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Bagnols-sur-Cèze, Provence, France

Bagnols-sur-Cèze is a quite large town located north-west of Avignon, near the Gorges de l'Ardèche, 10 km east of Roque-sur-Cèze and the Sautadet waterfalls. In the size, it is the third toqn in the Gard region, having its origins in ancient times, when it was inhabited by Celtic people maintaining close contacts with the Greeks of Marseille. Here was also built a Roman road leading from Nîmes to Alba-la-Romaine.

Parking in Bagnols-sur-Cèze

We park in the large parking lot (P; GPS: 44.161476, 4.622280), located near Rue Fernand Crémieux, which we will use to move to the center of the old town. The parking lot is paid. The parking ticket should be purchased in the parking meter.

Strolling Bagnols-sur-Cèze

The entrance to the parking lot is located just next the Bertin Boissin square, which in turn bounds by the entrance to the Rue Fernand Crémieux (A; GPS: 44.161844, 4.622208), leading to the market square. The street is about 150 meters long, and walking it we pass interestingly decorated tenement houses. Particularly interesting are the large wooden paintings depicting various kinds of fictional shops. Perhaps in the past, in those places were located such real things.

We reach the center of the town which is also the main square: it's the Place Auguste Mallet (B; GPS: 44.162072, 4.619864). In the Middle Ages it was the place where the fairs took place. On the square, in the beautiful hôtel Madier, the mayor's residence is located. On the other side of the square we can see the clock tower. Along the square, a longitudinal fountain was built at the center. There are also restaurants and cafes where you can sit and relax.

Going further west the Rue de l'Horloge we pass already mentioned clock tower from the beginning of the 14th century (C; GPS: 44.162361, 4.619029). Then we come back to the Rue de la République, which is quite long, heading north. We adore lovely tenement houses and the church of Saint-Jean-Baptiste from 11th century (D; GPS: 44.162534, 4.620173). We walk narrow streets of old town and then return back to the parking lot.

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