of Celtic origin meaning “place near the pond,” with reference to the wetlands surrounding the city. During the Iron Age (8th -2nd century BC), Arles is one of the main “oppidum” (walled city) of the Celtic Mediterranean. Around 50 BC. BC, Julius Caesar still called the Arelate quoted in his “Comments on the Civil War.”
This city, whose inhabitants are called Arles, has indeed more than 2500 years. Remarkable monuments were built during ancient times to the Roman era, as the ancient theater, amphitheater, Alyscamps or the Roman circus. In 2008, the oldest known bust of Julius Caesar was discovered in the Rhone. Because of its important heritage, the city is a town of art and history and its Roman and Romanesque monuments are inscribed on the List of World Heritage since 1981.
Opened to tourism which is the first activity of the city, it hosts many festivals throughout the year in December “Funny Christmas” in April “Easter Fair” International Photography Encounters during summer, and in September the “Festival of rice.”
The town had two flowers in the competition of cities and villages flowered.
42km from the B&B “à gauche du Pont”: Les Baux de ProvenceSet in the heart of the Alpilles regional country park, Les Baux-de-Provence is a listed heritage site that has won titles such as “one of the Most Beautiful Villages in France” or “an Outstanding Centre for Flavoursome Food”. In fact, the village is unique because it is just that bit more famous than others, and just a bit more magical. And the essence that gives Provencal villages their very special atmosphere and fragrance is here too – small squares, well-shaded terraces, narrow streets and small shops.
Visionary in many ways, winemakers of Chateauneuf-du-Pape already ship from the late eighteenth century their wine bottles instead of using barrels. An important new step obtaining brand awareness, all over the world.
Anxious to defend the wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape growing reputation, the winemakers will be at the origin of the current system of AOC. Judging the 1919 Act on designations of origin too general – it only defines the naming areas – They decide it is time to put in place stricter regulations to protect their wines.
In 1937, the union of the owners of the appellation of Châteauneuf-du-Pape, then chaired by Baron Pierre Le Roy Boiseaumarié, actually created an original bottle: the famous bottle with the embossed logo.
Unique in Europe for its size, the Prafrance bamboo plantation is located in an area with an area of 34 hectares (the park, only part open to the public, alone covers 15 hectares) 11 km to the southwest of Ales and 2 km north of Anduze. It contains bamboos planted from 1856 by Eugène Mazel.
This is a public park, which includes:
a forest of giant bamboo;
the “bambousarium” offers a small area a selection of different bamboo species present on the site;
a Japanese-style garden;
a Laotian village
the valley of the Dragon this Japanese garden created in 2000 (Year of the Dragon), covers 15,000 m2 and is based on the principles of Feng Shui;
greenhouses built in 1860 by Eugène Mazel;
a floral garden;
a water garden.
Bamboos thrive in this site which enjoys a very favorable climate for their culture and are jungle. This park was the setting for several films, including “The Wages of Fear,” based on the novel by Georges Arnaud, and “Paul and Virginia.”
In recent years, like many other contemporary gardens, the site hosts artists installations, more or less perennial or ephemeral.
The cave of Orgnac
An underground heritage of exceptional richness
The cave of Orgnac is one of the most beautiful in Europe . It covers a total area of 20 hectares and offers impressive volumes with ceilings that reach 55 m high. The discovery by Robert de Joly was done by Aven , a wide natural orifice . Finer crystallization with huge stalagmites, cave displays a wide variety of concretions.
In the developed portion , visitors marvel at giant palm trees , piles of plates and stately draperies, unique geological treasures in France. Deep at -121 m, the Red Room , a remnant of the original carved gallery there are 6 million years ago by an underground river , offers a perspective of more than 100 m and is revealed through a sound and light show mesmerizing.
63 km from the B&B “à gauche du Pont”: Aigues-MortesAt the heart of the Camargue, between the beaches(ranges) and the vineyards, measure the city(estate) of Saint-Louis and its ramparts. Discover unique(only) medieval fortifications and magnificent points of view on the city, the pond, the saltworks, the vineyards(vines).
For a holiday with the kids, we can proceed to the Seaquarium where you can find many fish and invertebrates of the Mediterranean or the tropics. A space with sharks (Requinarium) is also available with an impressive tunnel.
As for Grau du Roi beaches, one can enjoy nearly 17 km of coast of the Hérault department of Bouches du Rhône department, that is to say, the south of La Grande-Motte salt of Camargue. The beach Espiguette (ranked in Port-Camargue) offers the most wild and you can even find almost deserted areas with distances of about 100 meters between two towels.
73 km from the B&B “à gauche du Pont”: Saintes-Maries-de-la-MerThe village of Saintes Marie de la Mer, a place of warm reception, tradition and pilgrimage, is built between sky and sea, where the Rhone meets the Mediterranean Sea.
A legendary site, its shore once welcomed at the dawn of the Christianity Marie Jacobi, Marie Salomé and their handmaid Sarah, who were persecuted Christians escaping from Palestine on a boat without a rudder.
The village offer its visitors the image of its mighty and protecting church and promises a visit with plenty of emotions under an ever changing light.
In the shade of its Romanesque steeple, visitors can stroll through the narrow paved streets, following the tracks of the pilgrims. From the top of the church, on the lookout for something, with their nose and their hair streaming in the wind, they are greatly moved by the wild plains, places of discoveries and warm meetings with “manadiers” (cowboys) riding through the pastures of bulls bound to a glorious future.
From the village, visitors feel the attraction of the dunes, the sandy beachesand the large marshlands with reeds and “manades” (herd of black bulls and white horses). As they love nature and wild lands, they can enjoy the pleasure of exploring the landscape by foot or on horseback, admire the dance of birds, yield to the euphoria of sailing and sliding on a windy day.
Les Saintes Maries de la Mer rises as the capital of the Camargue for those who fall in love with this region, bewitched by its wild beauty, its culture and its lively and authentic traditions.