The small town of Saint-Gilles, situated a few kilometres South of Nimes, is one of the gateways to the vast and swampy Petite Camargue area, which surrounds it on the eastern and southern sides.
Saint-Gilles is a former pilgrims’ stop on one of the routes to Santiago de Compostella. Its Benedictine Abbey was founded during the seventh century by the hermit Saint Giles. The magnificent facade of the Abbey is a UNESCO World Heritage listed monument.
Saint-Gilles today has 13500 inhabitants. It is strategically positioned in the Gard as a link between Languedoc and Provence (with Nimes 16 km away and Arles 15 km away). It is only 10 km from Nimes airport and 40 minutes from the local beaches. You will find in Saint-Gilles all the main facilities and services, including schools and a music school.
Saint-Gilles is a charming town with its small marina on the Rhone to Sete Canal, its old streets and its outstanding Abbey.