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WHY GO TO UZES
Uzès is a magical bastide town 45km west of the Medieval walled city of Avignon, 25km north of Roman Nimes & just 6km from the world UNESCO heritage site, Pont du Gard. It boasts a rich and ancient history, dating from the Romans and is home to the first duchy of France, (the direct lineage to the Royal family) its glorious Ducal Castle is still occupied by the family today.
Its’ cobbled streets spill out onto elegant squares, shaded by gently worn,, stone, shuttered buildings, there are many grand renaissance mansions, the Cathédrale Saint-Théodorit d’Uzès and fascinating Fenestrelle tower. At its heart is Place-aux-Herbes, dominated and sheltered by the broad leaves of long ago established sycamore trees.
Fringed with its splendid golden arches, one could sit for hours listening to the soft splutters of the fountain, perhaps enjoying a refreshment from one of the many enticing restaurants, becoming immersed in the local bustle. Place-aux-Herbes plays host to carnivals, an annual truffle fare, art & antique fares & exhibitions, and well renowned twice-weekly marchés, the most vibrant in Provence. Smiling locals selling linens, ribbons, baskets, and flowers, cheese makers, olive growers, and an abundance of fresh produce. Uzès, has a unique, beguiling atmosphere and after you have stayed there you leave feeling as if you have lived one hour, one day, one moment, back in time………..
HOW TO GET TO UZES
The nearest international airport is Marseilles (MRS), 120km south with numerous international connections from Paris, London Frankfurt Munich and many other European cities. Several regional European airlines fly into Nîmes (25km south) and Montpellier.(80km south.
If driving, Uzès is about 18 miles west of the A9 autoroute, just 15miles south of the majorA7/A9 autoroute interchange north of Avignon.
WHAT TO IN UZES
If all you did whilst staying in Uzès, was to stroll around the town meandering through its shops, sampling its many restaurants and buying wine and cheese from the local markets you would have a wonderful week and become immersed in its magical charm.
There is also much more to explore to both in the bastide town and nearby
THE CHATEAU The Chateau in Uzès is known as ‘Le Duchy’ where the original family still reside. Tours are available, check for times
THE CATHEDRAL The Saint-Théodorit Cathedral dates from the Middle Ages, it was the former seat of the Bishops of Uzès’
THE FENESTRELLE TOWER is Uzès’ most famous landmark, an incredible tower of windows!
THE MEDIEVAL GARDEN was originally part of the castle, it was restored in to a medieval garden in 1995, captivating!
THE MARKET The Uzès market is held twice a week in Place aux Herbes. 8am -1pm.
Wednesday is mostly fresh produce including flowers, cheese, wine, olive oil, honey and soaps.
Saturday is a much larger affair tumbling out of the Place-aux-Herbes onto the surrounding streets.
(6km east of Uzès) Pont du Gard, a visit to this incredible World UNESCO heritage site should not be missed. Just 6 miles from Uzès, towards Avignon, for 2000 years it has spanned the River Gardon. Built in 50AD as part of the Roman aquaduct of Nimes it was used until the 6th century. A breathtaking marvel. Watch the video here
There are many great local Uzès wineries to sample from, tastings are mostly free and the local vintners are more than happy to share their knowledge and proudly show off their vintages.
WHAT TO DO NEAR UZES
There is a rich Roman heritage in this area of France which is reflected in the many ruins which include ampitheatres and arenas in the local towns especially in:
NIMES lies 25km south of Uzès and was once the most important city of Roman Gaul, much of which remains in evidence, in particular its arena, the finest in France and still in use today.
ARLES 60km south east of Uzès is the lovely city of Arles. Sun kissed and golden is sits on the banks of the Rhone, nestled by the Camargue, infamous for its majestic white horses and bulls. Arles is a Roman city much painted by Van Gogh, who lived here for a year.
ORANGE is 55km north east of Uzès, founded in 35BC and it exudes Roman splendor. Its stone theatre is the best preserved in western France and still provides an atmospheric setting for productions today
AVIGNON Lies 45km east of Uzès. Avignon is a stunning, medieval, walled city, most famous for Les Palais des Papes – the home of the Popes for 100 years and the Pont D’Avignon, the tour of both is fascinating!
CHATEAUNEUF-DU-PAPE 47km north east of Uzès, Chateuaneuf-du-Pape is France’s first wine appellation its where the wines of the Popes were grown and made!
MONTPELLIER 80km south west of Uzès, Montpellier is the capital of Languedoc Roussillon, a grand Medieval city well worth spending a day exploring.
ST REMY DE PROVENCE 55km south east of Uzès, St Remy-de-Provence is a charming, very Provencal town packed with shops and restaurants, with a fantastic Wednesday Market. Whilst there combine a visit to the perched village of Les Baux de Provence.
(55km south east of Uzès) Les Baux de Provence is a truly stunning perched village.
