TO DO | MUSEUM
One not-to-miss must-see of Languedoc is the Pont du Gard. This Roman monument is classified as a UNESCO world heritage site and dates back more than 2,000 years. Le Pont du Gard has gloriously stood the test of time, as even nowadays this is a popular spot both for locals and visitors. Culture and history go hand in hand with outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, canoeing and even more!
Chéri, the kids and I went to the magnificent Pont du Gard on a perfect sunny day in Autumn. As we were planning to stay the whole day, we bought the family pass for 8,50 € per person. This pass includes a visit to the interesting and beautifully designed museum. The Ludo Area is an interactive part of the museum especially designed for children. Highly entertaining for the little ones, our kids loved to playfully learn more about the history of the Pont du Gard.
Ancient olive tree
After visiting the museum, the children were even more eager to see the actual bridge. Correction, aqueduct that is. The area surrounding the Pont du Gard includes well-paved walking trails where you can walk for hours. As we were on the left side of the river Gardon, we walked passed an ancient olive tree. This tree dates from the year 908 (!) and was living in Spain until 1985 to be planted at the Pont du Gard site in 1988. No tree climbing here!
And there it was: the Pont du Gard in its full glory! The aqueduct was built in the first century AD as part of a 50 kilometres aqueduct system. It supplied the city of Nîmes with water from the Eure source near Uzès. As the water had to cross the river Gardon, the Pont du Gard was constructed. A water bridge so to speak. Standing on the aqueduct and gazing over the river Gardon, I was even more amazed by its architectural and technical construction.
We continued our walk to the right side of the river, climbing the stairs to get another stunning view of the aqueduct. I think I took about a hundred pictures… Back on the left side, we found a great picnic spot on a pebbled beach. Perfect for the kids to organise a skimming stone contest. This is a lunch I will remember for a long time, with the Pont du Gard reflected in the river Gardon as background-image.