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Historic and picturesque Sommières

Sommières is an historic and picturesque town that is situated in the heart of the Languedoc wine lands, in the sunny Gard department of southern France. The town is situated on the Vidourle River, with the mediaeval town occupying the left bank, and the modern parts of town on the right. In the past, Sommières has been subject to serious floods, but the upside of life in this lovely town is enough to outweigh this inconvenience!

Sights and monuments

The old part of town is exquisite, and retains many original features. Among the most important sights are the stunning Roman Bridge that spans the Vidourle River, two arcaded market squares, Roman grid patterned streets, the remains of original fortifications, a 17th century clock tower, a castle tower and many lovely traditional buildings.

Modern life easily accommodated

There is no shortage of amenities in the town, and both the old and the new areas of Sommières offer a good choice of shops, restaurants and bars. The old quarter is the most atmospheric, with the squares being lined with delightful restaurants where you can really enjoy all the "saveurs" of the town. Meanwhile in the new part of town there is a very impressive shopping mall which is useful for serious retail therapy!

Markets, festivals and fêtes

Every Saturday sees a market set up in the squares, where you can enjoy the traditional French way of shopping. Sommières hosts various cultural events, with a colourful festival held in the summer which includes bullfighting as well as all the usual merriment of a French fête.

Out and about

The Gard is a lovely, largely rural department, and the landscapes that surround the town are characterised by vineyards and "garrigues" which are Mediterranean scrub land, redolent with wild herbs. The area is keenly involved with the production of wines, and to some extent, of olive oils, and it can make for an interesting day out to visit the wine estates and take part in a tour and tasting.

Why not visit Nîmes or the Camargues?

The lovely city of Nîmes begs to be explored, and it is just a short drive to the coast, where the marshy lands of the Camargues, with their black bulls and white horses await you.

How to get there

The nearest airport is found at Nîmes, but Avignon, Montpellier, Béziers, Carcassonne and Marseille are all near enough to be practical choices. The nearest auto route is the A9, and the nearest major railway station is at Nîmes.

Property prices and availability in and around Sommières

The Gard isn't one of France's cheapest areas for property, but it remains more affordable in general then neighbouring Provence. Sommières is a popular town and property holds its price well here. Rental values for desirable properties are also good.

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Sommières AT A GLANCE

WHERE IS Sommières?

Sommières is situated in the south of France. It lies in the south of the Gard department, close to the border with Hérault.

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IN THE REGION OF LANGUEDOC-ROUSSILLON

Languedoc-Roussillon Guide

Languedoc-Roussillon Property Map

IN THE DEPARTMENT OF GARD

Gard Guide

  Gard Map


Population: 4,505


Access: By air: Fly to Nîmes, Montpellier, Avignon, Béziers, Carcassonne or Marseille. By rail: Train travel will take you to nearby Nîmes. By road: The town is located just five minutes from the A9 auto route.


Economy: The economy is predominantly agricultural, with wine production important.


Interesting fact: The acclaimed writer Lawrence Durrell lived in Sommières between 1966 and 1990.

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