Pont du Gard

Pont du gard feature

Pont du Gard is a Roman Aqueduct in southern France that was built in the 1st century AD.   It is one of those spots that seems pretty cool in pictures but in real life it is shockingly amazing!  It is the best preserved and highest Roman Aqueduct in the world.  Some of the stones are said to weigh up to 6 tons, which makes it even more mind boggling that it was built 2,000 years ago, the Romans were definitely remarkable engineers.

Part of the Aqueduct is a bridge over the Gardon River and you are able to walk across the bridge from one bank to the other, which gives an even better sense of the scale and how large each stone is in the aqueduct.  There were groups of people kayaking downstream which looked like a lot of fun!  As well as having picnics along the rivers edge for the day.

A lot has changed since we had been there 15 years ago, there were restaurants and a museum to make it more of an afternoon or part day destination.  The cost is 18 Euros per car (up to 5 people) and after 8pm you can get in for a reduced price of 10 Euros.  At night the bridge is full lit and is supposed to be spectacular as well.

Pont du Gard

Pont du Gard

Happy rents!

Happy rents!

It is us!

It is us!

After a relaxing lunch over looking the Pont du Gard, we convinced the rents to hike up to the top view point….it was well worth it!

Looking down at the amazing aqueduct from our mini hike.

Looking down at the amazing aqueduct from our mini hike.

View of the top, where the water would flow

View of the top, where the water would flow

1,000 year old olive tree

1,000 year old olive tree

This is one of the 1,000 year old olive trees on the walk up to Pont du Gard!  We loved Pont du Gard, even for the second time, it is well worth the trip.

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