•Gard (30700) • Population: 1,052 • Altitude: 120 m
St Siffret is a pretty little village at the foot of the low hills east of Uzès in the Gard. The ancient, but well-restored Medieval streets wind (and climb) between Medieval houses (also well restored), stone walls, picturesque stone steps and vaulted passages.
St Siffret has two chateaux, including one that was a Commanderie of the Knights Templars. Neither castle is open for visits.
There are a lot of interesting historical sites to see by wandering the streets to explore the village. A tall, 19th-c, square clock-tower up on the Place de la Danse is topped with a small but ornate campanile.
The village center of St Siffret is the Place de l'Ecole, where the village school used to be. A small and very pleasant park is located just below (down some steps) the center, with shady trees, benches and and ancient covered well.
The village unfortunately lacks a real café, bakery, or any other village commerce, so there's no café-croissant type focus for St Siffret. Now, the school is a very good resturant, with a café that's open during normal restaurant hours.
The residential area of St Siffret is on the hilltop to the south of the village (St Siffret Map). The local grocery store, bread shop is the Epicerie, in the residential area on the road towards St Maximin.
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A local 2-hour hike described in the Gardois, Collines et Vignobles autour d'Uzès map loops from the village center, up via Les Crêtes, to the stadium/tennis and back down. At the stadium/tennis area there are many forestry roads out into the garrigue, good for hiking, wildflowers, and views of the Gardon valley.
Another nice hiking area begins near the village "Epicerie" (grocery store) on the Route de St Maximin. From there follow the Route du Plan that goes west, past a housing "lotissement" towards the Table d'Orientation (panorama table). From the panorama table area is a nice view of Uzès. Half way out the Route du Plan you'll find a signboard for the Sentier des Capitelles of Saint Siffret.
Transportation Saint Siffret
The nearest bus transportation is in Uzès, where there are buses to Nîmes and to Avignon.
The Avignon TGV railway station is about 45 minutes away by road.
The Nîmes TGV-SNCF railway station is about 35 minutes away, except for difficult town traffic and more difficult parking.
Department 30, Gard Buses
- See Beyond's Gard Department Bus Schedules for Gard bus-lines maps and bus-line schedules (Horaires).
Maps (Plans) for the Gard bus lines are on the www.edgard.fr website, with a flash webpage for each of five zones around Nîmes (www.edgard-transport.fr/plan/?rub_code=5).
Schedules for the Gard bus lines are available via the www.edgard.fr website horaires page (www.edgard-transport.fr/horaires/?rub_code=23).