TOURISM

AVIGNON – 38 km

Avignon is nicknamed “Babylon on the Rhône” because of the Babylonian exile of the popes, as well as “Provençal Papal City”. Avignon has been the seat of an archbishop for centuries.

The historic center (referred to as “intra-muros”) is surrounded by 14th-century fortress walls 4.2 kilometers long with seven gates and 39 towers. The center has been on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1995.

Avignon is also known for the grand theater festival that is held annually in the city in July. The festival actually consists of two parts: The official festival that provides a stage for the major theater productions of France (and Europe). The highlight of this official festival every year is the performance in the courtyard of the Papal Palace.
In addition, the Avignon festival has the so-called “Off” part. This includes performances of smaller-scale theater productions that are shown everywhere in the city, including on the streets. The festival was founded in 1947 by Jean Vilar.

Every year the festival attracts visitors who often stay in Avignon for the entire month of July until they leave on the last day. The last day of the festival is therefore also called the death of the festival, because the city is deserted again and only a few posters of theater performances remain in the streets.

If you immerse yourself in the past of you will discover much of Avignon's authentic life.


UZÈS – 29 km

Uzès is the seat of the Duchy of Uzès. In 1565, King Charles IX installed count de Crussol as Duc (Duke) of Uzège. The current Duke Jacques Emmanuel Eric Raymond Marie de Crussol is the 17th Duc d’Uzès.

At the beginning of our era, the Romans drew water from the Eure, the river where Uzès later arose. This water ran to Nîmes via an aqueduct and the Pont du Gard to provide that city with sufficient water in the summer. At that time, Uzès was a small Gallo-Romanesque “Oppidum”, or administrative settlement.

Uzès is not only known for its historic buildings and picturesque squares, but also for its Provencal market on Saturdays and the farmers’ market on Wednesdays, the National Studfarm and the Haribo museum. And moreover the many sporty and cultural activities: January is the truffle month, in June is the dance and fairy-tale festival and in July concerts, just to mention a few things.


LA ROQUE-SUR-CÈZE – 22 km

In the north of the Gard department, La Roque-sur-Cèze is built on a rocky spur above the Cèze, bridged by an old bridge with twelve arches. The village, dominated by the remains of an ancient castle and its Romanesque chapel, with its steep streets and houses of blond stone with slate roofs, offers a breathtaking view of the Sautadet waterfalls, an exceptional natural site that makes the place even more attractive.


orange – 32 km

The ancient theatre of Orange is the best preserved ancient theatre in the world and the most important monument of this city. It is classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The Chorégies, a French festival of international fame, has been held here since 1869.

It was built under the reign of Augustus in the 1st century BC. and could accommodate up to 9000 spectators thanks to its structure and exceptional acoustics. An absolute must to visit.