L’Ostal is particulary well located, sitting in the plains of the Gardon valley and lying between Languedoc Roussillon and Provence. It is surrounded by historical towns and villages that have an important heritage.
The area provides many cultural and sporting possibilities together with hiking, a selection of museums, golfing, canoeing and wine tasting.
Saint-Hilaire-d'Ozilhan, is a welcoming and quiet village, typical of the Gard region, with wineries, beautiful regional stone buildings, sitting amongst the vines and in a terrain known as « the Garrigue ».
suggested visits: The chapel « La Clastre », the ancient wash house, the bell tower and the local wine growers’ cellars.
Nearby is the Roman « Pont du Gard », an aquaduct that is 6 kms from L’Ostal. Built in the 1st century, between 40 and 50 AD, it is classified as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In summer, try descending the Gorges du Gardon in a canoe as you will pass directly under its arches. Also, do not miss the floodlit aquaduct in the evening.
suggested visits at the site: the museum, the Gardon river and its gorges, trips in the garrigue (local wild scrubland), restaurant available at the site.
Uzès, 15kms from L’Ostal, is a town full of historical and architectural interest ; with its roads and squares of shops, its Duchy, the Renaissance private homes, the cathedral, mediaeval lanes and the beauty of the fountains. is a welcoming and quiet village, typical of the Gard region, with wineries, beautiful regional stone buildings, sitting amongst the vines and in a terrain known as « the Garrigue ».
suggested visits: the main square « Place aux Herbes », the Duchy, Saint-Théodorit cathedral, the source of the Eure river, the large Saturday market and the farmers' market on Wednesday.
Avignon, the capital of Christendom in the Middle Ages, houses two grand monuments from this era. Just 23 kms from L’Ostal, discover the charm of the celebrated Pont Saint-Bénezet (from the song « Sur Le Pont D’Avignon ») and the richness of the Palace of the Popes (Palais des Papes) ; both of these are classed as UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Opposite the papal city, on the other side of the river Rhone, Villeneuve-lès-Avignon also offers a sublime medieval heritage and a calm retreat from the busy and bustling Avignon in july.
Suggested visits in Avignon: the Palais des Papes (noted above), the Saint-Bénezet bridge, Avignon’s famous theatre festival in July (photo below on the left), and the many free museums.
Suggested visits in Villeneuve-lès-Avignon: the Carthusian monastery « Chartreuse du Val de Bénediction » (photo below on the right), Fort Saint-André, the tower of King Philippe Le Bel.
Step back in time and discover Nîmes with its 2000 years of history. 26 kms from L’Ostal, the city is rich in Roman monuments and endowed with an exceptional ancient heritage: Nîmes amphitheatre (arena) is the best preserved in the Roman world. Restored and embellished in recent years, the city centre is full of treasures such as the Maison Carré and the Magne tower.
Suggested visits: the arena (above), the Maison Carrée (on the right), the temple of Diana, the Magne tower (on the left), the castellum (the final point of aquaduct water), the Roman museum, the gardens « Les jardins de la Fontaine ».
.38 kms away, Arles is also an area classified under World Heritage. With good cause as, after Rome, it is the town with the most Roman monuments.
Suggested visits: the arena (shown on the left), the Museum of Ancient Arles, the theatre, the Roman necropolis and the photographic exhibitions from July to September.
40 kms from l’Ostal you will find Les Baux de Provence which is located in the heart of the Alpilles and on a rocky plateau. This sublime medieval village overlooks an exceptional landscape of Arles, the Camargue and the Alpilles. Close to Les Baux, discover the Carrières de Lumières with its sound and light exhibitions as well as the ancient site of Glanum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence with its remarkable remains.
Suggested visits: the village and castle of Les Baux over hanging the rock (photo below), the quarry Carrières de Lumières, Glanum and its mausoleum.