Tours around the ruins are speculator and do NOT miss the Carrières de Lumières (view a short video of it here) a lazer art show projected onto the walls of one hundred foot high bauxite caves showing the art of the masters; Van Gough, Michelangelo, Gaugin, each year someone different, utterly breathtaking!
AIGUES MORTES 70km south of Uzès. The roots of Aigues Mortes date back to 102AD, this fortified wonder is the most well preserved medieval city in Europe! Walk the walled rims of this fortress city and gaze out across the salt flats, salt has been mined here since before the Romans. Tour the factory Saunier de Camargue whose salt is considered the ‘Rolls Royce’ of salts!
75km south east of Uzès) The Luberon Valley is a beautiful region resplendent with vineyards, olive groves, abundant fruit trees, and from about mid June, endless fields of fragrant lavender. Watch the video of the Luberon Valley here and then explore it’s timeless perched villages yourself, Lacoste & Menerbes, Gordes, Roussillon & Bonnieux and my favorite, Lourmarin not actually perched but quite magical!
Download the Travel Guide for Lourmarin and the surrounding area of The Luberon, Provence here.
WHERE TO STAY IN UZES
Renting a property There are many properties available, this option can provide a tiny snapshot of what it is like to actually live here; having more space to relax and shopping in the local stores and markets to cook at home! Typically it is more expensive to rent in the town center and parking can be problematic but being able to walk to restaurants and the market makes it worth it.
If you rent out in the villages you will probably get more space with a garden and a pool.
Check out Homeaway.com and airbnb.com
LA MAISON DE LA BOURGADE 31 Rue de la Petite Bourgade, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 22 71 10
Location: ~Uzès center, seldom closed. parking available for €5 a night
Price: €100 -€130 per night, breakfast included (2 bed suite in Maison de Famille €200 -€250)
Comments: Exquisite rooms, you will be charmed by Elizabeth who opens up her home & her heart to her guests. Two options, Maison de la Bourgade, a gorgeous bed and breakfast and La Maison de Famille, 4 delightful small apartments with bedroom & kitchenette, one suite with 2 bedrooms, a pool and pretty garden to also enjoy. The entire ambience is stylish, oozing charm and good taste, one of our very favourite places to stay!
L’HOSTELLERIE PROVENCALE 1 Rue de la Grande Bourgade, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 22 11 06
Comments: A charming 9 room hotel, all ensuite and air-conditioned. In addition there is a newly renovated guest house across the street. Great restaurant, La Parenthese with delicious, locally sourced ingredients.
LA MAISON D’ UZES 18 Rue du Docteur Blanchard, 30700 Uzès Tel:+33 4 66 20 07 00
Location: ~Uzès center, Closed: mid February to early March
Price: €190 -€530 per night Comments: One of Uzès’ most recent additions this, is a splurge!
A wonderful Relais Chateaux hotel, tiny and discreet (just 4 rooms and 2 suites) but luxurious and divine, complete with a spa and fabulous restaurant. A lunchtime special menu is an incredible bargain, book well in advance
LA BEGUDE ST PIERRE Chemin des Bégudes, 295, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard Tel: +33 (0)4 66 02 63 60
Location: 6 km east of Uzès on D981 leading to Uzès, 2 minutes from the Pont du Gard. Price: €65 -€260 per night breakfast €15, parking free on site, gourmet restaurant. Comments: One of our favorites’s. La Begude St Pierre is a newly renovated, former 17th century coaching inn now offering 4 star luxury in one of its 23 rooms and suites, this is a jewel! All rooms are air-conditioned with flat screen TV’s, mini bars and safes. It is worth paying extra for one of the rooms with its own oversized private terrace. The spa services available in your room are highly recommended!
L’ARTEMISE Chemin de la Lauze, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 (0)4 66 63 94 14
Location ~ 10 minute walk from center of Uzès Closed: normally closed during winter months
Price: from €200 per night Comments: A 16th century Provencal mas, 8 exquisite suites, decorated with soft Belgian linens & each room with its’ own kitchen facilities. L’Artemise offers a spa and gastronomic restaurant. A luxurious, laid back spot, just a 10 minutes stroll from Uzès, gorgeous!
CLOS DU LETHE Chemin de la Lauze – 30700 Uzès, Tél : +33 04 66 74 58 3
Location ~ 6km from center of Uzès Closed: normally closed during winter months Price: from €200 – €320 per night check with hotel. Comments: A sister hotel to L’Atemise, 6km from Uzès. 5 rustic and spacious rooms with sitting areas, IPod docking stations, plasma TVs and espresso machines, most have a terrace or small outdoor area. Like L’Artemise, luxurious & thoughtfully designed within the limestone walls of an ancient building. There is also a gym, a library and a steam room, pretty special!
