Uzes town of food and culture and much more..
Let yourself be seduced by Uzes’ charm.. by its winding, cobbled streets that hide a multitude of quaint shops, artists ateliers and galleries, restaurants, historic buildings and secret gardens – all in the dappled shade of its ubiquitous plane trees and vaulted arches..
But Uzes is first and foremost an ancient trading town with a reputation for its remarkable open-air FOOD MARKETS at the Place aux Herbes on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
Every week you’ll find the same dedicated and passionate artisan food producers – cheese makers, wine and olive oil producers, butchers that know exactly where their meat was raised, growers who may specialise in only five seasonal vegetables a year, free-range eggs, charcutiers who each week produce the same handmade sausages and jambon persillé, nuns who rain, hail or snow are there every week to sell their homemade preserves, vinegars and wines..
But you can also find talented patissiers and chocolatiers in Uzes and not far out of town you’ll find two olive presses, a snail-breeder, a spirulina farm (the superfood you may have heard of), a micro beer-brewer and an artisan coffee roaster..
A little further afield the fascinating saltpans of the scenic fortified city of Aigues Mortes (see Salins de Camargue) are worth a visit, as is its nature reserve. In the port of Marseillain you can visit the famous factories that produce Noilly Prat – an essential ingredient for a great risotto (and much superior to the Italian vermouths)…
Spring and summertime in Uzes is just perfect for exploring the fresh-green countryside, endulging in waterside picnics or visit the Camargue and its beaches, visit winemakers for a tasting, cycle or walk magnificent gorges.. Summer temperatures can be high 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 café terraces.
Its most well-known testament is the nearby aquaduct LE PONT DU GARD – built by the Romans around 50 BC to supply water to the city of Nimes..
Uzétiens 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 show off their horseman skills by running 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…
Early September in this part of the world means grape harvesting time and the heady smell of fermenting grapes is in the air wherever you go. Visit a little later, late 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 November.
Winter too can be pleasant in the Gard and Uzes makes sure that there is always something to celebrate – the most exciting events during the winter are Christmas when the shops sparkle and the restaurants are full of visitors.. and of course Uzes’ famous TRUFFLE FESTIVAL mid January.