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Things To Do and See
OUTDOOR ... FAMILY ACTIVITIES ... CULTURE ...
Here are a few ideas of things to enjoy around the area ...
FOR THE ACTIVE
Both the climate and landscape lend themselves to an outdoor lifestyle in this part of the South of France. With the sea, rivers , mountains and endless rolling countryside never more than a short drive away and consistent sunshine throughout the spring and summer months, it is like a playground of the outdoor enthusiast!
Cycling and Mountain Biking
Get on your bike and take the quieter routes through the picturesque villages in the heart of the region or follow a guide along the crests of the Cevenol mountains - or follow Le Tour de France !
Cycle at leisure through the rolling wine regions or along the rivers
Test your stamina on your mountain bike high up in the mountains or through wild ridges and valleys
Get closer to nature by cycling past the pink flamingos and wild white horses down on the Camargue and the coastline.
There are a number of cycle routes ‘Voies Vertes’ in the Gard, from Quissac to Sauve, Beaucaire to Uzès, Caveirac to Sommières and coastal routes passing through La Grande Motte. Ask at the Tourist Office for more details.
Walking and Hiking
With over 3000km of mapped out and maintained walking and hiking routes, you can delight in discovering the diverse geography and cultural heritage of the Gard.
Take a stroll around the medieval Vezenobres and up to the Table D’Orientation for fabulous views stretching over 100km on a clear day, or ask at the Tourist Office for details on the many Chemins de Grandes Randonnées (GR) in the area
Hiking or guided walks in the Cevennes, Garrigue, Camargue
Retrace the steps of the regions many forbearers in the historical centres.
Horse Riding and Pony Trekking
What better way to tour the stunning landscape and take in the breathtaking panoramas than on horseback on theTranséquestre Régionale'?
Unforgettable rides on horseback across diverse landscapes
Donkey treks in the Cevennes and pony rides from ranches
Coastal hacks on Camargue white horses and up to 2 hour rides along the beach and around The Camargue. Horses and ponies available for all standards and ages.
Whether you are looking for action on the open seas, criss-crossing the region in a canoe or taking in the scenery on a leisurely river tour - the choice is yours!
Canyoning, canoeing or kayaking on one of the many rivers criss-crossing the Gard
Sailing, windsurfing, waterskiing, jet skiing or diving on the coast
Rowing or river tours on the Rhône à Sète Canal
Waterparks – check out ‘La Bouscarasse’ (D981 Route d'Alès to Uzès) or the ‘Parc Aquatique Le Grand Bleu’ at La Grande Motte.
To name a few...
La Grande Motte (Le Grand Travers)
Le Grau du Roi
Climbing and Caving
The Cevennes mountains provide excellent climbing conditions and some of the most famous caves and caverns in France can be found in the region - guided expeditions are essential
Climbing on the vast canyons and gorges
Caving in the innumerable caves and caverns dotted around the Cevennes
From the majestic wild rivers such as the Rhône and the Gard to the many rivers hosted by the Cevenol slopes and their tributaries, the region is home to a huge choice of sought after species - trout, pike, black bass, zander and carp amongst them, not to mention the possibilities opened up in the Mediterranean.
Organised and guided fishing in the rivers
Big game and sea fishing on the Med
Practice to fulfil your competitive ambitions or view it as recreational exercise - don't leave your clubs at home, take advantage of the local facilities
Novice or expert? The region has a mix of 9, 11 or 18 hole golf courses and driving ranges.
Nimes Vacquerolles (18 holes), Nimes Campagne (18 holes - rated amongst the top six in France),
Uzes (9 holes), La Grande Motte (45 holes), Ribaute les Tavernes (6 holes), and many more...
A golf pass is available which gives five days' green fees to be used during 15 consecutive days and covers 20 different courses throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon
Ski and Snowsports
The closer mountain ranges lend themselves perfectly to cross-country skiing in the winter months, whilst the Pyrénées and the Haute Alpes a little further afield are dotted with valley and mountaintop resorts offering a wide variety of snowsports from snowboarding and alpine skiing to para-skiing and snow motorbikes.
In the winter months La Station de Prat-Peyrot on Mont Aigoual offers limited skiing for those who just cannot stay off the piste (it has installed 65 snow canons and has 14 skilifts for downhill skiing), and has 60 kilometers of waymarked cross country routes.
For the more adventurous, there are numerous opportunities to take off into the wild blue yonder (in this case not the sea!)
TOURS AND VISITS
Le Train à Vapeur des Cevennes
Starting in Anduze and ending in St. Jean du Gard, this old-fashioned steam train takes you on a magnificent tour through the surrounding Cevennes valleys and countryside. Combine with a day trip to Anduze or other local sites..
Les Marais Vigueirat - this wildlife reserve is one of the best places to viewthe abundant flora and fauna of the Camargue region, including its famous white horses and pink flamingos. Pack a picnic and visit les Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer while you are there.
Camargue Boat Trips - Discover the scenic beauty of The Camargue and explore the wetlands and wide spaces of the river.
Le Musée du Bonbon Haribo “Candy Factory”
(45min drive) – What child wouldn’t love to learn how these famous French candies are made, and taste? An irresistible addition to a day outing in Uzès and the surrounding area.
La Bambouseraie de Prafrance
Much more than just a bamboo park, it’s an unforgettable journey inside a 15 hectare tropical paradise. Combine with a day trip to Anduze just south.
On the coast in le Grau-du-Roi, take a break from the beaches and visit this spectacular aquarium and new shark viewing installation.
(20min drive) – Nîmes offers a wonderful selection of some of the best maintained roman structures in all of southern France. Your visit should include, among others, Les Arènes, La Maison Carré, Tour Magne, and Le Temple de Diane in Les Jardins de la Fontaine.
Le Pont du Gard
(40min drive) – There’s a reason why it’s the second most visited tourist site in France…it’s amazing! Part of the roman aqueduct system that carried water over 50km from Uzès to Nîmes, the Pont du Gard bridge over the Gardon river is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Le Palais des Papes
(45min drive) – Fleeing the violent reaction to his election in 1305, Pope Clement V formally moved the Popes’ residence to Avignon, and some 50 years later construction on the world’s largest medieval Gothic palace had been completed – the Palace of the Popes. A magnificent tour during a visit to Avignon.
Giant-sized audiovisual shows projected on the imposing walls of this spectacular underground quarry. Combine with a day trip to Les Baux de Provence or St. Remy.
La Musée de la Romanité
La Maison Carrée
Le Carré d’Art - Nîmes’ very famous modern art museum designed by Norman Foster houses over 400 works.
Musée Fabre - Montpellier’s gift to art lovers has been around since 1828, and has been recently restored to its former glory. Housing a large range of art from the Renaissance to modern day, there is something to please everyone.
Musée Départementale Arles Antiques - The archeological museum of Arles is the region’s flagship museum housing artefacts from Prehistory to the end of Antiquity. While in Arles, don’t miss the other spectacular Roman monuments up close.
Le Musée du Désert - Explore the heart of Camisard (French Huguenot) history. Combine with a day trip to the town of Anduze just next door.
Wander around fabulous historical Uzes itself.
La Musée 1900 - A fantastic history of men and machines in Arpaillargues (near Uzés)
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