Nîmes, with its 150 000 inhabitants, is the 20th city of France and the capital of the Gard department. It’s not the most famous city in the South of France but you may have heard of it thanks to their bull-fighting tradition.
Nîmes owes its rich history to different civilizations who dominated the territory before de French Revolution, especially Romains, Visigoth and Saracens. However, most of historical monuments that we can currently see in the city and in the department are inherited of the Roman Empire.
Its localization near the French Riviera, between Montpellier and Marseille, and between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cevennes Mountains makes it a complete region and allows a wide variety of activities, from peaceful and beautiful walks to activities for the more adventurous like paragliding or canoeing.The pentecost Feria in May and the Harviest Feria in September are a popular festival center of bullfighting which attracks each year thousands of tourist to the city.
The Nimes faculty of Medicine is affiliated to the University of Montpellier.
There is only one University Hospital in the city, the CHU Caremeau, which is the hospital’s reference department.Hospital and University are one next to the other and four kilometers from the city center.
- Breakfast is provided by the French host every day.
- The local Medical Student Association (Corporation des Carabins Crocodiles) offers a ticket to the incomings which allows them to eat from Monday to Friday at the Hospital’s canteen.
- On week ends, the host provides at least lunch or dinner.
Nîmes is well diserved by public transport:
- There are two airports near it: the “Montpellier-Méditeranée” airport near Montpellier and 50km far from Nîmes, and the “Nîmes Alès Camargue Cevennes” aiport 10km far from Nîmes. A bus is connected to this airport with the city center.
- A train station with high velocity train (TGV) in the city center connects Nîmes with many cities like Marseille, Montpellier, Paris, Lyon…
The city has a developed bus network. Two bus lines connect the center of Nîmes to the Hospital (Bus 2 and 5)
Nimes and its department have monuments and landscapes that are worth being seen.
- The “Arenes”, the “Jardins de la Fontaine”, the “Pont du Gard”... which remind us the Romain past of the region.
- The Cevennes and the Camargue are a “must see” given their amazing landscape.
- Aigues Mortes and Avignon are two beautiful cities with again an important regional history.
More information about the city in https://www.nimes.fr/ and http://www.ot-nimes.fr/index.php?L=1
More information about the department in http://www.gard.fr/accueil.html and http://www.gardtourism.com/