Uzès

Uzès

Uzès

Uzès

Uzès

Uzès

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Uzès, Gard, Languedoc Roussillon

The magnificent Duchy town of Uzès is often referred to as the jewel in the crown of the Gard and occupies an outstanding position between the Mediterranean Sea and the Cevennes mountains. With splendid mansions (Uzès has 48 listed buildings!) and dainty streets, Uzès has an abundance of beautiful shops and gastronomic restaurants and a fabulous and famous Saturday morning market in and around the vaulted arches of the sublime Place aux Herbes Your first visit to Uzès will not be your last! The tree lined boulevards buzzing with pavement bars and cafés, encircle the pretty inner town, with sophisticated shops and boutiques, galleries, food shops and artisanal products filling every nook and cranny. The maze of streets entice you inwards and reveal another charming and often historic find at every corner. This vibrant town is not only renowned for its epicurean delights, but also for its rich cultural influences, where music, dance, theatre and the fine arts feature widely in the annual events calendar.

Originally a small Gallo Roman administrative settlement, the town lies at the source of the River Eure, from where a Roman Aqueduct was built in the 1st Century BC to supply water to the city of Nimes. The Pont du Gard, a Michelin starred historic site and just a few km away from the centre of Uzès, is the most famous modern day stretch of the aqueduct. The Chateau du Duché in the heart of the town(and well worth a visit!) is the seat of the Duke whose family have held the premier title in the peerage of France for over a thousand years. Also dating back to medieval times is the site of the Cathedral with the 'Tour Fenestrelle', a Pisa like leaning tower, on the edge of the old town.

Uzès occuipies an enviable position amongst rolling countryside and vineyards and yet within easy reach of a list of activities and attractions between the Mediterranean coastline to the south, the River Rhone to the east and the majestic mountains and gorges to the north and west.

For the sporty there are endless activities including golf, walking, cycling, swimming, canoeing, horse-riding, canyoning and even paragliding! Around and about there are sites of historic significance within an hour in all directions, such as the magnificent Papal City of Avignon; the majestic 2000 year old Pont du Gard, one of the most visited tourist sites in France; Arles, the celebrated Provençal town with its artistic connections to Van Gogh and Gaugin; the Roman city of Nimes withe La Maison Cérrée and Les Arènes, vibrant Montpellier and Chateauneuf-du-Pape.

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