Anduze photo anduze0153s.jpg (7 k) Anduze is a picturesque Medieval village with Gallo-Roman roots, sitting in a notch of the hills garding the entrance to the Cevennes. The old town has narrow streets, hidden squares, ancient fountains, the remains of the defensive walls, and a unique clock-bell tower with a beautiful sundial.

Also:  | Anduze Town Map | Anduze Town Detail Map |

Nearby: | Alès 15 km | Avignon 80 km | Bambouseraie 3 km | Florac 65 km | Moussac 27 km | Nîmes 45 km | Saint Etienne-Vallée-Française 27 km | Saint Hippolyte-du-Fort 9 km | Saint Jean-du-Gard 14 km | Sauve 17 km | Tornac Chateau 4 km | Uzès 43 km | Vézénobres 18 km |

Hotels near Anduze: | Anduze | 4 km Tornac Chateau | 14 km Saint Jean-du-Gard | 15 km Ales | 43 km Uzes | 45 km Nimes | 65 km Florac |

Anduze is a very popular little town, and can be extremely crowded during the summer. In addition to the many interesting things to see here, there's a good selection of cafés, restaurants, hotels, and lots of shops with local products, pottery and souvenirs.

The active town center is the Plan de Brie, the main street where you'll find the tourist office, the mairie (town hall), shops and terrace café-restaurants.

The French Gallic Rooster at the The Clock Tower (Tour de l'Horloge), on the corner of the main street nearest the river, was built in 1320. This tall 14th-century tower has not only a clock, a wonderful sundial, and a bell, but is topped with a realistic looking Gallic Rooster perched at the top.
 
 
Anduze Rue Droite, leading in to The narrow Rue Droite, Right Street, leads directly into the heart of the Medieval old town, from the Castle Gate to the Covered Square. The name droite means direct, not straight. The cobblestone street is lined with small shops, with other shops and an occasional little restaurant hidden on nearby side streets.
 
 

Place Couverte (Covered Square) in the The central square is the 500-year-old Place Couverte. The entire square, along with the covered area in the center, is used as a market. It was originally a grain exchange, first for barley and then chestnuts, when they were an important resource in the Cevennes.
 
 
Pagoda Fountain, in the Place Couverte This colorful Pagoda Fountain located at the top of the Covered Square was given to the city of Anduze in 1648 by a local citizen; he had fallen in love with the Far East during his travels there in search of silk worm seeds. (Both silk and chestnuts have been important industries in the Cevennes.)
 
 

Anduze's Place Notre-Dame, west side Anduze's Place Notre-Dame, north side Another pretty square in Anduze is the Place Notre-Dame, a couple of streets further back (north) into the old town. Terrace cafés and ivy-covered buildings line the little square, and at the end is another ancient stone fountain. Behind the fountain is a doorway of a sculpted reddish stone, with a gargoilish face for the cap-stone.

Cordeliers Park

The lovely and peaceful Parc des The very lovely Cordeliers Park is located at the south edge of the town. This peaceful setting has shady trees, open lawns and a large pond, complete with ducks, geese and swans. The park was created on the site of an old convent, and you can pass through it on your way to the Anduze railway station.
 
 

History

Name

First record, Gallo-Roman Andusia

The location of Anduze is a strategic site, with tall, steep hills guarding the river route between the Cevennes and the plains to the southeast, and has been inhabited from prehistoric times. The St Julien hilltop, above the current town, was a fortified site through the Gallo-Roman and Medieval periods.

Prehistoric: Megalithic tombs (dolmens), standing stones and petroglyphs have been discovered in the area around Anduze. You can visit a couple of the dolmens at La Grande Pallieres, the hills about 1 km west of the town. Bronze-Age artifacts were discovered in the Grotte Faustina (we haven't located this).

Office de Tourisme

Plan de Brie - the main street, left side of the Temple with the 4 pillars.

Tel : 0 466 618 817

Web: http://www.ot-anduze.fr

Excellent, friendly service, with good information and good advice. Their website is also excellent (French, English, Dutch)

Museum

Museums & Sites

Garden

Transportation Anduze

Bus

Fun - Amusement - Kids

Caverns

Rail

Hiking

Maps

IGN (1/25,000) #2741 ET "St Hyppollyte-du-Fort, Anduze, St-Jean-du-Gard"

"Porte des Cévennes", map+info (1:25'000)

Anduze sits on the Gardon river, as the gateway into the Cévennes national forest to the west. The GR6 Hiking Trail crosses the southern part of the Cévennes, from Anduze, across Mont Aigoual to Meyrueis at the Gorges de la Jonte.

There are many GR6 alternate trails through this part of the Cévennes, including the GR62 that goes along the Hérault river valley, via Valleraugue village, avoiding the climb over Mount Aigoual.

The GR61 and GR67 trails go northwest into the Cévennes from Anduze, passing through St Jean-du-Gard and St Etienne-Vallée-Française.

East of Anduze, the GR6 follows the Gardon river, looping up through the village of Vézénobres and down the valley via Moussac, St Chaptes, Russan and Collias to the Roman aqueduct Pont du Gard.

Dining

There's a good selection of dining possibilities in Anduze. Some of the most popular terrace café-restaurants are along the main street through the center. We had lunch on the shady terrace of Les Terrasses du Gardon, located at the south edge of the center, on Rue de l'Ecluse, by the parking lot and the low river bridge. Decent food, good prices, and much quieter than the town-center restaurants.

Lodging - Hotels