Le Pont du Gard

One of the best things about being in the South of France, is getting to visit all of the lovely places that you hear about, from friends and family or in travel books. One of those places is Le Pont du Gard.

I was never one for exploring historical landmarks, and couldn’t think of anything worse to do on a hot summers day, however, I was somehow convinced to leave my favourite spot at the pool, and to get in the car and drive to Le Pont du Gard. I was utterly amazed when I got there!

When you arrive, obviously the first thing that you notice is the beautiful bridge, but when you look a little closer, you can see tourists snapping pictures, sunbathing near the water and even swimming in the water.
One of the things I will never forget seeing, is a young man with dreadlocks, tanned body covered in tattoos, backflipping off of the bridge, into the water, with none other than his trusty man’s best friend, a very hyper labrador. We stood there for a good half hour, watching this man and his dog jump repeatedly into the water, diving to explore the rocks below, before soaring back up to the surface for a breath of fresh air.

If you’re interested in the history behind this very popular destination, then there is a museum you can visit, and you can also sit down and watch a multi-lingual film, explaining its history to you.

You can also spend the afternoon canoeing on the river, with the help of an instructor. Every time I have visited this great destination, I have seen groups of people laughing and enjoying themselves, all whilst trying not to get tipped over in their canoe!

Once you’re enjoying yourself, soaking up all of the history, you may find yourself getting a bit peckish. Not to worry, there is a restaurant close by which has an amazing view over Le Pont du Gard, which serves delicious food and has great service. If you don’t fancy a sit down meal, then you can bring along your own picnic and relax by the side of the water.

Visiting Le Pont du Gard is a great day out for the whole family, it’s interesting, historical, and a lot of fun!

Gina Evans-Forte
Gina Evans-Forte
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