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An Unforgettable Day in Uzès. Six Insider Tips

One of the hardest parts about visiting a new place is knowing exactly when during the year you want to go and what you want to see when you get there.

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès 

Now that the Barefoot Blogger calls Uzès“home,” here are some hints for a one-day Uzés visit. On this trip, you’ll have time to experience the town’s rhythm. That’s the best way to see it.

How to get to Uzes
There are several ways to get to Uzès by air and train. If you are arriving from the US, fly into Paris, London, or Barcelona. Check on the best fares. I suggest you board a train from each of these cities to Nimes or Avignon, France. In fact, there’s a direct train from London to Avignon. If you prefer to fly, head for Marseilles, Nimes, and Avignon, but airline strikes often interrupt schedules, so keep on guard for notices.

When you arrive in Nimes or Avignon, there is a bus service to Uzès with regional buses that depart on a regular, reliable schedule. The bus station in Uzès is in the middle of town, number #6 on the map below, close to most destinations in the historic district.

 Tip #1 

Visit on a Saturday or a Wednesday for a market day in Uzès.

The Saturday and Wednesday markets in Uzès are centered in the Place aux Herbes. It’s at  #17 on the map below. Start out early on whichever market day you choose because the crowds arrive around 10am. In the summer, you will be shoulder-to-shoulder with other tourists by noon.

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès Map of Historic Uzès

Saturday Market – When I visited Saturday Market in Uzès for the first time, I fell in love with the town. In fact, Saturday’s one of my favorite days of the week living here. The market vendors are in the Place aux Herbes with fruits and vegetables, cheeses, and all the flavors and foods that make this part of France so wonderful. Throughout the plaza and along the main avenue that circles the historic part of town, more vendors line up, selling men’s and women’s clothing, shoes, jewelry, hats, and more.  Musicians are on almost every corner playing French, Spanish, and even Dixieland sounds. 

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

Musicians in Uzès

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

Claude the Cheese Man


An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

“Cat” with beautiful leather bracelets, located on the town’s main street.


Wednesday Market – The market on Wednesdays is a scaled-down version of the weekend event. Most of the vendors sell food items that are local to the region. The market is mainly in the Plaza aux Herbes, which gives visitors a chance to look at the permanent shops along the main streets and alleyways. 


An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

French Farmer with fresh cheeses

Tip #2

Stop for lunch at one of the many restaurants along the boulevard or plazas.

For an unforgettable day in Uzès, choose restaurants along the main avenue for lunch. Make yourself comfortable, like the French, and take a long — sometimes two hour — break to eat, drink wine and relax. Most restaurants serve from noon to 2pm. If it’s a very busy day in town, scope out where you want to stop for lunch before the market, then make a reservation for “dejeuner.”

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Map of Uzès historic area


Stroll through the historic area (map above).

There are so many things to enjoy seeing on an unforgettable day in Uzès …  like the Medieval Garden, the Fenestrelle Tower, and the Cathedral of Saint Théodorit with its classic French organ. Pull out your camera and capture some amazing photos that the people and town provide. Narrow, cobblestone streets lined with 12th-century architecture are everywhere.

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

An Unforgettable Day in Uzès

Tip #4

Visit a special hideaway frequented by Uzès insiders: Valle de l’Eure.  It’s not easy to find, but it’s worth the venture.

If you want to pick up a snack or a picnic for the park, Gaiffier’s Green Grocer is on the way. Ask for directions to the entrance to Valle de l’Eure, which is just down the road toward San Quentin la Poterie. A stone archway on the righthand side of the road leads into the parklike area. The public swimming pool and tennis courts are on the left. Follow the path beside the tennis courts until it ends at the “stairway” shown below. It’s a long way down the steps, but as they say in France: “Oh la, la!”

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Gaiffier Green Grocer in Uzès

 Tip #5

Make your way back to the center of all the action — Place aux Herbes — to enjoy the fountain, shop! And take in all the sights and sounds around you. On market days, the vendors are out of the way, and the plaza is back in time for you to enjoy a glass of wine, a pastis, or an aperitif before dinner.

Day in Uzès

Fountain at Place aux Herbes

 Tip #6

Dinner at a restaurant with an outdoor patio.

If you can stay long enough for a lovely dinner under the skies, there are several nice restaurants with outdoor patios/gardens. If there’s a crowd in town, you must make a reservation in advance. They will welcome you anytime around 7pm, but not before.

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Foie grae entree at Le Comptoir Sept

Uzes visit

Scallops with risotto

                                                                     Enjoy! Come Back Often!


25 replies »

  1. Oh Deborah, I’m so lucky to have visited Uzés 3 times now. It won’t be the last and what a wonderful way to rekindle the memories by following your blog. Thank You for the memories.

  2. Bonjour,
    As I am planning to spend a day in Uzes next May, your article is very useful ! I am still trying to decide if I will base myself in Montpellier or Arles.
    Not an easy decision because I would like to do some day trips and both cities offer many possibilities.
    I have been to Arles before but not Montpellier. If you have been there, I would appreciate your input, if you have the time.

    Merci and have a great time with your next tour.


    • That’s a tough one. Montpelier and Arles are so different. One is small, one is pretty large. Take a look at the map and try to decide which place has day trips you might enjoy. Check out some f the places in BFB to see if there are stories about them… or check Perfectly Provence for other posts from that area. Glad to help more..

  3. By a mile my favourite place in France. This year is the first we have not been to Uzes for 10 years (due to school holidays) and I feel bereft! Next year we’re planning 3 weeks and lunch in the Place will be top of the list… my eldest has a soft spot for the La Fabrique Givree ice cream!

    • I feel your pain! Any time I leave Uzes I return and know that it’s the best place I’ve been. You should see all the new ice cream places! But I totally understand your son’s love for La Fabrique Givree! Keep in touch for when you get back next year. Thanks for reading the blog, too!

  4. You are living my dream! So excited to come across your blog. I’m returning to France for my 6th trip and will spend time exploring the Provence area for a monthly vacation rental Spring 2016.

    • So glad to hear from you, Kaye. I’m thinking after your sixth visit you might as well move here too! Hope you’ll stop by Uzes and say “hello” when you’re here next year. Where are you going in Provence?

  5. Except for “Dress Nicely,” I think I’ve got the art of having a pleasant day covered. Your photos are beautiful ! I so look forward to the day we can talk face to face.

    • Just kidding on the “dress nicely.” Some days I’m a slob and still have a nice day! Thanks for the nice comments. So glad you’re reading the blog. Hope we can meet someday.

  6. My husband and I will be in the neighborhood during the Christmas holidays…I’ll be scouring your posts to see what winter may have on offer in Provence! Thanks so much for your most entertaining and inspiring blog!!!

    • Hope you will be here for Christmas market. For a preview search for last year’s post. So glad you’re enjoying the view of Uzes. Let me know when you’re here!

  7. Dear Déborah,

    Another great posting — including photos of spots on which I have never laid eyes (!) (I particularly liked the photo catching a road sign for Bagnols and St Quentin — the road to our house.)

    I already know when next I will be in your neck of the woods: arriving by train around noon on October 21, and the vernissage will be at the Cavillargues mairie (perhaps worth a posting …) on the evening of the 23rd.

    Bises et à bientôt



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