Local activities in Uzes In Uzes, explore its medieval streets and squares or visit one of its many festivals and exhibitions including the regular markets on Saturdays and Wednesdays, the Sunday flea market, and the seasonal Wine Fair, Garlic Fair, Truffle Fair, Antiques and Brocante Fair, Modern Dance and Classical Music Festivals and the 3-day Fête Votive in August with non-stop entertainment including bull-running in the streets (find out the meanings of ‘abrivado’ and ‘bandido’). And be free to spend relaxed evenings in the many excellent restaurants and cafes.
This part of Provence is also particularly agreeable off season. Clement temperatures, with blue skies and sunshine illuminating the picturesque panoramas of Uzes and its surrounding villages, make it an artist’s paradise!
Explore the region around Uzes
France is a country of surprising contrasts and within an hour and a half you can visit such vastly different regions as the Cévennes (chestnut forests, Robert Louis Stevenson trail), the Ardèche (river and gorges), the Luberon (Gordes, Fontaine de Vaucluse, ‘Peter Mayle country’), Les Alpilles (St Rémy de Provence, Les Baux de Provence) and the Camargue with its wild white horses, and black bulls.
The Camargue also offers miles of wild beaches and small fishing ports where fresh fish and seafood can be tasted. Avignon (with its Popes’ palace and famous bridge) and Nîmes (Roman temples and arena) are 45 minutes away and Montpellier (shopping, Opera, old town) and Arles (arena, Van Gogh museum) an hour and a quarter. Marseille is France’s third largest city (cosmopolitan shopping, scores of fresh seafood restaurants at the old port, museums, Château d’If) – and is 1h45min by car. There are regular bus services from Uzès to Avignon, Nîmes and Arles, stopping at the villages along the way Sports activities
If you like swimming in the wild, there are beaches on the Gardon where the water is probably quite cool!!! Uzes itself has an excellent municipal swimming pool and tennis club set in the old bishops’ park, only a 15-minute walk from the villa, and a short drive away is La Bouscarasse, a water sports centre. Other sports to be found nearby include horse riding, tennis, golf (Uzes has a 9-hole course), cycling, canoing/kayaking on the Gardon, and even hot-air ballooning with a local professional. Uzes also has a small aerodrome and aero club. If you like walking, with a contour map you will be able to find paths through the garrigue, or trace the route of the Roman aqueduct to the Pont du Gard, or follow the long distance path (Grande Randonnée), part of which runs parallel to the gorges of the Gardon river. You can also explore the many small, unspoiled perched villages which dot the landscape.
The Languedoc-Roussillon / Gard region
From the wild areas of the high plateaux to the Mediterranean coast, Languedoc-Roussillon is a region with a thousand facets, and as many different ways to enjoy yourself. This area offers you a quieter and more untouched Provence. With a warm and welcoming climate, you will find yourself nestled amongst vineyards, olive trees and lavender fields.
Discover cities full of art, culture and history, whose inheritance stretches back several centuries. The beautiful Roman city of Nimes, famous for its antique heritage and its colourful annual festivals, is only half an hour from the house. Further west, are the beautiful cities of Avignon, Orange and Aix-en-Provence which all hold prestigious music and theatre festivals throughout the summer months. St. Remy and Arles made particularly famous by artists such as Van Gogh and Picasso, are also in the region and worth exploring. Other historical landmarks, such as the pont du Guard can be found within 15 minutes of the house. This is a region where you can simply drive in almost any direction and be guaranteed to discover somewhere spectacular and picturesque.
If you seek the sunshine and flavours of the ocean, the Meditarreanen is only one hour away through the pleasant countryside. Here you will find endless unspoilt beaches as well as the wild and unique beauty of the Camargue. Famous for its wild white horses and pink flamingoes, and of course, the seafood, the Camargue is a land like no other. Activities to enjoy in the area include canoeing and horse-riding, or simply explore the restaurants and shops of the beautiful walled city of Aigues-Mortes.
The Languedoc-Roussillon region is filled with both natural and historical beauty. Come and be inspired by the historical landmarks, savour the local cuisine, stroll through the colourful markets, relax in the Mediterranean sun or simply spend the lazy afternoons driving through the tree lined country roads…no matter what you do, we are certain that you will fall in love with this most exquisite region of Southern France.
Uzes is an internationally famous historical town, known for its beautifully preserved grandeur. Its lifestyle, the quality of its housing, and the number of year-round activities make it a lively town in which all services and shops are available. The city center is listed as a protected historical sector. Visit Dukedom, castle of the ducs d’Uzès, the Cathedral of St. Théodorit, the Church of St. Etienne, the King’s and Bishop’s Towers, etc… or simply allow yourself to get lost amongst the endless boutique shops and cosy restaurants.
For a trully wonderful experience, visit the Place of Herbes on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, to experience the renowned Provençal market. Stroll through like a local, savouring the feast of local cheeses, meats and fresh fruits and vegetables brought in from surrounding farms. Pick up some of the local fabrics, artefacts and treasures and once you are satisfied, relax in the shady plaza, for a beer and plate of charcutterie at one fo the many cafes and restaurants.
Outside of Uzes, the many colourful villages dotted through the countryside offer a variety of festivals, markets, dining and shopping opportunities all year round. Throughout the summer and all types of outdoor activities are available nearby such as kayaking at the spectacular Gardon gorges or Pont du Gard.