Over 2000 years ago the original name of the town Uzes was “Ucetia” or “Eutica” in Latin because Uzès was a small Gallo- Roman oppidum, a administrative settlement.
Uzès is a small town in the Gard department, north of Nîmes, with a history dating from Roman times. During the summer thousands of tourists are coming to visit the famous market with regional products. The circular streets around the historical center were once walls that protected the Medieval castle in the 11th and 12th centuries.
Today there are many restaurants all near the “Le Duché”, a medieval castle with four towers, ancient center houses and the lovely Place aux Herbes. Even when the Place aux Herbes, with its fountain, arcades and terrace cafés are crowded with people and activity it is a great place for a relaxing café stop or terrace lunch. Still, the town has only ca 8000 inhabitants and in contrast to many other popular tourist destinations these 8000 people “own” their town, not the tourists.
For those who want to enjoy one of the calm parks the best park is located below the town in the valley of the source of the Alzon river, at “Fontaine d'Eure”, from where a Roman aqueduct was built in the first century BC, to supply water to the local city of Nîmes, 50 kilometres (31 miles) away. The most famous stretch of the aqueduct is the “Pont du Gard”, now a World Heritage site, which carried fresh water over the huge arches across the river Gardon.
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