In the heart of a triangle formed by the cities of Nîmes, Uzès and Avignon, Vers-Pont-du-Gard is a small village of 1800 inhabitants nestling in the scrub land. It got its name from the historic Pont du Gard aqueduct situated on its territory. The stones from Vers, excavated since the time of the Romans and which gave the house façades their pretty colour, were used to build the aqueduct that went from the source of the Eure in Uzès all the way to Nîmes, including the part known as the Pont du Gard.
The village is also known for the quality of its wine; some 200 hectares of vineyards produce the "Côteaux du Pont du Gard" wines.
The Pont du Gard - Roman aqueduct
Village house in Vers-Pont-du-Gard
The church of Vers-Pont-du-Gard
The clock tower in Vers-Pont-du-Gard
The Stone Discovery Trail in Vers-Pont-du-Gard
Stone quarries of Vers-Pont-du-Gard
The Maison de la Pierre (House of the Stone) in Vers Pont du Gard
The village, which revels in its stone, has kept all its small shops and businesses and traditional crafts and is full of life throughout the year.
Strolling its little lanes, some of them cobblestoned, you will discover the Clock Tower, a vestige of the medieval wall, the church and its murals, statuary and paintings. The market in Vers takes place on Saturday mornings on the Place des Platanes.
Many springs supply the village with water and the main ones gave birth to three remarkable washhouses built in the 19th century, the Grand Font (1882), the Font d'Izière and the Misserand, in addition to the frog fountain .
Near the village:
- the Pont du Gard, situated 4 kilometres from the village and listed as a World Heritage Site, as well as many remaining parts of the aqueduct. Several hiking trails leave from the village for a beautiful walk to the Pont du Gard.
- the quarries of Vers-Pont-du-Gard
The Pierre de Vers nature trail, which leaves from the Maison de la Pierre, is a circuit of a few kilometres that lets you discover the history of the stone of Vers and leads you to the quarries that are still in operation.
- the Château de St-Privat, situated by the untamed gorges of the Gardon on the site of the Pont du Gard itself. Open to the public for part of the year, you can visit the inner courtyard and five rooms decorated with period furniture while on the guided tour. The park, filled with hundred-year-old trees, has a French-style garden with fountains, ponds and statues and an English-style garden.
Crossing the scrub land surrounding the village, you will see many dry-stone cabins built by farmers looking for new farmlands in the 18th and 19th centuries. They were used as shelter and also to store the tools and equipment.