Uzès, Languedoc-Roussillon – France

 
Uzès is a town in the Languedoc-Roussillon region in southern France. It lies about 25 km north-northeast of Nîmes. In the city there are private houses that witness the wealth that the textile trade brought in the 16th century. The town is also homes to three feudal towers, the Bermonde Tower (part of the château du Duché), the Bishop Tower and the Royal Tower.

 

The Cathedral was destroyed in the Albigensian Crusade, rebuilt, and destroyed again in the 16th century Wars of Religion. Rebuilt again in the 17th century, it was stripped out during the French Revolution. The 11th century Romanesque Tour Fenestrelle (“Window Tower”), with its paired windows, is probably the most famous icon of the city.
Uzes is famous in the area for its Saturday market as not only does it sell local produce but it also sells cloths of the region as well as plenty of tourist delights.
Our enduring love affair with Provence has been seized upon by Eurostar, which is extending the direct six-hour summer service from Ashford to Avignon by two weeks (28 June-13 September), with a view to a year-round service from 2015.
Uzès has Renaissance architecture, winding streets and nuns selling jam in Place aux Herbes. Uzès also has a number of restored houses being run as maisons d’hôtes. L’Albiousse (from €155 a night) is a tasteful four-room luxury B&B in a 16th-century house off Place aux Herbes, owned by two former Paris restaurateurs. It is near the Musée du Bonbon, aka the Haribo Museum, as Uzès is the production site for Gummi Bears.