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Political Geography of the Languedoc: The département of the Gard ( The Name in Occitan. Click here to find out more about occitan.   Gard)

The arms of the Gard.The département is divided into 3 arrondissements: Alès , Nîmes and Vigan. There are 45 cantons, of which 38 are separate towns. It was one of the original 83 départements created during the French Revolution on March 4, 1790. It takes its name from the River Gard (or Gardon) .

The departmental number of the Gard (which you will find encoded in French numbers - eg telephone numbers, post codes and numbers on motor car vehicle registration plates) is 30.

The département of Gard was created from an eastern portion of the old Province of Languedoc in 1790. Its capital is Nîmes.


The département of Gard is bounded by the Rhône River and the region of Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur to the east. On the south, it runs along 10 miles of the Mediterranean coastline. The département's northeastern boarder is the Ardèche River. The département is surrounded by the départements of Hérault, Lozère, Aveyron, Bouches-du-Rhône, Vaucluse, and Ardèche.

The Gard includes within its boundary part of the famous Camargue area at the delta of the River Rhône.

Near Remoulins, the famous Pont du Gard traverses the Gard Rive. This is an ancient Roman aqueduct that once brought water to Nîmes from springs near the picturesque medieval town of Uzès. There are also important Roman architectural remains in Nîmes.

The Gard area was settled by the Romans in classical times. It was crossed by the Via Domitia, constructed in 118 BC.

The highest point in the department is the Mont Aigoual.

Cities: Nîmes (capital of the Gard), Alès , Uzès

Towns: St-Gilles, Beaucaire


Ports: Le-Grau-du-Roi, Aigues Mortes

Attractions: Cévennes National Park, Pont du Gard, Via Domitia

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Pont Du Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, France
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