Château des Baux

Les Baux de Provence - Monument

The site of the Château des Baux, overlooking the village and perched on the top part of the rock, extends over more than seven hectares; it is one of the most extraordinary sites in France and is protected as a national Historic Monument. Visitors can discover the main vestiges of the Château's tumultuous past. A series of 24 illustrations allows visitors to discover the Château as it was in the Middle Ages. The illustrations bring the different parts of the building back to life, just like a large history book. Twenty-seven panels explaining local history and geography punctuate the visitor's route. Viewpoint indicators supplement this information and allow visitors to make out the key sites of Provence and Camargue, this exceptional landscape which unfurls at the foot of the château. Audio-guides tracing the history of the château relate the past of Provence and take you on a journey back to the time of the Knights, rebel lords, wars, tournaments and lonely damsels. Mediaeval music is played under the château vaults and it is possible to hear the voices of the warriors and the laughter of the banquets. These audio-guides are available in six languages (French, English, German, Italian, Dutch, Spanish, Japanese, Russian, Chinese and Portuguese) and are given to each visitor free of charge so they are completely free to move around the château at their own pace. The keep is the most representative vestige of this military architecture. Rooted to the rock since the late 12th century, it seems to be the last rampart of this impregnable fortress. Decorative remains adorn the high walls, with sculpted and decorated bases showing Saint Michael overcoming the dragon and the griffin. The base stone of the keep supports a Gallo-Roman votive stele; the mysterious reliefs of the Trémaïe (or the Three Marys), where the faithful believed they saw the effigies of the Virgin, Mary Jacobe and Mary Salome.

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Where to stay

La Ripaille
Hotel

La Ripaille

Fontvieille

Establishment of Provençal style located in the countryside between the villages of Baux de Provence and Fontvieille. In summer, dining on terrace. Custom half rooms with a balcony. Restaurant: culinary specialities: traditional and Provencal cuisine.

Le Castillon des Baux
Hotel

Le Castillon des Baux

Maussane les Alpilles

In a charming hotel, high up in the village of Maussane les Alpilles, near Les Baux de Provence. Enjoy the quiet garden with pine trees, olive trees and lavender then relax at the swimming pool. The garden-side rooms generally have a terrace or balcony where you can enjoy a beautiful view of the…

La Part des Anges
B&B

La Part des Anges

Le Paradou

Beautifully situated in the small village of le Paradou, South des Baux de Provence and West of Maussane les Alpilles, the mas overlooks very beautiful garden, providing a soothing coolness during the summer season.Include a terrace sheltered by a gazebo overlooking a summer dining room near…

La Glycine
Holiday rental

La Glycine

Fontvieille

Independent gite in the wild, green and calm Baux de Provence foothills, on a 2-hectare countryside property with farm animals, 4 other gites available nearby, a secure area for all vehicles. Gd floor : Kitchen/living room/nook. 1 double bedroom. 1 bedroom with 4 single beds included bunkbed.…

Mas de la Coix d'Arles
B&B

Mas de la Coix d'Arles

Saint Rémy de Provence

2 guest rooms for 4 people, 800m from the centre of Saint Rémy de Provence. Facing due south on the ground floor with a breathtaking view over the Alpilles in the quiet with pool.

La Maison des Baux Arts
B&B

La Maison des Baux Arts

Maussane les Alpilles

An authentic Mas from the 18th century, the old Perception of Maussane-les-Alpilles, with its garden, its swimming pool have been renovated with taste and character to become a bed and breakfast in the centre of the village.Roland painter, has ensured and cared for the decoration of the House, 5…

Du Côté des Olivades
Hotel

Du Côté des Olivades

Le Paradou

Located in the heart of an olive grove, "Du Côté des Olivades" is built in the middle of nature, in an ocean of unique luminosity. Saturated with light and shade, it is a charming hotel at the foot of Les Baux de Provence and close to an authentic Provençal village where you can discover all…

La Reine Jeanne
Hotel

La Reine Jeanne

Les Baux de Provence

Charming hotel overlooking the Val d'Enfer and Medieval Chateau. Panoramic restaurant, lounge with historic fireplace, terrace. Provençal and traditional cuisine prepared with regional products. Groups catered for.

Mme Siffrène Reynaud
B&B

Mme Siffrène Reynaud

Maussane les Alpilles

Guest room in an 18th century Provençal Mas.

Things to do

Mas de la Dame
Olive

Mas de la Dame

Les Baux de Provence

The Mas de la Dame, with a surface area of 57 hectares of vines and 27 of olive groves, is legendary as it is said to have been the retirement home of a mysterious 'Lady' whom the troubadours used to sing about. Mme Missoffe and Mme Poniatowski reign supreme in this 15th century site immortalised…

L'Atelier des curiosités
Fashion

L'Atelier des curiosités

Les Baux de Provence

Une petite boutique qui, comme son nom l'indique, regorge d'objets qui éveillent la curiosité. Beaucoup sont issus de l'artisanat local comme ces magnifiques fusettes de lavande galonnées fabriquées à l'ancienne, ces bougies camarguaises en cire de riz et ces bijoux marseillais Bourbon de…

G.Tomaka - Mas de l'Aiguillon
Producer

G.Tomaka - Mas de l'Aiguillon

Maussane les Alpilles

Direct sales of produce: raw honey (acacia, chestnut, rosemary and lavender) and mixed-flower honey. Also, sale of products derived from bees, such as candles, mead, Royal jelly and sweets). A renovated old machine is on display in the sales area.

