Visit Uzes (Languedoc-Roussillon, France)
Uzes is a town situated to the west of Avignon and north of Nimes in the Gard department of Languedoc-Roussillon. The centre of this active town is now a protected historical monument, with a good mix of medieval stone houses and fine townhouses constructed later to discover.
A visit to Uzes will start in the historic centre, within the boundaries of the boulevard that now surrounds the old town and has the cathedral to the east. The narrow streets of the old town are most noteworthy for the fine 17th century houses, many with ornate iron balustrades, dating from when it was a wealthy textile centre.
The centre of the town, around Place aux Herbes - with attractive stone houses and arcades around the edge, is also the centre for the markets held in the town on Wednesday and Saturday.
One particular highlight of Uzes is the 'window tower' (la tour fenestrelle) - an Italian style round stone tower with several pairs of arched windows running up its height that stands 42 metres high and is next to the cathedral. The Cathedral of Saint Theodorit itself was rebuilt in the 17th century, and the facade added in the 19th century.
The other major monument in Uzes is the Duke's Castle, dating from the early medieval period. From the outside the castle walls are dominated by its three towers and donjon, while the interior has been furnished with period furniture and there is a lovely view across the town from the top of the donjon. Entrance charge 17 euros.
Two more medieval towers in the town can be seen from the Medieval Garden, and the 18th century Church of Saint-Etienne is of interest because of its baroque facade.
The tourist office can suggest a guided tour that will ensure you see the best the town has to offer.
North of Uzes, at La Cocaliere (between St-Ambroix and St-Paul-le-Jeune) you can visit one of the most impressive cave systems in France which includes both spectacular rock formations and evidence of prehistoric habitation.
Other popular attractions near Uzès include the water park in a lovely natural setting at Bouscarasse (along the road towards Alès); the Museum of 1900 and Toys at Arpaillargues (east); and the Haribo Museum, which celebrates 100 years of the most popular sweet manufacturer in France - one for the children!
Photos taken within 10 km
Tourist classifications for Uzes
Uzes has received the following tourist classifications: listed town of Art and History ; historical protected town centre' (secteur sauvegardé)
Address: Uzès, Nîmes, Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, 30700 || GPS: latitude 44.013, longitude 4.4205
Map of Uzes & places nearby
Highlights close by
Pont du Gard 12km
La Roque-sur-Ceze 22km
Suggested tourist attractions to visit near Uzes, France
- Cathédrale Saint-Théodorit et Fenestrelle Tower (Uzes) - religious monument
- Pont du Gard - grand site of france (12km)
- Nimes - secteur sauvegarde (20km)
- Jardins de la Fontaine - remarkable garden (20km)
- La Roque-sur-Ceze - most beautiful village (22km)
- Beaucaire - recommended detour (29km)
- Ales - ville fleurie 4* (30km)
- Fort Saint-Andre - national monument (31km)
- Villeneuve-les-Avignon - secteur sauvegarde (31km)
- Notre-Dame-de-Bon-Repos de Montfavet (Avignon) - religious monument (32km)
Market days in Uzes: Regular market(s) are held in Uzes each Saturday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)
The French version of this page is at Uzes (Francais)