I’d like to take you somewhere special. It’s a place where deep blue Mediterranean skies slowly bake a rocky green landscape in which you’ll find the medieval town of Uzes.
Uzes oozes charm
Perched on the crest of a small mountain, Uzes will have you falling in love with its ancient streets and beautiful pale limestone mansions which glow in the sun that shines around 300 days a year here in the Gard region. The town is picturesque and authentic, sure tourists visit, but not in their droves as they do to some of the more famous towns in the area. Uzes is at the centre of the sunny Arles-Nimes-Avignon triangle yet somehow this designated historic town and Ville d’art feels like a secret.
What to see and do in Uzes
Sit in the medieval square in the shade of thick-leaved plane, olive, and mulberry trees and simply soak up the ambiance. Stroll those ancient streets, through cool stone arches under the watchful eye of three feudal towers and Le Duché, the resident Duke’s castle. Linger in the central Place aux Herbes, especially on market day. Go on a Wednesday or a Saturday and you’ll be bowled over by the sights, sounds, and scents of this vibrant square, teeming with stalls selling every manner of saucisson and bread, cheeses adorned with herbs and petals, delicious local olives, fabulous flowers and much more.
Uzes Flower market, credit French Ventures
Afterwards, take your seat at a pavement table of a local café and watch the life of this little town unfold before your eyes, all packed up and gone by the end of lunch. In the evening the trees in the square are strung with fairy lights, it’s romantic and alluring, and the perfect place for an aperitif.
If you’ve got a sweet tooth don’t miss out on a visit to the Haribo Bonbon Museum in which of course there is a shop to make you lose your senses when you see every shade of sugar-coated sweets.
And there’s plenty to see around and about. A 15-minute drive will bring you to one of the most famous bridges in France, the Pont du Gard, a Roman aqueduct which once carried water to the Roman stronghold Nimes around a 40-minute drive away by car.
The scented Garrigue, the dry herby countryside surrounds Uzes. There are dozens of enchanting little medieval villages clinging to the hills.
Uzes is intoxicating and memorable, but be warned, go once and you’ll yearn to return, it’s the sort of town that dreams are made of.
French Connections has loads of gorgeous holiday homes in and around Uzes – we love making your holiday dreams come true…