Best Things To Do In Provence With Kids – Swimming At The Pont Du Gard

If it’s an unforgettable travel experience you’re after, try paddling in crystal clear waters under an ancient Roman aqueduct. The Pont du Gard, a 2000 year old marvel of Roman engineering, crosses the Gardon River around 30 minutes drive from the southern France town of Nimes.

View from the Pont du Gard

The beach below the aqueduct is the perfect place for little ones to paddle, as the water is shallow and flows gently over smooth pebbles (bring aqua shoes for delicate feet and don’t forget the sunscreen and hats – there’s very little shade about). It’s a picturesque spot for a picnic, and boy do French supermarkets have the best picnic provisions in the entire world. One could die happily with a wheel of Brie De Meaux and a crusty baguette in hand.

Me, looking at the cheeses


But I digress.

You could easily spend a day at the Pont du Gard. You can explore the trails, rent a kayak and check out the on-site museum. There’s a lovely restaurant overlooking the aqueduct too – Les Terrasses.

If you’re arriving by car, the entry fee is  €18 for a carload of up to 5 people. Take a ticket at the entry gate, pay the fee at the vending machine, then insert the ticket at the gate upon exit.




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