Visit Aigueze (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
Aigueze is in the north-eastern corner of Languedoc, to the north-west of Orange and Avignon and on the border with the Ardeche department (Rhone-Alps). The village also stands on the river Ardeche which is crossed here by the Saint-Martin suspension bridge constructed at the beginning of the 20th century.
Aigueze is a small, very pretty medieval village that originally developed around a medieval castle - the ruins of the castle still dominate the skyline of the village with the river and small cliffs below.
Also of note in the village are an old olive oil mill and a very ancient church, dating at least in part from the 11th century and conntaining some brightly coloured frescoes.
There is an ancient vaulted passageway and a small picturesque square in the centre of Aigueze and just strolling around taking in the medieval atmosphere of Aigueze and the views across the river valley is the great pleasure of a visit.
Below the village there is a popular small river beach (and the best views to appreciate the setting of the village).
The location of the village is also excellent for exploring the Gorges de l'Ardeche, one of France's greatest natural highlights, close by as well as several other very picturesque villages - you get a good feel for the surrounding countryside from within Aigueze itself, since both sides of the rocky promontory on which the village stands offer far-reaching views.
As well as the nearby Gorges de l'Ardeche there are numerous walking, cycling and canoeing activities in the region around Aigueze. (Note: enthusiast cyclists might notice Mont Ventoux standing in the distance in the photo above - home to one of the most renowned and popular hill climbs in the Tour de France.)
You might also be interested in the Ardeche villages of character - being across the border into Gard disqualifies Aigueze from being included but several are close by and share characteristics and architectural style with Aigueze: see Ardeche villages for details
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Aigueze
Aigueze is classified as a one of the most beautiful village in France (plus beau villages)
Address: Aiguèze, Pont-Saint-Esprit, Nîmes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, 30760 || GPS: latitude 44.3042, longitude 4.55639
Map of Aigueze & places nearby
Highlights close by
La Roque-sur-Ceze 13km
Pont d'Arc 14km
Gorges de l'Ardeche 17km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Aigueze, France
- Aven d'Orgnac - grand site of france (11km)
- La Roque-sur-Ceze - most beautiful village (13km)
- La Ferme aux crocodiles - zoo or wildlife park (13km)
- Gorges de l'Ardeche - grand site of france (17km)
- Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux) - religious monument (17km)
- Jardin des herbes - remarkable garden (19km)
- Eglise de Saint Michel (La Garde-Adhemar) - religious monument (19km)
- Viviers - secteur sauvegarde (22km)
- Balazuc - most beautiful village (27km)
- Orange Roman Theatre - heritage site (27km)
The French version of this page is at Aigueze (Francais)