Uzès is a popular day trip destination from both Avignon and Nîmes, and is often coupled with a visit to the Pont du Gard aqueduct; tours typically cover highlights such as the Ducal Palace, Uzès Cathedral, and the Medieval Garden. Held in the main square of Place aux Herbes, the bi-weekly markets are popular with both locals and travelers. If you’re traveling with kids, don’t miss a visit to the HARIBO museum, located just outside of the city.
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Things to Know Before You Go
The Roman ruins of Uzes are a must-visit for history buffs.
Uzes is a popular choice for foodies with a great choice of restaurants, bars, and cafés.
The historic center of Uzes is pedestrianized, making the best way to explore on foot. Most attractions are wheelchair- and stroller-accessible.
How to Get There
Uzès is a 45-minute drive from Avignon via the N100 road and a 30-minute drive from Nimes. Buses and trains run from both cities—the 152 runs through from both towns—while a more popular option is to take a tour that stops at Pont du Gard along the way.
When to Get There
Uzès is at its most atmospheric on the market days of Wednesday and Saturday, but expect big crowds especially in July and August. Like most French towns, Sundays can be quiet with many shops and attractions closed; in low season, shops and restaurants also tend to be closed on Mondays.
Uzès market is renowned throughout Languedoc as a great place to pick up regional produce and sample local specialties. Stalls are heaped with freshly baked bread and pastries, meat and fish, seasonal fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and handicrafts. Top buys include truffles, olives and olive oils, thyme-flavored honey, and goat’s cheese. Stick around for lunch at one of the street food stalls or terrace cafés around the square.
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- Pont du Gard
- St. Benezet Bridge (Pont d'Avignon)
- Avignon Cathedral (Cathedrale Notre-Dame des Doms)
- Rhône River
- Little Palace Museum (Musée du Petit Palais)
- Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes)
- Rocher des Doms
- Les Halles Market
- Church of St. Trophime (Eglise St-Trophime)
- Les Baux-de-Provence
- Montmajour Abbey (Abbaye de Montmajour)