Les Baux de Provence

After the Olive Farm we headed to Les Baux de Provence.  Our coach slowly wound its way up to the parking area.  There was a short walk from the parking area to the Village, where many restaurants, cafe’s and souvenir shops along the little cobblestone roads.

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The view from the coach as we approached Les Baux de Provence

 

The village of the Les Baux de Provence is a very picturesque Medieval village at a fortified rocky plateau 245m high.  Its situated between Arles and St Remy-de-Provence.  Les Baux is well worth visiting for the ancient village, the extensive fortified Château area, the magnificent setting, the views and the museums.

It is a must see.  If you’re in Provence then do not miss visiting this amazing place.

Its only 15km from Arles and 25kms from Avignon.

The village has no cars, so you can wander anywhere without fear of having to jump out-of-the-way.   Reportedly over one and half million tourists visit Les Baux de Provence every year.

 

The name “baux” means a prominent cliff  but has become more well-known for the bauxite named after this region. Bauxite was first discovered in the Alpilles, and named after the village of Baux-de-Provence.

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What an amazing view at the top
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What a glorious view!
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The map of Les Baux de Provence
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View from the top overlooking Provence
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The Catapult

 

Back in Medieval times, the amazing views that we see today were used to keep a look out for invaders.  It was a stronghold for the Baux Wars and the Wars of Religion.

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Anyone for lunch?
Some of the wares sold in the shops
Anyone for a spoon or fork?
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Souvenirs from Provence
Little narrow laneways
Its amazing what you find when you go off the beaten track
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Little restaurants and cafes everywhere

When you look at any page on line about this amazing village is the same as what we thought “its one of the most beautiful villages in Provence. ”

 

The village is rich in heritage with over 22 historical monuments, such as the church, town hall, Château, hospital, houses even the doorways.

At the top we were greeted by these strange sculptures.  I have tried to find out information on them but I am unable to find anything.  If any of my readers can enlighten me I would be most thankful.

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strange sculptures at the top of Les Baux de Provence.

 

So if your ever in Provence do not miss out on visiting this amazing place.  I wish we had more time to explore more of the village.  Our coach was waiting to take us back to the ship for lunch and then we were off to explore Arles.

Words were hard for me on this post as its such a beautiful and amazing place that I felt pictures would be better to capture how wonderful it is.  I hope to get back there again one day to explore more.  Perhaps a glass of wine in one of the many cafes and restaurants.  I hope this has inspired you to visit this beautiful village or perhaps you have already been.

 

To be continued:

Next an afternoon in Arles.

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8 Replies to “Les Baux de Provence”

  1. Mike and I went to St Remy de Provence quite a few years ago.
    It was market day and the produce was amazing.
    I love this part of the world.
    So happy that you did too

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  2. I love this gorgeous French village. We visited Les Baux and I absolutely loved it. I loved the narrow cobblestone streets that wound their way to the top of the castle that were lined with souvenir shops and cafes. As for those strange sculptors, I don’t remember seeing those there, they maybe a seasonal feature. Your post bought back great memories Bree. 🙂

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