Uzes' history dates back to Roman times - its most well-known testament being the aquaduct LE PONT DU GARD, built by the Romans in around 50 BC to supply water to the city of Nimes..
Today Uzes' is an ARCHITECTURALLY PROTECTED town - its streets re-paved and pedestrianised and many of its houses restored to their former glory - thus giving way to its main industry today: tourism.
Popular food destinations in Uzes include its must-visit OPEN-AIR FOOD MARKETS at Place aux Herbes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You'll also find artisan patissiers and chocolatiers and not far out of town you'll find a snail-breeder, the sweet factories of HARIBO, a spirulina farm (the superfood you may have heard of), a micro beer brewery and a coffee roaster. Naturally we can organise GUIDED VISITS to all of these..
A little further afield the fascinating and scenic saltpans of the Medieval walled city of Aigues Mortes (see Salins de Camargue) are worth a visit. As is the famous Marseillan-based Noilly Prat producer - an essential ingredient for a great risotto (and much superior to the Italian vermouths)...
Spring and summertime in Uzes is perfect for exploring the fresh-green countryside, endulging in waterside picnics or visit the Camargue and its beaches.. Go visit winemakers for a tasting, cycle or walk magnificent gorges.. Summer temperatures can be hot but what could be nicer than STROLLING through Uzes' cool narrow streets and visiting its chic little shops for some retail therapy? Or try a spot of people watching in the dappled shade on one of Uzes' many outdoor CAFE TERRACES..
Uzetiens also take their partying very seriously, especially in August when they run the bulls. It's called the Abrivado and the idea is that the handsome gardiens run their horses tightly together in order to keep the bulls from escaping and so drive them to their summer pastures - this is of course done whilst galloping at full speed through the streets of Uzes!
And if summer still proves too hot for you, cool sparkling clean RIVERS are not far away for a refreshing swim while the SEA and BEACHES are within 30 minutes'drive...
AUTUMN in this part of the world means WINE HARVEST time and the heady smell of fermenting grapes is in the air wherever you go. Visit in October and you'll witness beautiful autumn colours, yet the climate in Uzes is such that you'll be able to eat outdoors well into late October, and often later.
WINTER can be cold or pleasant in the Gard. Uzes' most exciting events during the colder months are Christmas, New Year and of course the TRUFFLE FESTIVAL end of January.
On the ARTISTIC side there is also plenty to keep you busy: there are modern art galleries tucked away everywhere. If it's FOODIE matters that interest you - there are plenty of restaurants within easy walking distance in Uzes and we are also surrounded by interesting foodie destinations most of which welcome visitors for guided tours, tastings and demonstrations... An olive press, some award-winning, exquisitely located, goatscheese farms where you can see the goats being milked and cheeses being made, passionate beekeepers where you can taste a dozen unique honeys... Even a snail breeder, the saltpans of Aigues Mortes, dedicated saffron growers... and of course winemakers..
"A treasury of preciousness..."
"A good place in all seasons..."
"Summer Time - Party Time"
"Summer Time - Easy time"
"The season of fragrances..."
"Art and Food..."