Population : approximately 1600
Distance from Uzès: 42 km.
Market Day: Friday
Less than an hour from Uzès lies Barjac which was a prosperous town of the Middle Ages known for agriculture, silk and coal mining in its past lies between the River Cèze and the River Ardèche.
The old city centre of Barjac still retains its narrow mediaeval lanes and remnants of castles from the Middle Ages as well as the town houses of the Renaissance period giving it are a number of interesting architectural styles. It has recently been awarded the title “Village of Character” along with Lussan and Vézénobres.
The castle of the Counts of Roure at one stage called “The Citadel” has undergone a number of changes since the 12th century but now houses a library in the former stables and a cinema in the old kitchens. The small laneways or “ruelles” are worth a wander as many small shops and cafes are to be found amongst them as well as other lanes opening out onto squares with shady trees and outdoor eating venues. Parking is generally found close to the town centre.
The Festival de Barjac takes place every July and is a celebration of the French tradition of Chansons de Parole and takes place in the castle grounds. They also hold a large antique and flea market twice a year at Easter and in mid- August with many eager buyers descending on the town.