Things to Do

Around Uzès

A Short History of the Duchy (Duke’s Castle) of Uzès

The town of Uzès became important when the Romans who had a military camp or "castrum" there, took the water from the Eure spring in order to provide drinkable water to Nîmes, the regional capital, 55 kilometres away. They managed to do this by building an aqueduct...

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A Walk Around Uzès

A good place to start is Place Albert which has a fountain and some lively outdoor cafés as well as the Tourism office which has helpful information including a good map with a self guided walking tour in English, French and German of the main points of interest. The...

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Nearby Places

St. Quentin la Poterie

Population: approximately 3000 Distance from Uzès: 5km Market day: Friday Literally 10 minutes from Uzès is the lovely town of St Quentin La Poterie which has been synonymous with pottery artisans since the 14th century and enjoys an excellent reputation in the world...

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Lussan

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...

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Collias

Population : approximately 1000 Distance from Uzès : 7 km Market Day: Wednesday Only 15 minutes from Uzès, heading in the direction of Avignon, is the delightful riverside village of Collias. In the past it was associated with the silk industry but now it is mainly...

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Barjac

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...

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Vézénobres

Population : approximately 1800 Distance from Uzès : 27km Market day: Thursday Only half an hour away from Uzès is the beautiful perched village of Vézénobres which has been awarded a “Village of Character” label along with Barjac and Lussan. It is noted for its...

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Nîmes

Nîmes - famous for the origin of denim fabric (de Nîmes = of Nîmes) and a well preserved Roman arena Population: 150,000 Distance from Uzès: 24km Market Day: Monday Around half an hour by car from Uzès, Nîmes had its origin in 6th century BC and became a...

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Châteauneuf-du-Pape

Market day: Friday Population: around 2000 Distance: 47km from Uzès (under an hour) Famous for its full bodied red wines, the charm of this village north of Avignon  is in the number of “caveaux de dégustation” offering free wine tastings in both centuries old and...

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Avignon

Population: 94,000 Market at Les Halles, Place Pie (Tues.-Sun.) Distance from Uzès: 40km (45minutes) I have lost count of the number of times that I have been to Avignon over the years and have stayed in the historic centre as well as on the periphery especially when...

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Further Afield

Les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer

When it is beautiful sunny and warm it's hard not to think of the beach or swimming and in France I often associate it with a meal of fresh fish or shellfish. Directly south from Uzés and taking around an hour and a half if using main roads, is the lovely seaside town...

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St Remy de Provence

Population: 10, 660 Distance from Uzès : 54km Market Day : Wednesday I have yet to catch sight of past resident Princess Caroline of Monaco here but you never know…. Meanwhile it is a lovely place to have a wander and a long lunch once you manage to secure a car park!...

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Lourmarin

Population: approximately 1200 Distance from Uzès: 107 km Market Day: Friday Just over 1 -1/2 hours away from Uzès is the pretty village of Lourmarin next to the 15th century Renaissance castle Villa Medicis de Provence. If you approach it from Bonnieux the road goes...

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L’Isle sur la Sorgue

Population:  approx.19,000 Distance from Uzès: 65Kms Market day: Thursday & Sunday Situated seemingly in the middle of the river Sorgue which has its source in Fontaine de Vaucluse, L'Isle sur la Sorgue has been a favourite of mine to visit for several years not...

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Roussillon

Population: 1300 Distance from Uzès: 86 kms (1-1/2 hours) Market Day: Thursday morning I have lost count of the number of times that I have visited Roussillon over the years, but I never grow tired of seeing the amazing red ochre cliffs and the canyon of vertical...

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Gordes

Population:  approx. 2130 Distance from Uzès: 76 km (1- 1½ hours) Market Day: Tuesday morning Gordes is one of the most photographed villages in France along with Roussillon. The limestone houses all seem to be built and stepped  into the rock on the one side of the...

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Fontaine-de-Vaucluse

Just a short drive from L’Isle-sur-la -Sorgue is the delightful town of Fontaine-de-Vaucluse where the source of the River Sorgue which encircles the former is to be found cascading noisily through the valley. It is a beautiful intense emerald colour and popular with...

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