HOLIDAY LETS - TWO APARTMENTS AND HOUSE
in the heart of medieval UZES,
Gard, Languedoc-Roussillon, FRANCE
View of the Duché from the Artist's apartment window
Uzès, the most beautiful town of its size in France, was declared a national treasure in the sixties by André Malraux, then minister of culture. The towers of its Duché dominate the skyline. Built from the white limestone on which it stands, it is the perfect place to forget about time, relax, and lose yourself in the maze of little streets full of shops, cafés, restaurants and historic sites, or to walk in the shady river valley, inspect the remains of the Roman aqueduct and the spring which once supplied it.. The market stalls and small shops contain a wide variety of fresh local produce - olives, spices, fish, wine, lavender, honey, cheese and provençal fabrics. Uzès is ideally situated for visiting the area: Nîmes, Arles, Avignon, St Remy-de-Provence, the Cévennes and the Camargue.
The climate: We reckon to have the best weather in France and a privileged position. Further South the Pyrenees attract the rain, and the Côte d'Azur to the East, though warmer in winter is certainly also wetter. To the North the depressions pass from South West to North East usually skimming the Cevennes but missing the Mediteranran coast between Montpellier and Marseille. The proportion of sunny days per year is around 80-90% and from mid April to mid October the afternoon temperature is normally over 20°. Our winters can be cold but you can always enjoy a coffee in the sun, sheltered from the wind in the place aux Herbes. For more detail see this site
Come to Uzès in winter! All the great sites are oprn, le Pont du Gard, le Palais des Papes in Avignon...But the crowds are gone. Normally lots of sunshine and very little rain. Special rates for long lets.
Uzès hosts an annual Dance Festival in June, 'Les Nuits Musicales' a classical music festival from mid July with concerts in the courtyard of the Duché and in the 17th century cathedral. Even out of season Uzès puts on special events like the Day of the Truffle in January or the Donkey Festival in September. A Pottery Market and an Artists' Market are held in the Spring. During the Fête Votive in August barriers line the boulevards and bulls run the circuit while horsemen attempt to herd them together.
Pronunciation of Uzès! U as in the u of beautiful, zès to rhyme with 'less'
Tourist Office site:
Visits and Activities
Next to the cathedral stands the romanesque bell tower, la Tour Fenestrelle with its rows of Pisan style arches. Beyond there is a terrace with a view over the Vallée de l'Eure, a sheer drop down to the river Alzon and the remains of the Roman aqueduct, which took water from the a massive spring, la Source de l'Eure through the hills to Nîmes, crossing the river Gardon by means of the Pont du Gard. The landscape between Uzès and the Cévennes is of rolling hills, vineyards, olive groves and garrigue, - wilderness, covered in dwarf ilex, wild thyme, box and rosemary. There are beautiful walks along the rivers which cut through the hills, where they slice out deep gorges.
There is good river bathing, canoeing, rock climbing and pony trekking. There are many lovely villages nearby, like St Quentin-la-Poterie which lives up to its name or Vézenobre which scrambles up an impossibly steep hillside. There is an open air swimming pool 5 minutes walk from the apartment.
* Ryanair flies to Nimes (35 minutes drive) from London (Luton), Nottingham, Liverpool and Brussels (Charleroi)
*Montpellier airport is 50 minutes by road. Marseille airport is 90 minutes drive.
* Eurostar goes to Avignon without changing on Saturdays during the summer. For dates and availability contact Eurostar direct. Or change at Lille for Avignon or Nimes.
Driving to Uzès
from the North in high season: The RHONE VALLEY (A7) is best avoided at the weekend during the summer holidays. You can get stuck with no escape. Alternative route from via CLERMONT FERRAND and A75. Leave for FLORAC and reach UZES via SAINT AMBROIX. Although the Florac-Saint Ambroix section is fairly slow and twisty, it's better than being stuck on a motorway! Park the car in the CORDELIERS car park which you will see as you approach Uzès. To get into it you have to go round the little roundabout and double back!
from Lyon: Except in peak summer holiday season take A7, after Montélimar Sud exit at Bollène no 19 signed to Alès, follow panels to Pont Saint Esprit, Bagnols sur Cèze. At the roundabout just over the bridge before you enter the centre of Bagnols, turn right for Alès. Follow the main road about 12k until you see UZES signposted. Turn left and follow signs. When you reach the town follow the one way system until you see the Esplanade. There is a war memorial and a panel that says "toutes directions". Turn right then right again towards Alès at the roundabout. Right again after 80m brings you into "Les Cordeliers", the central car park.
From Lyon in high season: This route runs parallel to the A7 to the East and will involve about three and a half to four hours drive through beautiful landscapes. Via Vienne, Beaurepaire, Romans-sur-Isère, Grignan, Bollène, then as above
from Marseille: A7 direction AVIGNON then A54 direction NIMES, then A9, leaving autoroute at Nîmes Est (Marguerittes). Take the direction AVIGNON and at the 2nd roundabout turn left for POULX where you will pick up signs to UZES. On no account follow the A7 to Avignon even if your satnav wants you to! It takes forever getting round the South side of the city. Enter Uzès and follow signs to Alés at the roundabout by the rugby field. Just after the next roundabout turn right into the CORDELIERS car park.
From Nice: A8 towards MARSEILLE then A7 as above
From the South: A9 exit NIMES EST and come via POULX as explained under 'Marseille' above
Parking in Uzès
Pay and display street parking, free between 19.00 and 08.00 and between 12.00 and 14.00. Free on Sundays and national holidays. Central car park, "les Cordeliers". First 90 minutes free and free between 19.00 and 08.00. Cheap rates in any case. Free parking, unmarked places, av Georges Pompidou 60 m below roundabout at the bottom of avenue de la Libération, or next to the Rugby field off the Route de Nîmes. Covered parking with CCTV at a price on Bd Charles Gides, (part of the boulevard which encircles the town centre).
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