Les Baux de Provence
Department: Bouches du Rhône (13)
Region: Provence Alpes Côte d'Azur

one of the most beautiful villages in france

A ruined castle and deserted houses – Les Baux de Provence – stand bleakly on a rocky spur that plunges abruptly into steep-sided ravines. The village looks impregnable, and one of the finest settings in Provence. Today, it is a hugely popular tourist destination.

As a world-famous location, and a place steeped in regional memories, Les Baux de Provence combines its outstanding medieval and Renaissance heritage with a sense of hospitality and a wealth of culture. It is one of the many 'Most Beautiful Villages of France'.

Les Baux de Provence provides a panoramic view down over Arles and the Camargue. It has been patiently restored and enjoys an historical and architecture heritage consisting of 22 listed buildings. 

This is a place steeped in history. The castle, is a reminder of medieval times, the Romanesque and Renaissance Saint Vincent's Church, has beautiful stained-glass, the Renaissance Window Post Tenebras Lux is a reminder of the Huguenot influence in the 16th century; private mansions built in the 16th and 17th centuries are now art galleries and museums, among them the Musée Yves Brayer and Musée de Santons, and there is the Town Hall housed in the former private residence known as the Hôtel de Manville.


A walk through the streets of Les Baux is a memorable and atmospheric experience, and you should allow at least an hour for this, and be sure to visit the chateau. Better still would be to spend a night or two in one of the guest houses and hotels that are available.

This is a setting you will never forget, but it will be all the more memorable if you visit early in the day, or as late as possible, when it will be less crowded.


St Rémy de Provence, a beautiful town that characterises inland Provence with streets lined by plane trees, and charming alleyways and buildings. On the way, you'll pass Les Antiques at Glanum, the best preserved Roman mausoleum in France, and dating from 1C BCE.


Maison du Roy, 13520 Les Baux-de-Provence
Tel: 04 90 54 34 39

Comité Départemental du Tourisme des Bouches du Rhône
Le Montesquieu, 13 rue Roux de Brignoles, 13006 Marseille

Tel: 04 91 13 84 13

getting there

By car
From Avignon: A7 motorway, exit No. 24 (Avignon Sud); via Noves and Saint-Rémy de Provence.
From Marseille: A7 motorway direction Lyon - A54 motorway direction Arles, exit No. 11 (Saint Martin de Crau - Via Mausssane les Alpilles).
From Nîmes: A9 motorway - A54 motorway, Arles exit No. 7 (Via Fontvieille).

Nîmes Arles Camargue: 36km
Marseille Provence: 70km
Avignon « Cheval Blanc »: 28km
Nice Côte d'Azur: 245km

By rail
Avignon gare TGV (2h40  from Paris)
Arles (20 km)

Village car park €5 per day; Car park below village €4 per day (€5 in July and August). All car parks fill up quickly during the summer months.

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