Uzès is an internationally famous historical town, known for its beautifully preserved grandeur. Its lifestyle, the quality of its architecture, and the number of year-round activities make it a lively town. Visit the 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 boutiques and cafés.
For a truly wonderful experience, visit la Place aux Herbes on a Wednesday or Saturday morning, to witness the renowned Provençal market. Stroll through the square 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 square, for a beer and plate of charcuterie (or maybe half a dozen oysters and a glass of champagne!) at one of the many cafés and restaurants.
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 with local restaurants offering the freshest seafood. 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.
If you like swimming in the wild, there are beaches on the Gardon where the water is probably quite cool! Other sports to be found nearby include horse riding, tennis, golf (Uzès has a 9-hole course), cycling, canoing/kayaking on the Gardon, and even hot-air ballooning with a local professional. 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.