Music, History & More in the south of France

Summer in the South of France means sun, sea… and music! The vibrant Festival de Nîmes is an undeniable highlight, attracting thousands of music lovers to the beautiful city of Nîmes every year. In this blog we delve deeper into the world of this festival: from its rich history to contemporary programming, with a touch of attention to the city of Nîmes itself.

The Festival de Nîmes takes place in the Nîmes arena. A spectacular experience.

A Musical Time Travel: The History of Festival de Nîmes

The roots of Festival de Nîmes reach far back in time. As early as 1953, concerts took place in the Roman Arena of Nîmes, the famous location where the festival still takes place today. In the decades that followed, the festival grew into an established name in the international festival atmosphere.

From the start, Festival de Nîmes distinguished itself from other festivals by its focus on diversity. From jazz and classical to rock and pop, all genres were welcome on the Arena stage.

This openness quickly attracted big names. In the decades that followed, legends such as Ray Charles, Bob Dylan, Nina Simone, Elton John, David Bowie, U2 and Radiohead graced the Festival de Nîmes bill.

The contemporary programming maintains that diversity, with attention to both established stars and emerging talent. In 2024 you can enjoy Eric Clapton, Slimane & Claudio Capéo, SCH, PLK & Bekar and many more.

An undeniable success:

Festival de Nîmes steadily grew into a true giant in the French music world. With more than 100,000 visitors every year, the festival delights music lovers from all corners of the world.

The unique setting of the Arena, combined with the varied programming and the breathtaking atmosphere, make Festival de Nîmes an unforgettable experience. The festival is more than just music; it is a celebration of culture, diversity and togetherness.

Domaine Cadignac Your perfect base

Make Domaine Cadignac your home base during your cultural visit in Nîmes. Our beautiful domain, located in the idyllic hills just outside the city, offers you peace and comfort. Enjoy our swimming pool or explore the beautiful surroundings on foot or by bike.

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A look at the future:

Festival de Nîmes is ready to continue to shine for decades to come. With a tireless commitment to quality and innovation, the festival strives to create unforgettable musical moments for generations to come.

Every year in June and July, Nîmes comes alive during the Nîmes Festival. This international music festival attracts artists from all over the world, with genres ranging from jazz and rock to pop and electronic music. Discover the program for 2024 and enjoy unforgettable concerts in a unique ambiance.

Festivals: From Ancient Traditions to Modern Extravaganzas

For centuries, music festivals have been a way to bring people together and enjoy music, dance and togetherness. From the exuberant parties in ancient Greece to today’s mega concerts with millions of visitors, the formula remains universal: music unites.

Nowadays festivals also play an important role in the local economy and tourism. Nîmes is no exception. The city is buzzing during the festival weekend, with numerous restaurants, cafes and hotels taking advantage of the influx of visitors.

Nîmes: More than Just Music

Besides the festival, Nîmes has much more to offer. The city has a rich history, evidenced by beautiful monuments such as the Roman Arena, the Maison Carrée and the Jardins de la Fontaine.

For nature lovers, there is the beautiful surroundings of the Gardon valley, with numerous walking and cycling routes. And for the gourmet? Nîmes is known for its gastronomy, with local specialties such as la brandade de Nîmes and Gardiane de Taureau.

Whether you come for the music, history, nature or gastronomy, Nîmes has something for everyone. Festival de Nîmes is more than a festival: it is a unique experience in the heart of the south of France.

Tips for an Unforgettable Festival Experience:

  • Buy your tickets on time: The popular concerts sell out quickly.
  • Discover the city: Combine your festival visit with sightseeing.
  • Try the local cuisine: Enjoy the Provencal specialties.
  • Enjoy the atmosphere: Festival de Nîmes is a unique experience, go for it!

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With these tips you are ready for an unforgettable Festival de Nîmes! Let yourself be carried away by the music, enjoy the beautiful surroundings and experience the hospitality of the south of France.

Domaine Cadignac
where history, gastronomy and music come together for an unforgettable holiday.



