Ales town guide
Situated on the Route National 106 from Clement Ferrand, Ales is the second city of the Pays du Gard. Despite its having been a coal mining town until 1986, hire car drivers and their passengers will find Ales a delightful southern French town. It is far enough away from the coast to enjoy the languid atmosphere of this area. It is a great place to sit over a cold drink or a coffee and plan your day's activity. Just be careful that you do not linger so long that the day is gone!
You will probably be within sight of the River Gard and this might give you an idea for how to spend your day. Canoeing, rafting, fishing swimming and boating are all available. You can walk a riverside path or use your hire car and a map to follow the river through some of the delightful smaller villages of the Pays du Gard.
Ales also acts as a gateway to the Parc National des Cevennes which is a large nature reserve. The Tourist information office will supply you with leaflets etc. suggesting ways of enjoying the park. Of course if all else fails you can explore some of the vineyards, try the Pays du Gard wine and buy some to take home.