Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, town known for ceramicists, near the Pont du Gard and Uzès
How to get here?
Our GPS coordinates- Latitude : 44.046057 | Longitude : 4.442551
By train from TGV Nimes or Avignon (2.5 hours from Paris)
More information atwww.voyages-sncf.com.
By plane- served by Nimes airport (London-Nimes with Ryanair), Arles, Camargue. More information at www.nimes-aeroport.fr.
Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, at the heart of the Nimes-Alès-Avignon triangle.
Our establishment is located 4km from Uzès, 19 kms on the A9 motorway (Remoulins exit), 30 kms from Nimes and 40 kms from Avignon.
From the Remoulins motorway exit, take the Uzès direction then take the Saint-Quentin-la Poterie direction. At Saint-Quentin-la Poterie, follow the signs towards St Laurent La Vernède. A series of signs in purple are placed alongside the road and will guide you to our private carpark. We are located at the top of the village.
- Musée du bonbon Haribo. Discover the delectable history of a century of candy.
- Haras Nationaux d’Uzès (Uzès National Stud Farm) is dedicated to sharing their passion for horses via their historic, cultural and living heritage.
- Les Truffières d’Uzès is an opportunity to discover all the mysteries of the truffle.
- Grotte de la Salamandre (the Cave of the Salamander) invites you to discover and explore the world of the subterranean.
- Gorges du Gardon. A landscape to explore through its numerous trails.
- Les Concluses are the picturesque gorges of l’Aguillon. Magnificent landscapes!
- Le Petit Train des Cévennes takes you on a trip from the low valleys of the Gypières and l’Amous, finishing up in the botanic park of the Bambouseraie.
And for those that enjoy sports: canoeing, quad biking, caving, rock-climbing, via ferrata, canyoneering, mountain biking, Nine-hole golf, hot air ballooning…loads of activities are at your disposal! Feel free to ask our reception staff to advise you.
From the hotel, stroll through the streets of Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, a village dedicated to the arts of Earth and Fire. First stop is the Musée de la Poterie Méditerranéenne for a voyage through the history of functional ceramics from the 18th century to today.
Also worth a visit is the Galerie Terra Viva and the atelier terre (pottery workshop) that organises numerous courses and fun workshops.
At Saint-Quentin-la-Poterie, 23 professional pottery studios are open to the public. Discover the different facets of pottery and ceramics, glazed pottery, stoneware, porcelain, raku ware...
In July every year come and explore the Festival Européen des Arts Céramiques, Terralha (the European Festival of Ceramic Arts), which aims to open up to the general public the world of pottery and ceramics.
Another festival is the Festival l’Accordéon which takes place in May. It has a huge programme to explore.
For more information go to www.officeculturel.com.
The valley of Uzès and the Pont du Gard
Located in the heart of Provence, le Clos des Pradines is an ideal base for exploring Nimes, Uzès, the Pont du Gard or the Gorges of Gardon…
Christened Belle de Pierre or Joyau dans la garrigue, the town of Uzès has been officially classed “Town of Art and History” since 2008. As soon as one enters the town one notices the rare architectural consistency. Here, one is immersed in the Middle Ages. Its cathedral, the church of Saint-Etienne, and its private mansions (hôtels particuliers) are treasures to be admired by visitors.
Its towers dominate a landscape where vineyards, olive groves, and fields of fruit and vegetable crops reign supreme. The town offers numerous popular markets, particularly the Saturday market. Uzès contributes to the showcasing of local gastronomy and regional produce.
More information from www.uzes-tourisme.com.
The Pont du Gard needs no introduction. A three-level Roman aqueduct and bridge it boasts exceptional architecture and has attracted attention for decades. The highest point of the bridge dominates the Gard River. The bridge measures 48.77 m high and 275 m long.
Near Avignon, Alès and Nimes
From your base at le Clos de Pradines, visit the emblematic towns of Avignon, Alès and Nimes.
Avignon has conserved a rich heritage, between its Palace of the Popes, the bridge of Saint Benezet (commonly known as “le Pont d’Avignon”), its ramparts, its ten or so churches, chapels and vestiges of a glorious past. It hosts a prestigious festival of contemporary theatre and was European City of Culture in 2000. Avignon is also a city with strong regional cuisine, with local specialities and the wines of the Cotes du Rhone.
For more information see www.avignon-tourisme.com.
Alès also has numerous treasures. To cite only three, we particularly recommend the Mine Témoin, a working mine open to the public, a veritable immersion in the world of mining. And also le Parc Floral des Camellias de la Prairie and le Jardin Arboretum de Bonsai.
More information at www.ot-ales.fr.
Between the festivals, les Grands Jeux Romains (Roman games re-enactments), the Feria and Courses Camarguaises (bloodless bull games), there are a lot of things to explore in Nimes. In terms of architecture, there are the must-sees such as the roman amphitheatre, la Maison Carrée, la Tour Magne, les Jardins de la Fontaine…
More information at www.ot-nimes.fr.