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Goudargues is a small village spread along the sides of a canal in the Cèze Valley and in the Gard department of Languedoc-Roussillon.

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Although Goudargues is very close to the Cèze river it is the canal that flows through the centre of the town that dominates your visit. The canal passes along the Quai de la Fontaine and between two rows of plane trees in the centre, with several cafes also to be found here.

canal in Quai de la Fontaine in Goudargues

From here the canal continues along the north-east edge of Goudargues and along the Avenue de l'écluse. From here you can look out passed an old mill wheel and olive trees to the hills and see the village of Cornillon in the distance: very pleasant!

Petite Venise Gardoise

As we explore France we can't help noticing that almost everywhere with a canal refers to itself as some type of Venice. Goudargues is no exception and calls itself the Petite Venise Gardoise (Small Venice in the Gard).

The village here is pleasant enough, and certainly enhanced by the small canal, but in no way does a walk through the town evoke memories of walking through Venice, even if they both do have canals...

Continue to the end of the canal and there is a traditional lavoir (washhouse). I am guessing it never gets used as a lavoir any more (in many towns we have visited in France the public lavoir is still used), but has been beautifully restored and the stone columns and tiled roof almost evoke the feeling you are in a tranquil temple.


Just behind the lavoir there is also a footpath to the Cèze river as well as the start to longer trails along the river and through the countryside. From the lavoir you can enter Goudargues village centre, a small area where the main monument of interest is the church.

The church has its origins in the 12th century, and part of the choir dates from that period, but most of the church was rebuilt at the end of the 19th century after the roof collapsed on the earlier church. The church has preserved its roman style appearance and has two large spires.

Because Goudargues is small and quick to explore but has several restaurants, and pretty Cornillon is close by but has very limited facilities, we suggest you visit the two villages as part of the same excursion, arranging things so you have your lunch or coffee break during the Goudargues part of the trip...

ancient lavoir

Attractions close to Goudargues

There is lots of lovely scenery along the Cèze valley so we recommend you follow the road towards the north. As well as beautiful countryside this route also takes you to the small village of Montclus, listed among the most beautiful villages in France, then on towards the historic town of Barjac.

In the opposite direction along the river you will certainly want to find the time to see the impressive cascades du Sautadet and visit the village of La Roque-sur-Cèze, also one of the 'most beautiful villages in France' and just a few kilometres from Goudargues.

You can find more travel ideas in the Gard guide and the Languedoc-Roussillon guide.

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Cornillon, France is a hilltop village with an interesting historic centre in the north of Languedoc-Roussillon

Cornillon guide
La Roque-sur-Ceze

La Roque-sur-Ceze

It is very lovely exploring the steep streets in the ancient village of La Roque-sur-Ceze

La Roque-sur-Ceze guide


Montclus is a tiny but beautiful village in a lovely setting on the Cèze river

Montclus guide


Lussan is a pretty village of character in Languedoc-Roussillon with two ancient castles

Lussan guide


The pretty village of Aigueuze, listed among the 'most beautiful villages in France', also has great views across the Gorges de l'Ardeche

Aigueze guide


Bagnols-sur-Céze is one of the largest towns in the northern Gard region of Languedoc-Roussillon

Bagnols-sur-Ceze guide

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Address: Goudargues, Pont-Saint-Esprit, Nîmes, Languedoc-Roussillon, 30630, France || GPS coordinates: latitude 44.2164, longitude 4.4667

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Sightseeing & tourist attractions to visit nearby

  • La Roque-sur-Ceze: most beautiful village (5 km)
  • Cascades du Sautadet: site of natural beauty (6 km)
  • Aven d'Orgnac: grand site of france (11 km)
  • Aigueze: most beautiful village (12 km)
  • Grotte de Saint-Marcel: site of natural beauty (14 km)
  • Réserve naturelle nationale des Gorges de l'Ardèche: site of natural beauty (15 km)
  • Gorges de l'Ardeche: grand site of france (21 km)
  • Uzes: town of art and history (23 km)
  • Cathédrale Saint-Théodorit et Fenestrelle Tower (Uzes): religious monument (23 km)
  • La Ferme aux crocodiles: zoo or wildlife park (25 km)
  • Grotte de la Cocaliere: site of natural beauty (27 km)
  • Cathédrale Notre-Dame (Saint-Paul-Trois-Chateaux): religious monument (28 km)

Market days in Goudargues, France

Regular market(s) are held in Goudargues each Wednesday. (Markets are held in the morning unless stated.)

The French version of this page is at Goudargues (Francais)