Population : approximately 500
Distance from Uzès : 19km
Lussan is a small but very pretty perched village just a short drive from Uzès which was awarded “Village of Character” label along with Barjac and Vézénobres by the tourism authority.
Whilst not much remains of its original 12th century castle except the walls, there are wonderful panoramic views from the car park near the castle remnants. Two other castles were built – one in the 15th century by the Lords of Lussan, which now houses the Town Hall and another at the base of the village in the 17th century near the source of the River Fan.
Castle Fan was later to become the summer residence of the Gide family including the Noble Prize winning author André Gide and his uncle, the noted economist Charles Gide, until 1920.
The architecture and composition of the stone houses here is quite different from those in Uzès and as there is no restriction concerning style and presentation such as exists in the historic centre of Uzès, the exteriors are often covered in a profusion of climbing roses and other attractive creepers.
There are lovely park areas including the Jardin du Bois or the Box Tree Garden. An original silk spinning mill La Filature Roux is a reminder of its past.
Centrally, Chestnut Tree Square (La Place des Marroniers) has 2 local potters and a working forge and there a couple of tea rooms and café nearby plus Le Bistrot de Lussan near the Jules Ferry square offering good value in an outdoor setting but take cash only.
Ceramics of Lussan
On the road heading towards St. Ambroix is the pottery studio famous for its ceramic guinea fowl in particular but also has other ceramic poultry such as ducks, hens, turkeys and roosters. This is the actual factory / workshop where you can also purchase or order a special item. It is open 7 days a week in summer and closed Sundays for the rest of the year and there is a small retail outlet in Uzès also.
Ceramics of Lussan (www.ceramiques-de-lussan.com) Ph. +33 4 66 72 90 92