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Lavender Fields Close To Uzès

Searching for lavender fields close to Uzès isn’t just for tourists. Locals take great pleasure in finding them too — off the beaten track — in a charming town — with a great restaurant.

Goudargues is one of those special places.

Lavender fields near Uzès
Lavender fields near Uzès
Lavender fields near Uzès

Lavender Fields Close To Uzès

Lavender and A Quaint Canal Town  

Less than an hour’s drive from Uzès, Goudargues is known locally as the Venise Gardoise.  A narrow, tree-lined canal cuts through town. Restaurants, cafes, shops, and bars line the canal along the Quai de la Fontaine.

While visiting Goudargues, regardless of the season, I love to stop at the gift stores. They’re filled with unique and traditional Provençal decorative items.

A Fine Food Find

La Galantine

Plan ahead for your stop in Goudargues and reserve a table for lunch at La Galantine. On Sundays, it’s a must to make reservations. Families, especially the French, fill the few outside tables, enjoying their beautifully prepared and served déjeuner under the huge shade trees.

Asperges, épinards, tomate avec jambo
Salmon, olives noirs, radis marinés
Profiteroles. déconstruit
Côté du Rhône Rosé

Did I mention there’s an antique boutique next door?

Could there be a better way to spend a day?

On this Sunday, I was entertaining one of my best friends visiting from North Carolina. While the Carolinas are known for beautiful mountains and beaches, seeing fields of lavender is a rarity. And to find a meal like this– it was a dream come true.

Lavender Fields Close To Uzès

You can spend an entire holiday visiting the fields of lavender in and around Uzès and Provence.  Check out this post for more details, “For the Love of Lavender.” 




16 replies »

    • I really enjoy Goudargues, anytime of year. Even though it’s small, there’s always something fun to do… and great food! Thank you so much for reading along…

  1. A new village for me! Fabulous photos, Deb, and a wonderful introduction to this town. On y va!

  2. Since I first became acquainted with Provence nearly 20 years ago, I have yearly ramped up the provençal element in my gardens in the Pacific Northwest. Interestingly (I think) this area so known for its rain and lush landscapes enjoys hot, dry summers that mimic the climate of Provence from June through September. Over 15-20 years, from the border of our entry drive to the back 40 lot, we’ve planted lavender rows that begin their bloom in late June, and stretch their show through July: short, pale lavender Munstead, mid-height deepest purple Hidcote, and tall blue Provence lavenders. We do keep a broad expanse of lawn surrounded by trees, shrubs, and a rock wall, our own little park. Stone pots planted with grasses and bright annuals, enclose the perimeter of a capacious deck, just off the kitchen.

    While I dream of a return to Provence, I relish your updates from Uzès and reminders of the source of my inspirations.

  3. What a great way to spend a day, and even better to see it all through the new eyes of a visiting friend!

    • Looking forward to when you’ll be back in France and we can visit lavender fields together.

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