Remoulins is situated 5km from the Pont du Gard, halfway between Avignon and Nîmes, and gets its name from the Provençal word for whirlwind.
At the crossroads of Languedoc and the Rhône Valley, people often pass through the village on the national route, without stopping or even thinking that Old Remoulins, situated on the banks of the Gardon River, is worth a visit.
Even if most of present-day life can be found along the main avenue, you just have go a few metres to discover the medieval village and some remains from the Middle Ages: the Romanesque church of Notre Dame de Bethléem, the 2 medieval towers, the keep and the 12th century fortified town gate.
A parking lot by the side of the Gardon river lets you easily park and take a refreshing or even gourmet break in one of the village's bars and restaurants.
From the parking lot, you can also walk along the dyke, which protects the historic centre from the flooding of the Gardon, and have a stroll along the banks to the dam before turning off to visit Old Remoulins.
A large part of the town was destroyed during the wars of religion between the Protestants and Catholics in the 16th and 17th centuries. But some remarkable elements of its medieval heritage still remain. And the houses, some restored, present you with mullion windows and ogee arches above their doors.
Ramparts once surrounded the village and protected it from flooding. Today, only the 12th century gate, which once had a drawbridge, and the 11th century Escaravats Tower, with the remains of its machicolations, still remain.
12th century fortified town gate in Remoulins
Place du Portail in Remoulins
The 11th century Escaravats Tower
House in the Old Remoulins
Walk in the streets of Remoulins
Saint Martin Notre Dame Church in Remoulins
You certainly can't miss the Notre-Dame de Bethléem Church that dominates the old centre with its wall belfry. As its name indicates (Our Lady of Bethlehem, in English), it was built in the 12th century upon the return from the Crusades.
Deconsecrated in the 19th century following the construction of the new church, it has served several functions: school, staff housing, town hall, courtroom and prison. Since 1970, it is closed to the public.
A 3-year restoration project was started at the end of 2015 in order to preserve this remarkable edifice and transform it into a cultural centre and museum of Old Remoulins.
Worksite tours will be organized (information: Mayor's Office 33 4 66 37 14 50).
Across from the Escaravats Tower, you will find the Saint-Martin Notre Dame Church, built at the start of the 19th century on the site of the old cemetery. Inside, the organ built by Prosper-Antoine Moitessier in 1851 is listed as a Historic Monument.
To find out more, the Tourist Office of the Pont du Gard has drawn up a small itinerary to discover Old Remoulins and the association Les Deux Tours offers tours of the village (33 4 66 37 14 07).
Le Gardon à Remoulins
Dam on the Gardon in Remoulins
The Pont du Gard - Roman aqueduct
In the area around the village :
- The vestiges of the Roman Aqueduct along the GR65 hiking trail
- The St Martin Chapel
- The 17th century Château de Rabasse, a former fortified castle. Private property, it cannot be visited.
- The vestiges of the suspension bridge (the work of the Seguin family, inventors in France of the principle of suspension bridges) and the small industries of the 19th century
- The orchard plain of La Vigière
- The Pont du Gard aqueduct, 5 km away
An easy kayak trip between the Pont du Gard and Remoulins lets you admire the famous Roman aqueduct. Landing pier on the right bank in Remoulins, after the bridge, direction Nîmes.
- The weekly market on Friday mornings on the Place de la Madone
- The bullfight festivals in the arena and village