Pont du Gard is an absolute must-visit during your Massereau holiday! No trip to Southern France should be without it and it’s the most visited attraction in Occitanie. The Roman Aqueduct is a UNESCO World Heritage site and over a million visitors flock here every year. Pont du Gard symbolises the glory of the Roman Empire and is the highest aqueduct bridge in the world. Its construction dates back to the first half of 1AD. It is one of the best-preserved Roman ruins in the world and the only 3-storey ancient bridge still standing today. A thousand men worked on the mammoth project that took just 5 years to complete. The main function of the bridge over the Gardon was to ensure the Roman aqueduct carried water from Uzès to Nîmes. Nîmes was able to become such a major city and showcase for Rome because of this aqueduct. It was updated in the Middle Ages so the aqueduct could be used as a road.
There are countless picnic areas on the Gardon riverbanks. You can canoe if you want to see the bridge from the river. If you have the opportunity, it really is an incredible experience. Shuttle buses run from Remoulins to Collias every 15 minutes. Set sail on a canoe for 2 hours of pure joy. It’s suitable for all ages and the 7km ride takes you past the Gorges du Gardon and its jaw-dropping scenery. Take a break for a dip in the river at the little pebble beaches along the way. Last but not least, you’ll glide under the Pont du Gard’s arches. Honestly, it’s something you’ll never forget and simply have to capture.
For a total immersion in Roman culture, visit the Pont du Gard Museum! It will not fail to arouse your curiosity! It’s more than just a museum, imagine yourself in this space of more than 2,500m² with life-size reconstructions and multimedia elements around you!
It’s enough to transport you more than 2,000 years back in time. The life-size reconstruction of the quarries, the canal and two of the arches of the bridge make this exhibition spectacular, not to mention the multimedia technology that reproduces images from the past! This educational and entertaining museum is breathtaking!
Team Massereau challenges you to find the hare carved in the rock of the bridge!