MAS D’AUGUSTINE Rue de Ravel, 30580 La Bruguière Tél : +33 (0)4 66 72 71 61 Location ~ 10km from Uzès center. Closed during winter check website Price: from €125 – €160 per night Comments: Enjoy the fabulous hospitality of this delightful British couple, Jane & Gary in this former silk mill which they lovingly converted. There are five luxurious ensuite rooms, price includes a delicious breakfast. 3 nights a week it is possible to book bistro style suppers from €15 p.p. or great value 3 course table d’hotes at €45 p.p. inc. wine.
WHERE TO EAT
There are many delicious dining choices in Uzès, here are some of our favorites:
RESTAURANT PARENTHESE ~ Uzès center (In L’HOSTELLERIE PROVENCALE)
1 Rue de la Grande Bourgade, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 22 11 06
Price: €18.00 -€40.00 per person Closed: mid February to early March Comments: Great restaurant, with delicious, locally sourced ingredients.
LA MAISON D’ UZES ~ Uzès center
Contact: 18 Rue du Docteur Blanchard, 30700 Uzès Tel:+33 4 66 20 07 00
Price: €47.00 -€90.00 set menus. Lunch from noon to 2 pm, Dinner from 7:30 to 9 pm Closed: For Sunday dinner and all day Monday, annual closure – mid February to early March. Comments: A wonderful Relais Chateaux hotel, with a fabulous restaurant. The lunchtime special menu €25.00, is an incredible bargain but book well in advance as it is hard to secure a reservation in this special spot.
LE ZANELLI ~ Uzès center
Contact: 3 Rue Nicolas Froment, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 03 01 93
Price: Pizzas from €14.00 Comments: Excellent pizza and wide choice of other Italian food. Love sitting on the gorgeous terrace as the sun drops down behind the clay tiled roof tops, reservations recommended!
PIZZA DU DUCHE ~ Uzès center
Contact: 14 Rue Jacques d’Uzès, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 22 30 42
Price: Pizzas from €14.00
Comments: Excellent pizzas, ’feu de bois’ Cosy inside on a winter nights or outside when its warmer where it’s fun to watch the world go by! Also serves excellent steaks and kebabs, reservations essential!
MILLEZIME ~Uzès center
Contact: 6 Boulevard Gambetta Uzès 30700 Tel: +3366 22 27 82
Price: set menus lunch from €13.00 (include wine) €24.00 Comments: A sharp, modern interior contrasts well within this old building and the inside stone walls. Delicious good value food and friendly service
BEC A VIN ~ Uzès center
Contact: 6, Rue Entre les Tours 30700, Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 22 41 20
Price: mains from €28.00 Comments: Follow the cobblestone lane to this charming restaurant, dine in candlelight under the domed limestone ceiling, the food is wonderful, booking essential
RESTAURANT D’ ENTRAIGUES ~ Uzès, opposite the Fenestrelle Tower
Contact: l’Evèché, Place de l’Évêché, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 72 05 25
Price: 3 courses about € 38.00 per person. Comments: A former 15th century mansion, superbly renovated in 2013 into a luxurious but unpretentious, hotel & gastro bistro excellent! Closed Weds & Sundays
TEN ~ Uzès center Contact: 110 place Dampmartin 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 (0)4 66 22 10 93 Price: Mains from about €18.00. Comments: Opened in 2016, she a delightful lady from Devon, he a charming Frenchman. Interesting & delicious menu ~ brunch, lunch, tapas & dinner. Dine on the front patio or under the warm curved ceiling inside or in the rear garden patio, lovely!
LA BEGUDE ST PIERRE ~ 6 km east of Uzès on the D981 2 minutes from the Pont du Gard Contact: Chemin des Bégudes, 295, 30210 Vers-Pont-du-Gard Tel: +33 4 66 02 63 60
Price: mains from €27.00 Comments: Great food in the new gourmet restaurant of this recently renovated sumptuous former 17th century coaching inn.
L’ARTEMISE ~ 10 minute walk from center of Uzès
Contact: Chemin de la Lauze, 30700 Uzès Tel: +33 4 66 63 94 14
Price: from €55.00 set course menu Closed: during winter months
Comments: A 16th century Provencal Mas with a gastronomic restaurant, wrapped within warm, exposed limestone walls, excellent service
LE TRACTEUR ~10 minute drive from Uzès
Contact: Boregre neighbourhood, 30700 Arglliers Tel: + 33 04 66 62 17 33
Price:€€€ call Comments: You need to know how to find this delightful country restaurant, set in old farm buildings but strikingly modern and chic inside. Great food from the local area, menu frequently changing, always getting better and better!
HOSTELLERIE LE CASTELLAS ~ 8km south east of Uzès
Contact: 30 Grand rue – 30 210 Collias Tel: +33 (0) 4 66 22 88 88 Price: 2 or 3 course Lunches €25-35 Dinner Thursday to Monday evening, from €45~120 May to September also on Wednesday evenings.Comments: A Gastronomic restaurant at this lovely boutique hotel.
Do let me know your own recommendations AND please do contact me if you would like additional help!
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