The weather in Provence and especially here in the Gard, is variable and offers all year round it is a beautiful backdrop for each of the four seasons. The wind whispers through the lavender fields, the sun caresses your face. Provence, famous for its blissful Mediterranean climate at its best. But did you know that this paradise can also be fickle?


The Côtes du Rhône in the winter: a fairytale landscape.

Winter in the Côtes du Rhône is a magical season. Temperatures regularly drop to freezing point, causing the vineyard hills to be covered with a layer of frost. The vines, which are still bare during this period, seem to sleep under their white blanket. In the fields you see pruners who behave like… a colony of ants moving around and busy pruning the vines for the new season. The lavender fields, which turn so purple in the summer, are now covered with a white veil. In our holiday homes, the fireplace creates a cozy and warm atmosphere.

The perfect place to relax and enjoy the winter beauty of the Côtes du Rhône.

It’s the perfect time to enjoy long walks in the fresh air and enjoy local food dishes by the fireplace. The annual truffle market in Uzès (which always falls on the 3rd Sunday in January) is a recurring spectacle in which this black diamond is passed from hand to hand with some secrecy for spectacular prices.

The weather in provence from may


The weather in Provence in May brings everything back to life, everywhere you see colorful flowers and green landscapes.

The temperature starts to rise slowly and the sun starts to shine more often. It is the ideal time to enjoy the nature and the picturesque villages in the area. It is also the time when the attics and garages are cleaned up and a lively energy is created that many people are involved in art and kitch collected over the years is exhibited in the well-known vide greniers and marche aux puces with the final highlight is the annual 5-day flea and antique market at Easter in Barjac, just 20 kilometers away from us. Suppliers from all over the country proudly come here to offer their wares for sale.


In summer, Provence is at its best, with bright blue skies and regular temperatures exceed 30 degrees.

Start the day early and treat yourself to a visit to one of the Provencal markets near us and enjoy the colorful stalls crammed with succulents fruit, shiny vegetables, artisanal cheeses, creamy tapenades, fragrant herbs and handmade soaps. The local farmers and artisans proudly present their harvest and creations.

Returned to your holiday home at Domaine Cadignac, full of the inspiration you gained at the market and with all the ingredients for a delicious meal, it’s time to relax. Enjoy the sunset by the pool, while you go about the day with a cooling drink in your hand. Or take a seat on your terrace, surrounded by the scents of Provence, and taste the culinary creations that you have prepared with love.

No sun for a day?
Provence has more to offer than just sunny days. On a rainy day you can ….. make a trip to one of the nearby cities, such as Avignon, Nîmes or Uzès.

These cities are full of culture and history:

  • Avignon: Admire the Papal Palace, where the Popes resided for centuries. Stroll through the charming streets of the old town and enjoy the Provencal atmosphere.
  • Nîmes: Visit the Roman amphitheater, where gladiators fought their battles, but a visit to Maison Carrée or Les Jardins de la Fontaine should not be missed. Also admire the beautiful Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct.
  • Uzès: Explore the medieval town – the first Duchy of France – with its well-known Place aux Herbes, La Tour Fenestrelle, Le Duché d’Uzès but also its narrow streets.

Would you rather stay indoors?
Thanks to our free unlimited and fast fiber optic internet you can stay indoors and still enjoy all your favorite online activities:

  • Stream your favorite movies or series.
  • Listen to your Spotify music.
  • Download your e-book.
  • Play online games.
  • Surf on the Internet.

Make it cozy with a cup of hot chocolate and a good book. Enjoy the peace and quiet relaxation from your holiday home. Provence has something for everyone, whatever the weather!

The weather in Provence from September


The weather in Provence in September – autumn glory: a palette of inspiration. The summer heat has given way to a gentle breeze, the crowds of tourists have left. Provence reveals its true beauty in a new, inspiring guise. The vineyards turn golden red, the lavender fields turn into purple slopes and the olive trees are bathed in ….. silver-gray light.

A dazzling color palette decorates the landscape: golden leaves, warm tones and a soft autumn glow create an enchanting atmosphere. The temperature drops gradually, but is still inviting to enjoy the outdoors.

