Uzès & the Eure valley, protected beauty spots
At the crossroads between the Cévennes and the Mediterranean, Uzès somewhat resembles a Tuscan city, and appeals to visitors with its protected surrounding area that is full of fascinating treasures.
Once the First Duchy of France, Uzès has a rich past dating back to the Roman Empire. Recent discoveries suggest that the city has not yet revealed all its riches. Visitors love taking photos of the majestic Fenestrelle Tower, the magnificent Cathedral, the Baron de la Castille Hotel and of course the Ducal Castle called the 'Duché'. The Place Aux Herbes with its many pavement cafés and market is also an essential part of your stay in Uzès. With its many pedestrian areas, the city is a paradise for walkers. Acting as a green lung, the Eure valley extends beyond the foot of the city and, is a preferred playground for hikers.
Due to its beauty, the city of Uzès was awarded the 'City of Art and History' label in 2008 and recognised by the Michelin Guide, '3 stars - worth a visit'.
The Pont du Gard, one of the most beautiful Roman buildings in Europe
The most visited monument in the south of France, the Pont du Gard continues to amaze. A wonder of ancient times, a testament to the grandeur of the Roman Empire, this majestic bridge, dating back 2,000 years, impresses with its beauty and design. The Roman aquaduct, built during the first century AD, gracefully straddles the Gardon. It is just 15 minutes from our prestigious Boutique Hotel.
The Pont du Gard and its 49 arches are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a 'witness to human creative genius'.
Nîmes, French Rome, at the heart of the Transalpine Roman Empire
Nîmes, the capital of the Gard, combines one of the most beautiful Roman legacies in France, with splendours from the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries and iconic contemporary sites.
Nicknamed the French Rome, the city of Nîmes is an essential part of your stay in Uzès. Like the Pont du Gard, which once supplied it with water, Nîmes bears witness to the greatness of the Roman Empire. The Maison Carrée, the world-famous Arenas or the gardens of La Fontaine are must-not-miss sights of your visit to the ancient Roman city.
Avignon, beauty and magnificence
A city of exceptional wealth where palaces, gardens, ramparts and bell towers earned it UNESCO World Heritage status in 1995, from the Popes’ Palace to Saint-Bénézet bridge (known as 'Pont d'Avignon').
Other gems in the Uzès area
The Provençal Gard and the Pays de l'Uzège are dotted with villages with the 'Plus beaux villages de France’ label: Lussan, la Roque sur Cèze, Aiguéze, Montclus...
And others with very strong characters: Saint-Quentin-La-Poterie offering ceramic art, Collias, Cornillon, Goudargues, the 'Little Venice' of the Gard, Blauzac...Not forgetting the famous ‘capitelles”, dry-stone huts, superb witnesses of the pastoral age in the majestic Gardon Gorges and Pont du Gard
Breath-taking landscapes and sights.
Our natural and historical heritage offers an incredible and highly diverse collection of sights. The Gard department has no fewer than 3 UNESCO World Heritage sites. It is one of the cradles of the Roman World and comprises many exceptional historical sites.
With its ‘garrigues’ (Mediterranean shrubby vegetation) and vast plains of olive trees, green oak, fruit trees and lavender, Provençal Gard has many treasures. Here are some examples:
La Baume, a listed site of the Gardon Gorges, the Eure valley, the green lung of the town of Uzès and the orange-coloured ochres of Saint Laurent La Vernède...
The majestic Concluses de Lussan, the Oppidum at Nages, a tourist rarity, the Abbey of Saint Roman, vestiges of a troglodyte monastery, overlooking the Rhône (unique in France), Bornègre bridge... and the winding Cèze river.
All these treasures bear the imprints of a tremendous wealth of exchanges and cultures over time! Welcome!
Gardon Gorges, 'Grand Site de France'
Close to Uzès and Nîmes, the Gardon Gorges are an unparalleled historical and geological site in the south of France.
Prestigiously labelled 'Grand site de France' and 'Biosphere Reserve', the Gorges are magnificent and invite contemplation.
With their remarkable ecosystem, they constitute a major natural landscape in Europe.
And for everyone’s enjoyment, during the summer months, they offer pure and fresh water for bathing and beautiful trails throughout the year for walkers and mountain bikers.
The Cevennes National Park, an exceptional and authentic gem.
Close to Uzès, this remarkable territory was distinguished by UNESCO in addition to obtaining the prestigious labels of "International Dark Sky Reserve" and "Exceptional Forests".
Needless to say, this natural gem covering 3 départements (or counties), including the Lozère, already at the crossroads of 3 rocks and 4 mountains, has exceptionally varied plant and animal life!
The air quality, beauty and diversity of landscapes and climates, from the highlands to the deep valleys, the variety of natural environments and the richness of wildlife make the Cevennes National Park an exceptional and authentic gem!
Salt water and river beaches.
To the delight of bathers and walkers, Uzès is 1 hour from the wild and unspoilt beaches of the Camargue, the Mediterranean (Espiguette, Grau du roi, Salin de Giraud, Saint Marie de la Mer, etc.) and 15 minutes from the beaches of the Gardon Gorges in Collias.
Access to some beaches by bus and car.