A historic fortified village in unforgettable surroundings.
About the village
Les Baux-de-Provence is a typically Provencal fortified village perched at the top of a rocky out-crop. Simply driving to this village is enough to take your breath away! The main village is pedestrianised, so it’s easy to walk all around the shops and beautiful cobbled streets at leisure. Les-Baux is known to be one of the most beautiful villages in France and certainly lives up to the reputation. From the ancient village to the extensive fortified-chateau area, the magnificent setting, views, and museums each add a unique aspect to the unforgettable experience of staying in this historic area.
Within a short driving distance of St-Rémy-de-Provence and many other beautiful villages, Les-Baux makes a perfect base for exploring the wider area of the Alpilles and beyond. And after a long day of exploring, you can be sure to relax peacefully in the unforgettable surroundings.
Everyday, 9am - 7pm at the citadel.
Standing tall above the village are the stone remains of the great fortress of Les-Baux-de-Provence. Built in the 10th Century, the ruins that still stand offer a glimpse back in time, from Medieval times through to the Golden Ages of Provence.
Until 1633, when King Louis XIII ordered the destruction of the fortress, it was amongst the most impenetrable strongholds in the whole of Europe. Now transformed into an accessible site, where visitors can roam freely over the ramparts, walls, and remains of the dungeons, the castle has become one of the true must-see venues of Provence.
Huge working siege engines, and the largest functional trebuchet in Europe can be found here, with regular demonstrations of their incredible power throughout the summer. Often the castle plays host to Medieval Jousting tournaments, and other period festivities, which the whole family can enjoy.
With such historic value, and incredible views from atop the walls, the Castle of Les-Baux is a sight which simply cannot be missed.
Our top picks for food in Les-Baux:
L’Ousteau de Baumaniere
Style: French, Fine Dining, European, Vegetarian Friendly
La Cabro d’Or
Style: French, European, Gluten Free Options
La Table (Domaine de Manville)
Style: French, Asian
Une Table au Soleil
Style: French, Mediterranean, European
Le Café des Baux
Style: French, European
Must See & Do!
Below we've made a shortlist of our favourite things to do in Les-Baux.
Carrières de Lumières
After exploring the village and castle we suggest you follow the road that leaves Baux-de-Provence from the north towards Maillane (it's not far, an easy walk) to reach les Carrieres de Lumiere. It is an ancient quarry that is now used for regular exhibitions, with artworks projected against the quarry walls and music, a true spectacle of light and sound.
This cute shop has all kinds of local goodies; from lavender sachets to olive oil, local soaps and vibrant herbs to bring back home and remember your time in Provence... until your next visit that is!
La Cure Gourmande
This is a fantastic example of the traditional style biscuit and sweet shop you see in many of the towns through Provence. They sell home made stripy lollipops in a plethora of flavours along with traditional biscuits and the famous Callisons of Aix-en-Provence. A must do for any sweet tooth!