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Saint-Gilles is a town located in Gard in the south of France. It is known as the gateway to the Camargue which are plains which extend from the Costieres to the Mediterranean sea. This port town is well known as a popular sardine fishing region, but is also well known for its olive industry and interesting historical sites. In nearby Nimes you can visit fruit orchards as this area is known for agriculture. While the town is quaint and historic it is also fairly modern and most of your needs will be wonderfully catered to at any one of the Saint-Gilles hotels offered by Hotels.com. Hotels.com's rooms are guest reviewed which raises customer satisfaction levels. A sample photo of each room is viewable on our website, so there won't be any surprises once you arrive. All Hotels.com rooms are beautifully furnished, comfortable and well-appointed.
Built around a historic and culturally important port, famous for its sardine fishing, the town also offers monuments, churches, museums and gardens to enjoy. The Benedictine abbey of Saint-Gilles is famous for its awe inspiring Romanesque façade which has been declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. The Shrine of Saint-Gilles is an important pilgrimage point for women who wish to bear children as it is said to enhance fertility. Saint-Gilles was the birthplace of Pope Clement IV whose birth home is a museum of the fascinating archaeology, ethnology and ornithology of the Camargue region. At Le Moulin des Costieres visitors can tour a working olive plantation, enjoy tapenades and buy olive based products like olive oil, while enjoying natural surroundings. Saint-Gilles hotels are conveniently located central to attractions in the area.
Tips for Getting Along with Locals in Saint-Gilles
Built around the church and Gilles, the town's founder, the port is also an important sardine fishing region with the maritime life being a focal point for many locals. Fresh seafood is found at Saint-Gilles hotels and restaurants and typical French food, wine and pastries can be found at eateries and cafes in the area. Farming, wine production and tree growing are important topics of conversation for locals. Saint-Gilles culture combines modernity with authentic French living. To meet people visit the Pond of Coute during summer as the area is a popular spot for couples and families to walk, hike or socialize. At restaurants you will often find families and friends enjoying a dinner of gardiane or cassoulet. The French do love meeting new people and despite being initially reserved with strangers, taking the time to learn some basic French phrases is a great ice-breaker and appreciated by the average French citizen.