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UZÈGE AND PONT DU GARD
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The Pont du Gard illuminated
Canoeing on the Gardon
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In Uzès, a city of history and art, you’ll fall deep into the spell of its medieval alleyways, ducal castle, Renaissance mansions, arcade-festooned squares and murmuring fountains. This city, as well as the surrounding area of Uzège-Pont du Gard, cultivates a kinship with beautiful landscapes and delicious products, lovely houses and cherished encounters. Touring here, you’ll discover with equal passion: the local truffles or the bonbons (with their own museum here), the upscale curio/antiques shops or the terroir market, the National stud farms or the bottled snails, the homemade syrups or the local house white (remarkably fine, thank you!).
While exploring the environs, you’ll enthral to the Pont du Gard, a giant of stone, and symbol for the entire department. This major vestige of the Roman aqueduct that supplied water from Uzès to Nîmes is still just as imposing today even after 2,000 years. Here at France’s most visited ancient-history site, you’ll experience a unique mix, a blend of history, arts and traditions. You can even bathe below the 25 metre span of its main arch, or canoe under it on the clear Gardon river waters. This is because the other special feature of Uzège is its outdoor activities, never far from the heritage gems. Here, in the most beautiful setting possible, you can jog, skate, swim, climb or even soar.
On the same river, upstream, you’ll be enthralled by the elegant beauty of the more modest Pont Saint-Nicolas. There are scores of charming villages to explore. Give them a try – they and others are well worth it: Collias, Castillon, Saint-Maximin, Gaujac and its oppidum, or Fournès and its lunar rift landscape. Then there’s also the remarkable Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie museum and pottery works where you can enjoy a modern approach to an age-old craft demonstrated by a dozen potters.
“I definitely recommend little producers’ markets: Tuesdays in Saint-Quentin or Wednesdays in Uzès. And then you really must pause for a drink at La Place aux Herbes.”
Michel Tournayre, truffle producer
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The annual “Octobre Nature” event is an open invitation to discover the region of Pays Uzège - Pont du Gard: hiking, biking, horseback riding, canoeing or even trekking alongside a pack donkey. This is also a wonderful opportunity to try your hand at rock-climbing or spelunking. And it’s 20 good reasons to plunge into this generous, voluptuous place; to give in to an incomparable “way of life” and “way of doing”.
In such protected and well-preserved surroundings you’ll discover outdoor activities as well as an outstanding heritage… all encased in a peerless Mediterranean climate. Make sure to book now !
This year at the Uzès Haras national, circus skills have place of honour with “Lucien Gruss fait son cirque” (What a Circus, with Lucien Gruss) where he will perform along with two fellow “ring-mates”: Samuel Hafrad, vaulter and Pieric, trick-rider clown.
Lucien Gruss is ever popular with family and children’s audiences, whether they are new or old to the circus. As he steps out of the limelight a little more every year, his favourite steeds move into it: his stars – his horses.
Show times: every Wednesday in July and August at 6:30 p.m. Additionally: every Thursday from Thursday 17 July to Thursday 14 August, 8 p.m.
Admission prices: Adults 16 € / Children (5 to 12 years): 6 € / Children (3 to 4 years): 3 € / Under 3: free of charge.
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