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..
From 5th right up to 18th Century, Uzes was an important seat for both church and law in France, while its industries focused on woollen cloth and silk. These activities changed to ceramics and licorice during the 19th Century when the decline of its mills and silkworm disease killed the previous industries. The old 'Ricqles' manufacturer has now become every child's dream factory HARIBO while St. Quentin de Potterie is still famous for its ceramics.
But it wasn't until the mid 20th century that Uzes' heritage became appreciated. Today it 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.
Cherished foodie destinations in Uzes include its spectacular, must-visit OPEN-AIR FOOD MARKETS at Place aux Herbes on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You'll also find artisan bakers, patissiers and chocolatiers and not far out of town you can visit many other artisans such as snail-breeders, olive presses, distillers of floral- and fruit-based liqueurs, a spirulina farm (the superfood you may have heard of), a micro beer brewery etc. 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 well as the famous Marseillan-based Noilly Prat producers - an essential ingredient for a great risotto (and much superior to the Italian vermouths)...
A visit to Uzes in SPRINGTIME is perfect timing to experience the budding countryside, endulge in waterside picnics, cycle through magnificent gorges and of course visit the open-air markets with its colourful display of freshly harvested produce.
SUMMER 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? Perfect timing too for a spot of people watching in the dappled shade on one of Uzes' many outdoor CAFE TERRACES!
But the Uzetiens also take their partying 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 you are still too hot, cool, sparkling clean RIVERS are not far away for a refreshing swim. And if all fails, the SEA and BEACHES are within 30 minutes'drive...
AUTUMN in this part of the world (from late August onwards) means WINE HARVEST and the heady smell of fermenting grapes is in the air everywhere. Come a little later 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.
WINTER can 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..."