Just 25km northwest of Nimes (another stunning place to visit for Roman culture, more on that later…) through blossoming sunflower fields and vines is the quaint little ville of Uzès. The town comes to life with its colorful markets twice a week, and offers lovely shopping and a tad more authenticity than some of the other better known market cities in Provence. There are lovely plazas and quaint pedestrian rues dotted with outdoor restaurants, charming boutiques, epiceries, and cafes to keep you adequately busy exploring for an afternoon.
The Wednesday morning market in Uzès offers many stands of local artisanal products “terroirs” and regional specialities. The Saturday morning market is filled with gorgeous fruits, vegetables, flowers and department store like items. Both to be enjoyed and a must-see.
Just roughly 30 minutes away, you cool off at the feet of one of the most preserved roman architectural marvels in the region at The Pont du Gard. The site’s river bank beaches will be set up on the Gardon’s right bank, 200 metres from the Pont du Gard itself making this a stunning picnic spot or afternoon escape from the heat.
On select evenings, the park stays open late so, visitors can witness fireworks or summer concerts and festivals within the park’s stunning setting overlooking the famous aqueduct. A true and successful marriage of preservation of a UNESCO monument and its site, and modern use and appreciation.
Be sure to enjoy a summer market day in Uzès and explore around the Gard.