Sun, Sun, Sun!
The Uzès area boasts a Mediterranean climate, with typical southern European vegetation - with olive trees and vineyards abounding.
The region enjoys 250-300 days of sun each year and temperatures can reach 40°C (104°F) in the summer, with average lows of 3-5°C (37.4 or 41°F) during the winter. Winter is short, only lasting for a couple of months before temperatures start to warm up again around February.
Summer starts around May with midday temperatures in the mid twenties (25°C or 77°F). Warm weather extends through much of October.
Location & Amenity
Maison de Mathilde is a short stroll down the lane from the famous Place aux Herbes, with its fountain, arcades, terrace cafes and an abundance of restaurants and bars, providing a fabulous introduction to the charming and unforgettable delights of the town. The many and varied restaurants and cafés in the town suit every pallete and price range.
The historic community of Uzès is vibrant, and the town centre has plenty of chic, modern stores, offering all the amenities you desire. Bakeries, supermarkets, medical facilities, chemists, cinema, banks, currency exchange office and post office are all available.
A Charming Historical Setting
The town abounds with original features which have been restored and preserved to enjoy today. The old town of Uzès is full of medieval streets for wandering and exploring on foot or by bicycle.
The surrounding villages have wonderful distinctive goods such as olives, aprictors, wine, cherries, peaches and truffles.
Pont du Gard
Uzès lies at the source of the Eure River. This is where a Roman aqueduct was built, the famous Pont du Gard. This viaduct carried fresh water over splendid arches across the river Gardon.
The Place aux Herbes bustles with activity during the famous Uzès markets, held on Wednesday and Saturday. Stallholders sell a wide variety of gourmet produce, cloths of the region, as well as plenty of tourist delights.
St-Theodorit Cathedral with its 11th century Fenestrelle Tower (Window Tower) is probably the most famous icon of the city. Listed as a French Historical Monument in 1862.
G Borias Museum
Built on the site of an old Roman camp, the castle called Le Duche (the Duke's Castle) is located in the centre of Uzès. This historic site was the residence of the Governor during the first millennium.
Housed within an old 18th century mill this amazing private museum contains over 3000 authentic objects reflecting the artisnal and industrial production of France in the late 19th century.
The Georges Boaris Museum is a museum of art and history. There you can discover the rich history of Uzès and its region through its collections of archeology, history & crafts.
Getting to Uzès
Uzès is located amidst the picturesque hills and valleys of Provence, about 30 minutes north of Nimes and 30 minutes west of Avignon.
From the airport in Paris it is possible to take the TGV (High-speed Rail) through France to Nimes or Avignon - journeys of approximately 3 hours.
Alternatively, it is also possible to reach Avignon on the TGV from Nice - again, with an approximate jounery of 3 hours.
Car hire is readily available at both Nimes and Avignon stations, or alternatively, catch the modern air-conditioned Egard bus (€1.50).
Links - Further Information
Uzès: Tourism Bureau - uk.uzes-tourisme.com
Provence & Beyond: Uzès - www.beyond.fr/villages/uzes
Provence & Beyond: Collias (Kayaking) -www.beyond.fr/villages/collias
Pont du Gard - www.pontdugard.fr/en
St Firmin Vineyard - www.saint-firmin.com (French)
Haribo Museum - www.haribo.com
Bus - www.edgard-transport.fr (French)
Bus - www.beyond.fr/travel/bus30-schedules-provence-france
Trains - www.sncf.com/en/trains/tgv