Visit the local markets, taste the culinary autumn specialties of the region and be surprised by the flavors and scents of the season. Or choose ultimate relaxation in your holiday home, where you can dream away at the splendor of Provence. Come experience the magic of Provence in autumn!


  • In summer it is important to protect yourself well against the sun. Wear sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat.
  • In winter it can get cold in the evenings. So bring a warm sweater or jacket.
  • For all seasons: bring comfortable shoes, because there is a lot to see and do in the south of France!
  • Please note that the weather can be very different in 14 days.


  • The name „Provence“ comes from the Latin „provincia“, which means „wine region“.
  • The Romans already loved the mild climate of Provence.
  • There are numerous myths and legends about the weather in Provence.
  • Mistral wind: The wind is caused by a high-pressure area above the Bay of Biscay and a low-pressure area above the Gulf of Genoa. This pressure difference creates a strong wind that is channeled through the Rhône Valley and flows towards the Mediterranean Sea.


Winter (December – February)

  • Temperature: Temperatures in the south of France are mild in winter, with an average temperature of 10°C. However, it can be colder in the mountains, with temperatures hovering around 0°C.
  • Precipitation: Winter is the rainy season in southern France, especially in the Mediterranean areas. Snowfall is rare, except in the mountains.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines less in winter than in the rest of the year, with an average of 5 hours of sunshine per day.

Spring (March – May)

  • Temperature: Temperatures in spring warm gradually, with an average temperature of 15°C in March and 20°C in May.
  • Precipitation: Rainfall decreases in spring, but showers can still occur.
  • Sunshine: The sun is shining more and more, with an average of 7 hours of sunshine per day in May.

Summer (June – August)

  • Temperature: Summers in the south of France are warm and dry, with temperatures averaging 25°C. In July and August the mercury can even rise to 35°C.
  • Precipitation: There is little rain in summer, with only a few showers per month.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines brightly, with an average of 10 hours of sunshine per day.

Autumn (September – November)

  • Temperature: Temperatures gradually drop in autumn, with an average temperature of 20°C in September and 15°C in November.
  • Precipitation: Rainfall increases in autumn, but there are still many sunny days.
  • Sunshine: The sun shines less than in summer, with an average of 6 hours of sunshine per day.

Differences in seasons
The seasons in the south of France are clearly distinguishable. Summers are warm and dry, winters mild and rainy, spring and autumn pleasant with changeable weather.

Most tourists come to the South of France in the summer, when the weather is warm and sunny. During this period the beaches are busy, there are many festivals and events, and the prices of hotels and restaurants are higher.

In winter it is quieter in the south of France. Prices are lower, and there are fewer tourists. This is a good time for walking, cycling or skiing in the mountains.

Climate change
Over the past 10 years, the weather in the south of France has become slightly warmer and drier. Summers are longer and hotter, and winters shorter and milder. Sea levels have also risen, which can lead to flooding in coastal areas.


  • Choose the best period for your trip: If you like warm weather, summer is the best period to travel to the south of France. If you prefer mild weather, spring and autumn are good options. Winter is a cheap time to travel, but there are fewer tourist activities.
  • Be prepared for different weather conditions: In the south of France the weather can change quickly. So bring clothes for different temperatures and weather conditions.
  • Check the weather forecast before you travel: This way you know what to expect and you can prepare for it.


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Provence, an unforgettable destination in every season. Whether you are looking for sun-drenched days or cooling off in autumn, our holiday homes in the Gard offer the perfect base.

domaine Cadignac – maison d’hôtes


Orange Roman city in the Provence

With its rich history and historical sites, Orange, Roman city in Provence, is a must-visit destination for lovers of culture and history. Orange is a beautiful former Roman city located 18 km from domaine Cadignac.


The famous Roman theatre of Orange is one of the best preserved theatres of antiquity and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Built during the reign of Emperor Augustus, the Roman theatre is extremely well preserved. It features an amazing facade: 103 metres long and 37 metres high! A prime location for theatre at the time of the Romans, but still today thanks to its incredible acoustics. Every year, performances are staged in the Roman theatre; several performances are also scheduled for next spring, summer and autumn.

The famous Roman theatre of Orange, one of the best preserved theatres of antiquity.


