Located between forest and garrigue, Flaux is only 5 miles away from Uzès and originated in Roman times.
This small village has 300 inhabitants and has always been administered by the Duchy of Uzès, as it is now fully part of the council community of Uzès.
Through the ages, the name can be found in documents in these forms: Mansus de Flaus, Flausium, then Flaux (in 1549).
As part of the heritage treasures of the Uzège county villages, the campanile sitting on top of the town hall roof, rather than on the church roof, is what distinguishes Flaux.
Going for a stroll on the cattle paths, or in the park of the 18th century chateau, hiking on the karst pool trail (Lavogne) to the standing stone site not far from the village’s highest point are some of the possible visits.
1- The Duchy of Uzès: like no other
There are only 8000 inhabitants in Uzès, but this town retained from its past a propensity to look at the world from above. High up on a rock, culminating over the surrounding countryside, it boasts four towers with a Tuscan air, visible from a long way away.
It nominated itself ‘first duchy of France’, a somewhat mysterious title, since it is not the oldest, nor the largest, or even the grandest, but it relates to one Duke of Uzès, at the time of King Louis XIII, who was in the first rank of Dukes of France, which meant that he could, in the event of the king dying, pronounce the fateful words: “The King is dead, long live The King!”.
The tourist office of Uzès, located on Albert 1er square at the town’s entrance, as well as the town’s library documents are there to help you explore the magical beauty of Uzès in further detail. The town’s book shops may also satisfy your curiosity.
2- The Pont du Gard
Aqueduct bridge which spans the Gardon majestically; site of emergency and Historical Monuments registered in the World Heritage listed by UNESCO.
2- Surroundings: a rich historical and cultural heritage
The heritage treasures of the Uzège county villages are not short of charm and authenticity.
Gardens: botany enthusiasts should not miss Uzès’s medieval garden where medicinal plants grow by the side of plants used as food, for textile or dyes –heaven for your senses.
The truffle farms of Uzès: almost 40 acres fitted out so as to explain all the secrets of truffles and the family story of four generations of passionate people; tastings of the ‘black diamond’ are available.
The Eure spring in the Val d’Eure, where the spectacular Pont du Gard aqueduct originates. The trail takes you from the Eure spring, to the division chambers, the first remains of the ducts, the picturesque site of Bornègre, and finally to the antique bridge, as well as a very well preserved underground duct fragment.
The Oules Garden was recently renovated, offering an exceptionally verdant landscape, formed by a maze of pyramid-shaped olive trees and monumental sculptures. The statue of the Virgin Mary, the chateau and clock tower of the village of St Victor des Oules make it a place loaded with history, where several generations of potters succeeded one another.
St Quentin la Poterie, part of the same tradition of potters’ villages, is no exception to the rule – it has a museum, some workshops and crafts workers dotted along the delightful little lanes of the village.
Visiting the village of Castillon du Gard, entirely built out of stone and sitting on a hill, is like jumping back to the Middle Ages and Wars of Religion. The rehabilitated tokens of this period are the Château de Belle Vue, as well as St Christophe’s and St Caprais’s chapels. As far as hikers are concerned, it is also situated on the GR63 hiking path leading to the Pont du Gard aqueduct.
During your peregrination, why not make a picturesque detour to La Bastide d’Engras and La Capelle et Masmolène – the first one being built on a sandstone ridge, and the other one hanging off a wooded hill – for a tireless succession of clocks, chapels, castles, ruins of towers to delight your eyes?…
At the end of our road called St Hippolyte de Montaigu, you will find a village which goes by the same name known for its square tower called « Tourasse » (12th century), its communal well, its washhouse and its canal taking water to the village’s vegetable gardens. From this point, you will find a marked path leading to the Virgin Mary of Montaigu, with a beautiful panorama of the Cévennes, and all the way to the Provençal Alps.
Thirty minutes north from there, Lussan situated high up on a rocky spur, is a real village in the Languedoc style with a lot of character, overlooked by a chateau and fortifications, former spinning mills, and a boxwood garden with gorges (Jardin des buis), 3 miles away.
The Hills and Vineyards map is provided on this website both in French and English.