Visit to the Roman aqueduct located in the south of France: the Pont du Gard. Inscribed in the UNESCO Heritage.
If you find yourself in the south of France, be sure to check out the Pont du Gard. This ancient Roman aqueduct is a must-see. The Pont du Gard is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and one of the most popular tourist attractions in France. Visitors can explore the aqueduct, learn about its history, and take in the stunning views.
If you’re looking for a historical day trip from Avignon, look no further than the Pont du Gard. The aqueduct was built by the Roman Empire and is one of the best-preserved examples of Roman engineering. Although it was built over 2,000 years ago, it is still standing and is an impressive sight to see. In addition to the aqueduct, there are also several Roman ruins in the area that are worth visiting.
Information to Visit the Pont du Gard
How much is it?
Parking costs 9 euros per day. In addition to 6.50 euros for the entrance to the place. Buy your tickets here in advance and avoid the line.
The truth is that when we went it was winter, there was hardly anyone, and we paid normal parking price.
Which are the schedules?
They vary depending on the month, here is the list:
- January and February: 9 AM – 5 PM
March: 9AM – 5:30PM
April to June: 9 AM – 6:30 PM
July and August: 9 AM – 7:30 PM
September: 9AM – 6:30PM
October: 9AM – 5:30PM
November and December: 9 AM – 4:30 PM
Can you take photos?
The Pont du Gard has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1987
It is advisable to arrive by car, since it is difficult with public transport. At least that’s how it was when we went.
The history of the Pont du Gard
The Pont du Gard is an ancient Roman aqueduct that was built in the 1st century AD. It is located in the south of France, near the city of Nîmes. This is one of the best-preserved Roman monuments in the world.
The Pont du Gard was built to transport water from a spring at Ucetia (now known as Uzès) to the Roman city of Nîmes (Nemausus). It is thought that it was used for this purpose for around 400 years. The Pont du Gard consists of three tiers of arches, with a total height of 49 metres (161 feet). The aqueduct itself is 50 kilometres long.
Due to its proximity to Aigues-Mortes the bridge is to blame for the walled city not being able to enter the UNESCO heritage list.
Our visit to the Pont du Gard
For me, this visit was a surprise. Vincent took me to a place without telling me exactly where. And when we finally arrived, I had the Roman aqueduct in front of me. This is a place that receives many visitors, especially in summer because they also go diving in the river. But that day it was cold, so we didn’t see any bikinis.
After admiring the grandeur of the Roman aqueduct, we went for a walk to take some photos (because there is a forest around it). It was funny, at one point of our walk there were some indications like: to the left the aqueduct to the right PHOTOS. You can already imagine which path we took (I can’t resist the photos).
And we came to a cave, which was quite comforting because it was cold outside. We took the opportunity to take, as the indications said, photos. First some in the cave, then others with the bridge since the view was gorgeous.
Walking through the forest, I remembered my Natural Science classes. Those in which they told us about ferns and their seeds or pollen under the leaves.
Then we went down to the river. I obviously didn’t dive in, but I put my hand in. I kept looking at that huge monument and wondering how it was possible that it was still there after so long.
Already at the level to which we descended, we met other visitors, some of them went with their pets since the site allows visits with puppies (yes, always keeping them on a leash).
Don’t miss this place!
In conclusion, a visit to Pont du Gard is a must for anyone interested in Roman history or engineering. The aqueduct is an impressive feat of engineering, and its size and scale are breathtaking. The views from the top of the aqueduct are also stunning, making it a great spot for a picnic or photo opportunity.