De Maussane aux Baux-de-Provence
Walk

De Maussane aux Baux-de-Provence

Maussane les Alpilles, Les Baux de Provence

Hiking in the heart of the Regional Natural Park of Alpilles, Maussane-les-Alpilles initially. This loop goes borrows the outskirts of the village of les Baux-de-Provence and Paradou. In this country circuit, you will discover the cultures of olive trees classified in AOC, multiple channels for…

Mendes-Ruiz Tapissier
Craftsman

Mendes-Ruiz Tapissier

Maussane les Alpilles

Mendes-Ruiz sont des tapissiers qui utilisent des matières premières choisies selon des critères stricts en accord avec les traditions, la vie des meubles et l’environnement, tout en restant en veille technologique. L’atelier privilégie l’emploi de matières naturelles quand elles…

Le Verger des Baux
Olive

Le Verger des Baux

Maussane les Alpilles

Hubert et Olivier, producteurs oléicoles, élaborent à partir d'olives récoltées, une huile AOC de type fruité noir de façon traditionnelle (meule en pierre et presse à l'ancienne), une purée d'olives noires Grossanes, ainsi que deux sortes d'olives de tables les olives cassées à…

Création de bijoux d'argent
Fashion

Création de bijoux d'argent

Les Baux de Provence

Depuis 50 ans, Jacques Moniquet fabrique des bijoux en argent. Ses créations sont le produit de la technique précise du forgeron, associées à l' imaginaire toujours renouvelé de l'artiste. Le résultat est une oeuvre intemporelle, limpide et forte. L'artisan construit son objet sachant la…

Eglise Saint Vincent
Monument

Eglise Saint Vincent

Les Baux de Provence

The old village had three churches: Saint-André in the La Fontaine Valley, the first parish church, abandoned in 1481 and since disappeared; Notre Dame du Château or Sainte-Catherine Chapel (12th-16th centuries), the castle chapel in the citadel enclosure, and Saint-Vincent Church, the former…

Baux couteaux
Souvenirs

Baux couteaux

Les Baux de Provence

Cadeau original ? Collection à compléter ? Coup de oeur ? Souvenir de visite ? Fort du succès de son atelier installé en Corrèze, la coutellerie est présente au village pour promouvoir son modèle déposé L'Occitan. Elégant, il est décliné en différents aciers, aux manches…

Where to eat

Hostellerie des Magnanarelles
Cuisine de Provence

Hostellerie des Magnanarelles

Maussane les Alpilles

This welcoming hotel-restaurant, with its blue shutters and pool lined with olive trees, smacks of holidays in the South of France. The culinary vein is the same, with Provencal specialities served on immaculate white tablecloths in the cosy dining room. By the way, in Provencal dialect a…

Le Bistrot du Paradou
Food guide restaurant

Le Bistrot du Paradou

Le Paradou

Culinary specialities: all Provençal recipes.

L' Oustaloun
Food guide restaurant

L' Oustaloun

Maussane les Alpilles

We love the cosy look of this "little house" ("oustaloun" in Provencal) - a two-star hotel with a ground floor restaurant decorated with bric-a-brac, tucked under the ancient stone arches of a 16th-century abbey. Chef Jérôme Sauton's Provencal cuisine has a special fondness for the Alpilles…

Bistrot de la Petite France
Food guide restaurant

Bistrot de la Petite France

Le Paradou

Set against Paradou church, this gastronomic bistro was born out of a partnership between Swiss chef Nathalie Feurer and sommelier Jean-Baptiste Gérard from the illustrious Auberge de Noves. The service is professional and the food is mature and made exclusively with fresh, seasonal produce. The…

Du Côté des Olivades
Food guide restaurant

Du Côté des Olivades

Le Paradou

At the restaurant des olivades Chief Nancy Bourguignon performs with talent a fancy kitchen where premium flavor and quality of the product.She surrounds herself small producers who book him their best season products. Meat of the Alpilles, line fish, vegetables from Provence, cooking are fair…

La Reine Jeanne
Food guide restaurant

La Reine Jeanne

Les Baux de Provence

The site is magical: a hotel-restaurant in the heart of Les Baux-de-Provence, an amazing fortress town, clinging acrobat-like to a rock. And the dining room does indeed offer stunning views over the rocky chaos of the infamous "Valley of Hell". You can drink it all in while enjoying some good…

La Cabro d'Or
Food guide restaurant

La Cabro d'Or

Les Baux de Provence

The Cabro d’Or is one of the Relais & Châteaux, which are still as good as ever. You will enjoy the informal luxury of this property nestled under the rugged rocks of Les Baux de Provence. Take a break, pamper yourself and enjoy the gastronomy surrounding by the cicadas. Chef Michel Hulin will…

Le clos saint roch
Food guide restaurant

Le clos saint roch

Maussane les Alpilles

Nestled around a pretty courtyard, you are will be greeted with ease by its owners, Emmanuel and Nathalie Billaud

Oustau de Baumanière
Food guide restaurant

Oustau de Baumanière

Les Baux de Provence

A luxurious den filled with contrasts between the famed haute cuisine of the family business, passed down by the grandfather of Jean-André Charial (the current owner), and the rugged limestone landscape known as “Hell's Valley”: On the valley floor, amid a thick screen of vegetation, the old…

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