Les Baux-de-Provence Travel Guide

  • Approaching Le Baux
    Approaching Le Baux
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  • Lunch with perspective
    Lunch with perspective
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  • One of the streets
    One of the streets
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Les Baux-de-Provence Things to Do

  • The Castle

    Standing in the top of the hill, this ruined structure includes several buildings from different epochs. There is a audio guided visit in six languages, but we skipped it.

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  • Strolling in the streets

    The village is small, so it's easy to visit, walking along the narrow and steep streets, and watching the integration of the houses with the rocks.

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  • Cathedral

    I liked very much the cathedral in Le Baux. There is also a nice view from the terrace next to it. Do not miss both.

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  • Art in a Quarry

    Les Carrieres de Lumieres is art - sound and light show - in an old abandoned quarry, not far from Les Baux de Provence. . They change the exhibit every so often. When I was there they were projecting art on the walls of the quarry and playing classical music. When I heard about this I thought it sounded hokey but I fell in love with it and did not...

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  • Chapels Near South End of the Cliff

    On another part of the hill there stands the walls of a Chapel of St. Blaise and next to it another of St. Claude, both n a flat place near the southern edge of the large rocky promontory.

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  • Visit the Hotel de Manville

    Part of the Hotel de Manville still stands and is used as the Hotel de Ville and is also used for other activities. Several rooms have been made into a modern art museum. Immediately beyond the hotel, there are the remains of a Protestant oratory. It consists of the outer wall enclosing a fine Renaissance large window framing sculptural elements....

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  • Coming to Les Baux

    Les Baux sits on the west edge of the Alpilles, 3 km south of Glanum. Almost all of the Alpilles chain stretches east from here for 11 miles (an area southwest of the Luberon). The walls of the Alpilles are almost white and are not very tall. This area was used by van Gogh in several great paintings. From inside the town one can look out into a...

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  • See the Maison des Porcelets

    The simple facade of the Maison des Porcelets is intact near the church, as is an adjacent small domed tower. Along the main street and nearby are many shops of varying quality.

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  • Look In the White Penitents' Chapel

    The chapel is close to the edge of the cliff on the east. It is a plain structure with a a small belfry and minimal carved decoration. Inside the chapel has bee covered with recent frescos of surrounding the Birth of Jesus by Yves Breyer.

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  • Inside St. Vincent's Church

    The inside of St. Vincent's is dark and aside from a few adornments nothing remains. In the depth along one wall is a tomb of a knight from the 15C. In the back wall is an ancient small heraldic shield and nearby is a small statue of St. Francis with raised arms. A recent fine window by Max Ingrand completes the items to see.

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  • See the Church of St. Vincent

    The facade of St. Vincent is a plain Romanesque building with unadorned arcading. It sits in a small square. The unside is dimly lit. Much of the vertical deeper wall is modifying of the surface of the cliff. Adjacent to the north of the church is a campanile whose belfry is completed above by a rising pointed top.

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  • Looking over the villages from vilalge...

    It is a fantastic view you can have over the small villages surround the Fort village of Baux town which stand of the top of the rocky hill.

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  • Baux village

    It is a pleasant and interesting experience to walk up through the narrow pavements of the Baux village. You will be surrounded by interesting houses, streets, monuments and artisan shops. Stop and have a coffee in onw of the terrace coffee shops - you can see a magnificent village view below.

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  • Fortified City Falls to Canon

    «No one passes through Les Baux without a sense of true nostalgia, for here, more than anywhere else, the labours of time show what becomes of the most ambitious undertakings: ruined walls and breaches onto the void. The stones of man’s proud constructions devoured by the sun and wind. Only traces remain of their ambition, fears and...

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  • Climb through the ruins

    The ruins are fascinating both because of their very specific setting on the reef of the Alpilles and because of the interesting traces of millenia of history of this place you can find. It is rather nice and free of charge to wander around in the village with its few hundreds of inhabitants which is built into and sitting partly on some of the...

