Pont du Gard
Great place for a pique nique...
Initially (a few weeks prior to our actual visit), we drove near Pont du Gard hoping to find a picnic spot nearby. One where we could view the bridge from a distance, set up our picnic and enjoy the view. We were not keen to pay to go in for such a short time as we were driving past on the way to other adventures. But after a long 20 minutes of trying to find a spot (yes we had a GPS), the hunger and limit of time got to us so we pulled into some dirt carpark and ate our picnic……..
Only to return with another traveling family from NZ a few months later. Their children 4 and 6, and ours 9 and 11. Hot hot day…..
You pay to see the Pont as you enter the carpark. One price for carload. Lots of information in all languages as you leave the carpark and hit the footpath heading towards the Pont. Nice wide footpaths, plenty of room for all. Great facilities too - toilets, food, souvenir shop and for memory there was an education room too.
We just followed our nose and walked to see an amazing piece of architecture… to comprehend how it was built, its sheer size, and its function is so amazing not to mention mind boggling! Plenty of room to wander on both sides and from different view points. Plenty of room to rest in the shade (and boy it was very hot when we were there, and there is plenty of shade to be found). My favourite under the boughs of an extremely old olive tree - that was so wide I think four of us would have struggled to hold hands around its girth!
And of course plenty of room to swim too! We didn't but one can hire kayaks and explore even further.
If you're not in any hurry, one day of slow going, walking and reading a book or swimming and exploring will easily fill a day here. We left and managed to also fit in a visit to the Haribo factory too - of course a big tick for the kids….
- 3-5 years
- 6-9 years
- 10-14 years
Pros and Cons
- Picnic areas
- Possible to bring your own food
- Pram friendly
- Room to move and play