Whilst Uzès is a fantastic place to just hangout, there are also many interesting areas to explore close by, be it Provencal towns & hilltop villages, Roman architecture, vineyards, arts festivals, antiques, beaches or the beautiful landscapes of the Camargue, Cevennes & the Luberon.
Le Pont du Gard
Uzès is just 15 minutes drive from the famous Pont du Gard - part of a 50km aqueduct built in AD60 by the Romans to channel water from the spring source in Uzès to the townspeople of Nimes.
It is a dramatic sight that should not be missed - listed a world heritage by Unesco in 1985. An incredible technical feat, you can learn about the history of its construction and contribution to life in Roman times in the on-site museum. On the beach below, you can fish and kayak or just paddle, swim and picnic. Another great way to see this spectacular site is to descend the river Gardon by canoe/kayak from Collias.
From our lovely townhouse near the cathedral it is a pleasant 20 minute walk through the Vallée de l'Eure along the river L'Alzon to the source at the Fontaine d'Eure. To complete the visit, take a trip to see the terminus in Nimes.
Avignon & the Roman Cities
If you're interested in history and architecture, the nearby cities of Avignon, Nimes and Arles have much to offer and are well worth a day trip. Avignon was the papal seat for 70 years in the 1300s and the Papal Palace from then is very impressive as is the medieval wall surrounding the old city. It is also home to the largest arts festival in France during July.
Visit the Roman temple, Maison Carrée, in Nimes and its famous Roman Amphitheatre, still used as a venue today for concerts and bull-fighting.
Aside from its Romain remains, Arles is famous for inspiring many of Van Gogh's paintings.
The Camargue and Beaches
If you prefer outdoor activities or bird watching, the Camargue is a unique destination. Home to thousands of pink flamingos and its famous wild white horses and black bulls, the hiking and cycling is great for those who like flat terrain! Or take a pony trek or jeep safari across the salt marshes and paddies of red rice.
The town of Aigues-Mortes is one of the best preserved and prettiest walled cities in France and the town of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer has several kilometres of fine sandy beaches.
Wine Tours and Cookery Classes
Uzès offers fabulous local produce sourced from local farms and vineyards. All our properties offer fully equipped kitchens for those who enjoy cooking themselves... or we can recommend a chef to cook for you at home!
There are some great local wineries to visit or you can take a day trip to Chateauneuf du Pape and visit the growers there. It's easy to do alone or there are organised tours available that we can help you organise.
There are several cooking schools locally which can help you to get the most out of the best seasonal produce.
To get off the beaten tracks and see unspoiled rural France at its best, you can escape to the beautiful, rugged landscapes of the Cévennes mountains. Great for hiking and avoiding the tourists in summer.
In neighbouring Provence, The Alpilles hills lie to the south east of Uzès. Visit winegrowers in Gigondas or Vacqueyras or have lunch in one of the hill villages nestling in the hills with spectacular views. Visit the pretty town of St-Rémy-de-Provence or the partially ruined hilltop fortress of Les Baux-de-Provence.