Les Baux-de-Provence
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Les Baux-de-Provence

You wish to visit Southern France? Discover Les Baux-de-Provence, a picturesque village in the Bouches-du-Rhône. You will appreciate the authenticity and charm of a small village typical of the Alpilles massif. Do you want to go green, far from the excessive animation of the big cities? During your stay, the village of Les Baux-de-Provence will offer you the calm you are looking for.

Do you take advantage of your stay to try out new and nature-related activities? Rent your mountain bike or bicycle on site, put on your rucksack and explore the paths of the Alpilles massif. Depending on your wishes, you will also have the opportunity to try out many other activities in the Bouches-du-Rhône. You can also visit the region during a horse riding excursion, or experience an introduction to rock climbing. In the Val d’Enfer lurks the legendary golden goat, keeper of a fabulous treasure.

Influenced by the other Mediterranean countries, benefiting from a generous climate, the local culinary tradition is a real tourist attraction.

During your vacation, treat yourself to a gourmet experience by visiting a local market. You will be able to meet the producers of the Alpilles Massif and taste fruits, vegetables, honey, sweets and various other specialties produced locally.  The olive oil of Les-Beaux-de-Provence is particularly renowned.

For centuries, people have contributed to the beauty of the Alpilles massif: churches, museums, castles and fountains are all open to visitors.

Get in touch with the Tourist Office to organise your stay. Would you like to stay in the Bouches-du-Rhône? Discover a selection of accommodation to spend your stay in the Bouches-du-Rhône: guest rooms, campsites, hotels…

The castle of Les Baux-de-Provence

Built on top of cliffs, the castle was one of the most powerful fortresses in Provence in the Middle Ages. The visit allows you to discover the impressive ruins. A path has been laid out to safely climb the remains of the 13th century keep, and enjoy a 360 degree view of the Alpilles countryside. The troglodyte houses used to form a neighbourhood, with its villagers, shopkeepers… You can walk through the caves. Many other discoveries await you!

Animations allow you to relive the daily life of the castle’s inhabitants. Demonstrations of medieval weapons will appeal to children and parents alike!

The most beautiful villages of France

The village of Les Baux-de-Provence, dominated by the ruins of a castle whose walls melt into the white limestone rock, benefits from the label Plus beaux villages de France. Numerous stores and restaurants await you in this very touristic village, whose main street leads to the castle, which can be visited and which hosts many events in the summer.

The streets are lined with old houses. You can find souvenir shops, ice cream vendors and restaurants.

Les Alpilles

Evoking an island between the Durance and Rhône valleys, the Alpilles massif is appreciated for its landscapes and exceptional biodiversity. Since prehistoric times, men have occupied this territory, 30 kilometers long and more than 10 kilometers wide. The Alpilles can often be discovered on foot, on the saddle of a horse or a bicycle. The preserved villages, long turned towards the production of olive oil and wine, now welcome tourists. Some of the most beautiful tourist destinations in the Alpilles, such as the archaeological site of Glanum or the castle of Les Baux-de-Provence, have survived from ancient and medieval times.

Agriculture is still practised. You can find fruit and vegetable growers, and olive farms that produce olive oil that is renowned throughout the world.

Read more : Alpilles Regional Natural Park

Carrières des Lumières

The hills around Les Baux-de-Provence are renowned for their quality stone, used in the construction of houses, bridges and engineering structures. Exploited for centuries, the quarries gave their name in the 19th century to a red stone discovered on site: bauxite. They have been abandoned, and have been used as a set for films. Jean Cocteau shot some scenes from his film Testament of Orpheus here.

They have been converted into an extraordinary tourist attraction. Today, sound and light shows are projected in the underground rooms. The walls, several dozen metres high, replace the screens. Every year, a new show amazes visitors. In 2019, for example, the show was dedicated to Van Gogh. In 2023, the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian will be featured.

Read more : https://www.carrieres-lumieres.com/en/home

Practical information

Would you like to discover Baux-de-Provence for your holidays? We can help you to prepare your stay.

  • Access: The village is situated in the middle of a triangle made up of the towns of Arles, Avignon and Salon-de-Provence.
  • Accommodation : You can find nearby hotels, bed and breakfasts, guest houses, campsites…
  • Nearby tourist attractions: Arena of Arles, Glanum, Montmajour Abbey…
  • Nearby tourist towns: Saint-Remy-de-Provence, Avignon, Arles, Aix-en-Provence, Marseille…
  • Tourist office:  Maison du Roy, Rue Porte Mage, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence. Phone number: (+33)4 90 54 34 39
  • Official website: https://www.lesbauxdeprovence.com/en/tourist-office/

Would you like to settle in the Alpilles? You can buy an old farm or sheepfold, a house, a villa or a flat. Property prices are very high in Les Baux-de-Provence, but can be more affordable in neighbouring villages.