Uzès

Uzès is a beautiful Provencal town rich in medieval history & buildings that has been meticulously restored.  The old town is mostly pedestrian & Uzès remains far more authentic than its more well known neighbours.  It is a fantastic place from which to explore the region or just to hang out in! 

La Place aux Herbes

The historic centre with its beautifully restored cobbled lanes is a wonderful place to wander around exploring the many art & antique galleries, shops, restaurants and cafés.

The Place aux Herbes is the heart of Uzès. There are twice weekly markets when the square and surrounding streets come alive with stalls selling produce from local farmers and vegetable growers, as well as fish, bread, cheese, honey, olives, flowers, fabrics, jewellery and local crafts.  

From April to October there are also Sunday markets - "Les Dimanches d'Uzès" - when painters, sculptors, jewellers and other artists from around the region gather to sell their creations.

The perfect place to relax and people watch whilst enjoying a coffee or glass of wine on one of the many café terraces.

La Cathédrale St Théodorit

 

The oldest part of Uzès cathedral is the 42 metre high bell tower - La Tour Fenestrelle - which dates back to the 12th century.  The cathedral itself was mostly rebuilt during the 17th century.  

 

It is renowned for having one of the most beautiful organs in the region.  Classical concerts are held here during the summer music festival - "Les Nuits Musicales d'Uzès".   

Le Duché d'Uzès

 

The ducal castle in the centre of Uzès is the first Duchy of France which means the current occupant Jacques de Crussol, the 17th Duke of Uzès, would be next in line to the throne after the royal family should France return to being a monarchy!  Although he currently lives in Paris, he visits every month and spends most of the summer here.  You will see his family's flag flying when he is in residence.

Its architecture reflects the history of France with the Tour Bermonde, ramparts and turrets dating back to the 12th century, a famous Renaissance 15th century facade and 18th century additions.

Many events are hosted here including the concerts during the Nuits Musicales d'Uzès, films and private receptions.  You can climb the tower for wonderful views of the region.

Sport and Activities

 

There is plenty to do for active people. Uzès has a public swimming pool, tennis courts and a 9-hole golf course. Spend a few hours canoeing on the river Gardon from Collias and pass under the Pont du Gard for unique views.

 

There are many fabulous cycling routes both on and off road. A great way to explore the neighbouring villages.  For horse riding fans, there are several riding schools as well as the Haras National d'Uzès to visit.

 

For kids, a great day out is to the Bouscarasse water park, set in beautiful grounds and probably a compulsory visit to the Haribo sweet factory! 

Events in Uzès

 

There are many local festival and events including the Nuits Musicales d’Uzès in July, the Fête Votive d’Uzès in August with bull running through the town, Sunday markets on the Place aux Herbes (les Dimanches d’Uzès) from April to October (with pottery, art, flowers, jewellery and sculpture exhibitors) as well as the May/July/Sept antique fairs (brocantes) and the August wine fair where you can taste and buy the wines of 60 of the Gard and neighbouring regions wine growers including Châteauneuf du Pape, Tavel, Lirac and Côtes du Rhône.