Orange is partly known for its Arc de Triomphe which, like the Roman theatre, dates from the 1st century AD. This monument is one of the most beautiful and interesting surviving examples of an Arc de Triomphe.

Orange is partly known for its Arc de Triomphe, it dates from the 1st century AD.


What many people do not know is that from the public park -Colline Saint Eutrope- you have a great view over the historic centre of Orange with its Roman theatre but also on the Rhone River. This park contains the remains of the city’s entire history, especially that of the castle of the Princes of Oranje-Nassau. The city has ties to the House of Orange-Nassau. In 1544, William of Nassau inherited this city from his cousin René of Chalon and became prince of Orange (Orange).

Discover traces of this rich past in the streets and squares of the town. A visit to Notre-Dame-de-Nazareth Cathedral (13th century) with its beautiful murals and stained-glass windows should not be missed.


Every Thursday morning you can taste the typical Provençal atmosphere during the market in Orange as you stroll past the stalls selling crafts and local products.


Orange: An unforgettable journey back in time. Just 32 kilometres from Domaine Cadignac is the beautiful Roman city of Orange. A treasure trove of cultural heritage, this historical gem offers visitors a unique experience.

The famous Roman theatre of Orange, one of the best preserved theatres of antiquity, is known for its impressive architecture and acoustics. Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of ancient Rome and enjoy a performance in this unique setting. Besides the theatre, there are many other historical sights to discover in Orange, such as the Arc de Triomphe and the Roman Museum. Explore the ancient streets, admire the beautiful buildings and get carried away by the rich history of this fascinating city.

A visit to Orange is a trip back in time and a great addition to our guests’ stay at Domaine Cadignac. We are delighted that this beautiful city is so close by and look forward to introducing our guests to Orange’s rich history and charm. A day trip to Orange is highly recommended and will certainly add an unforgettable experience to their stay with us.

A video made by Bruno Maltor about the beautiful city of Orange.

SOURCE STATEMENT: Wikipedia & OT-Orange


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Welcome to beautiful Saint Victor la Coste (only 12 km away from our domain).

Located in the south of France, this charming village is a true gem in the Occitanie region. With its rich history, breathtaking landscapes and warm hospitality, Saint Victor la Coste is a destination you won’t want to miss.

medieval fortress

One of the most striking features is the imposing castle that towers high above the village. Dating back to the 12th century, this medieval fortress offers spectacular views of the surrounding area and is a must-see for history buffs. Stroll through the ancient stone walls and be enchanted by the stories this place has to tell.

Besides the castle it also has a picturesque historic centre. Stroll through the narrow cobbled streets and admire the beautiful old houses with their colourful facades. Stop at one of the cosy cafés and enjoy a delicious cup of coffee while observing the locals going about their daily lives.

Another attraction not to be missed is the Église Saint-Victor. Built in the 14th century, this beautiful church is a masterpiece of Gothic architecture. Step inside and admire the impressive vaults, stained-glass windows and detailed sculptures. It is a place of peace and spirituality, where you can escape from the hustle and bustle of everyday life for a while.

nature lover’s

It is also a paradise for nature lover’s. The village is surrounded by lush vineyards and green hills, making it the perfect place for hiking and cycling. Explore the beautiful landscapes and breathe in the fresh air while enjoying the peace and quiet of the countryside.

If you are a lover of wine it’s the place to be. The village is known for its excellent wines, especially the Côtes du Rhône. Visit one of the local wineries and taste the delicious wines produced here. Learn more about the winemaking process and enjoy the warm hospitality of the winemakers.

After a day full of discoveries and adventures, it is time to enjoy the local cuisine. There are a number of restaurants where you can enjoy traditional Provençal dishes. Sample the flavours of the region, such as ratatouille, bouillabaisse and lavender honey. Indulge your taste buds and enjoy the culinary delights this region has to offer.

In short, Saint Victor la Coste is a destination that will capture your heart. With its rich history, breathtaking landscapes and delicious gastronomy, this village is a place where you will immediately feel at home. Immerse yourself in the local culture, meet the friendly locals and be enchanted by the beauty of Saint Victor la Coste.