7 Days with Practically French
There is more than enough for you to do in and around Uzès – so to get you started, we have put together a sample itinerary for your stay. All these interesting towns and villages below are within 30-60 minutes drive from Uzès!
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Arrive: FRIDAY pm usually (or SATURDAY, if arranged)
- Walk around Uzès to Place Albert / Place Dampmartin and main Place Aux Herbes
- Peruse our “Where to Eat” guide
- Have a drink and people watch and soak up the atmosphere
- Go early to fantastic general market on Saturday starting at end of our street and covering all of central Uzès
- Food, wine, books, clothes, shoes, brocante, pottery etc.
L’Isle sur la Sorgue – famous for antiques / brocante
- Surrounded by the river Sorgue
- A unique place with old water wheels still in use
- Great Sunday morning market – fresh food and general items
- Browse the antique brocante stores on boulevard
- A charming place to have lunch – be prompt at noon!
…OR Head to nearby Fontaine de Vaucluse where you can follow the Sorgue river which supplies L’isle sur La Sorgue.
- Great paper mill still in working order
- Glass blowing
- Very nice places to eat especially overlooking the river
Interested in Roman antiquity plus van Gogh? Why not Visit St. Rémy de Provence instead?
- Beautiful town although quite similar in ways to Uzès but a little more commercial
- Just south of the town is Glanum – wonderful Roman ruins to explore
- St Paul psychiatric asylum where Vincent Van Gogh spent a year. Can visit his actual room and still see the olive trees and other scenes as he painted them
- Tarascon castle – 15th century Provençal castle in Tarascon on way back to Uzès
- Continue back to Uzès through Remoulins.
- Using map of Uzès and read description or listen to App- Uzès audio-guide “Pays d’Uzès” in English starting at Introduction and then Office de tourisme (Tourist office) etc.
- Walk down the end of Boulevard Charles Gide
- Walk along river bank and find the source of the Eure which is the spring water used by Romans to go from Uzès via the Pont du Gard Aqueduc to provide drinking water to people of Nîmes
- Walk to the only remaining Roman aqueduct in Europe
- If it is a lovely day – well worth the climb up the tower to take views of Uzès
- Really worth seeing the rooms inside the castle
- If the current Duke of Uzès & family is in residence, then his royal standard will be flying – he is related to Prince Albert of Monaco who visited recently
- Medieval garden (Jardin Mediéval) and King’s tower – open every day. Use of plants/herbs in middle ages, plus very interesting history of clock tower and rooms which served a prison until 1926.
- Explore historic centre including famous Pont d’Avignon
- Lovely gardens right at the top with views – great for light lunch at restaurant or BYO picnic
- Palais du Papes – Papal Palace when the south of France was in fact part of Italy
- Backstreets are interesting with small cafés/bistros
- Les Halles market and vertical garden open Tues to Sunday – lots of places to eat nearby
- Take little white train ride – worth it!
- Fort St André
- Gardens of the Abbey of St. André
- Tower of Philippe le Bel
- Olive Oil Mill & café
- “Moulin de la Chartreuse” locals bring olives to be pressed
- Walk along the main street – some nice small outdoor cafés.
- Morning farmer’s market Uzès – grab supplies
- Visit Pont du Gard
- Allow plenty of time – can take a picnic lunch or buy food there plus restaurant.
- Kayaking possible from Collias along river Gardon
- Alternatively, after you’ve seen enough drive to nearby Castillon du Gard and have lunch there at 1 of 2 casual café/restaurants.
- If you take the bus – it stops in behind the railway station, then just walk through station to main Ave Feuchères and Blvd de la Liberation et voilà: the magnificent Roman arena is in front of you!
- Behind arena – find main historic centre and very good shops and restaurants
- Keep walking towards the Roman Maison Carrée which has been restored
- Watch an excellent film about its original purpose
- Musée de Vieux Nîmes – history of denim -serge fabric made in Nîmes (“de Nîmes”) well before Levi Strauss made it famous in US
- Lovely botanical gardens in Nîmes – need to catch transport to Tour Magne and Castellum as quite a walk otherwise.
- Just a 10 minute drive from Uzès
- Friday market
- Pottery museum and various ateliers (workshops) of local potters
- Lunch at a local bar can be very good – opposite the tourism office where “petanque” is often played.
…OR visit Goudargues
- Canal runs through the centre with huge plane trees for shade
- 23k from Uzès but a pretty drive
- At the end of the canal is a restored wash-house and 12th-century church
- Nice shops to browse and places to eat.
…then continue to La Roque-sur-Cèze
- Small medieval village (but is on a steep hill) with old château (although not open to public.)
- Cascades de Sautadet seen when walk along river towards ancient stone bridge.
…OR visit Lussan and /or Vézénobres or Lussan and/or Barjac
- Pretty hilltop village with 2 castles – only 1 remaining with clock tower and now the local mairie (town hall)
- Great views and history of silk making and mulberry trees for silk worms etc.
- Nice to walk around – very quiet
- Nearby – reached by car is pottery factory where they make famous “pintade” or guinea fowl and can buy direct or purchase seconds.
- Another medieval hilltop village and more difficult to walk around than Lussan.
- Has Friday market so parking may be a little busy but lovely place and quite a lot bigger but with lots of interesting little lanes and shops and places to eat & drink.
- grab some fish at the Uzès market
- explore Uzès some more – taste some local wines
- enjoy a leisurely lunch at Place aux Herbes or Place Albert.