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  • Climb up and down through the vineyards

    That is what you most probably will do when in Les Baux. The place is very crowded under daytime but Lothar told me that it is almost empty in the morning. But for this he was camping very close to the place.

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  • The Castle of Les Baux de Provence

    This was not on my list of "to do's" but travelling with a teenager really took one to different places! This is a definite to do! but in order to fully appreciate what you are actually seeing, I would advise to hire the handset! In fact, hire handsets on any tours if travelling with a teenager!

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  • The Castle of Les Baux de Provence

    This was not on my list of "to do's" but travelling with a teenager really took one to different places! This is a definite to do! but in order to fully appreciate what you are actually seeing, I would advise to hire the handset! In fact, hire handsets on any tours if travelling with a teenager!

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Les Baux-de-Provence Hotels

Les Baux-de-Provence Restaurants

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    by hquittner Written Apr 12, 2011

    We were not able to gettable for lunch or a room at the Oustau de Baumaniere but they were able to give us a table for lunch (but not a room for the night) at their other venue, La Cabro d'Or. Since we could not compare the two restaurants, all we can say is that it was the perfect lunch. It was so long ago that I can no longer remember our menu. It was summer and we sat on their long porch, al fresco. All that I have left are pictures of the place to park and the beautiful garden.

    Garden of the Cabro d'Or Garage (Note the Alpilles Just Behind It)
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Les Baux-de-Provence Transportation

  • by brenns Written May 20, 2006

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    I was in St Remy de Provence in May. Hoping that I might get some help in getting to Les Baux, I went to the local tourist office. Unfortunately, they told me that buses only run to Les Baux in July and that the only way for me to get there is by taxi. Round trip to Les Baux costs 30 Euros. As a single traveller, I find it quite expensive. Either try to taxi-pool or join a tour there as it is better value and includes transportation.

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Les Baux-de-Provence Shopping

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    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    The main local business seems to be... herbs. Aromatic herbs and tea are sold everywhere, thus, the prices should be very convenient.

    However, shopping is not my speciality...

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Les Baux-de-Provence Tourist Traps

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    by Chickytrick Written Nov 4, 2013

    I am not sure if this is a trap. At least it is not serious.

    When you enter the village you see a couple of restaurants overcrowded with a line of other people to be seated. It gives an impression that these are the only two places where you can have lunch, that's why everybody is here. We were very hungry and I got ready to wait long. While I was standing my husband went to check if there was any life further in the street :) That was a clever decision!

    There is no need at all to line up. Just go further, there are a lot more nice places where you can have a nice meal and a gorgeous view.

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Les Baux-de-Provence Off The Beaten Path

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    by solopes Updated Dec 23, 2013

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    Agriculture in such a rocky soil must be hard, but the way they carefully cultivate around the rocks makes us believe that most of the sold herbs are local production.

    Maybe a closed economy, in a secluded village.

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Les Baux-de-Provence Favorites

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    by grandmaR Updated Apr 21, 2008

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    Favorite thing: I was interested in Les Baux because bauxite, the ore from which aluminum was extracted was discovered here in 1822 by the geologist Pierre Berthier (who named it for the city). Charles Martin Hall invented a process to extract aluminum from bauxite at Oberlin in Ohio in 1886. That's where I went to school and we had an aluminum statue of Charles Martin Hall in the vestibule of our Chemistry building.

    Unfortunately for France, the ore has been completely worked out; France now imports most of its bauxite from west Africa although they might still have been mining it when we were there in 1964

    Fondest memory: I was told that Dante wrote his description of Hell based on the twists and turns of the rocks in the landscape of Les Baux. Other artists and writers have also viewed the fantastic landscape and subsequently written or painted works where this landscape has figured. They include

    ARTISTS
    Yves Brayer
    Antoine Serra
    Van Gogh

    WRITERS
    Marie Mauron
    Frédéric Mistral
    André Suarès

    ENGRAVER
    Louis Jou

    Dante's Landscape Rocks from the parking lot ruins
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