- Location: Located in Bouches-du-Rhí´ne department in southern France.
- Attraction Type: Village.
- Significance: This place is known for its amazing natural beauty. It is also considered as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
- Best time to Visit: Can be visited throughout the year, but whenever you visit, reach there in the early morning, within 9 a.m.
- How to Reach: From Avignon (around 30 km away), take A7 motorway. From Marseille (around 80 km away), take the A7 motorway in the direction of Lyon as well as A54 motorway in the direction of Arles. From Nimes (around 250 km away), take A9 motorway.
- Nearest Airport: Avignon — Caumont Airport (AVN).
It is the amazing position of the place that has earned a special reputation as a popular tourist attraction in France. Nestled in the Alpilles mountains, on a rocky outcrop with a ruined castle overlooking the plains at the top — Les Baux-de-Provence is extremely picturesque, bundled with royal history. And it is the natural beauty of this small French village that attracts thousands of tourists from all parts of the world every year.
Located in Bouches-du-Rhí´ne department in southern France, Les Baux-de-Provence is also the village where the aluminum ore Bauxite was discovered first in 1821 and hence it gave its name to the aluminum ore. Besides its natural beauty, the rich history of the place that dates back to prehistoric times just added some for the color to the attraction of Les Baux-de-Provence. Later, it was Raymond Thuillier who opened the celebrated Oustau de Baumanií¨re — an ambassador for gourmet cuisine and made the village internationally famous in the following days. Currently, Les Baux-de-Provence is considered as one of the most beautiful villages in France.
Visiting Les Baux-de-Provence
While in Les Baux-de-Provence, you are on the lap of the beautiful nature. It is a sheer pleasure for any traveler to explore the beauty of the village. The varied form of nature here is what that would attract your attention the most. On one hand, you will find a rock in most of the southern part of the Alpilles, while on the other hand, there is a dense forest in the northern slopes. The incredible rock formations in the Alpilles are some of the biggest attractions of Les Baux-de-Provence.
The village of Les Baux-de-Provence is full of narrow cobblestone streets, souvenir shops, and terrace cafíés. If you are coming down here by car, you need to park your car along the road at the cost of 20F. Though the village itself has its own culture and charm, however, the real glory of the village can be viewed from the exterior.
Chateau-Fortress: It is one of the biggest attractions in Les Baux-de-Provence. It is located on top of the rocky pinnacle. The ruins of the fortified castle are surely going to enthrall you. The chateau-fortress complex is well documented in English and French as well.
Besides these, while in Les Baux-de-Provence, you should also visit the other attractions like Baux History Museum, Cathíédral d’Images, City of the Dead, Foundation Museum Louis Jou, Modern Art Museum, Olive Trees Museum, Paintings Museum, Píénitents Blancs, Saint-Vincent Church, Santons Museum, and Yves Brayer Museum, etc.
While in Les Baux-de-Provence, you will find a number of hotels for all sorts of travelers. Some of the Les Baux-de-Provence hotels can be listed as below:
ROUSSEAU DE BAUMANIERE
Relais & Chí¢teaux
Vallon de la Fontaine
13520 LES BAUX DE PROVENCE
Tel: 33 (0)4 90 54 33 07
Fax: 33 (0)4 90 54 40 46
LE MAS D’AIGRET
Marieke et Eric VALETTE
Col de la Vayí¨de
13520 LES BAUX DE PROVENCE
Tel: 33 (0)4 90 54 20 00
Fax: 33 (0)4 90 54 44 00