Ready to explore Les Baux-de-Provence? Spend a few days in the Bouches-du Rhône, soaking up the sun and delving into this picturesque village’s fascinating history. As one of France’s 158 most stunning villages, Les Baux is situated on top of the Alpilles massif – follow our guide for all your must-sees during your stay!
If you’re traveling to any nearby cities in Provence or spending more than just a few days in the area, also be sure to check out Winalist’s recommended itineraries for other Provence villages, such as:
What to see in Les Baux-de-Provence
Begin your Baux-de-Provence vacation with a picturesque landscape. Before heading out for your stroll, take into account the weather conditions: Les Baux de Provence experiences infrequent showers.
But even if there are more sunny days than rainy ones, don’t forget to bring something light to cover yourself in case of gusts!
Thanks to its distinct topography and terrain elevation, strong winds often blow through this region throughout much of the year – although it can be an advantage against scorching summer temperatures too!
Castle and Fortress of Baux
If you are a history lover, the main reason that could make you may come to Baux is the ruin of the fortress. Placed in a strategic place, this fortress was the witness of many conquests within it and in its surroundings.
The particular location of Les Baux de Provence has meant that it has been used as a stronghold since the Middle Ages. Indeed, having a 360° unobstructed view could be a good advantage to see potential attacks coming from anywhere.
This quaint town holds a treasure trove of secrets waiting to be discovered! Have you heard of bauxite? It’s a type of ore used mainly for aluminum production, and it was initially identified by renowned chemist Pierre Berthier in 1821 when he examined the region close to Les Baux de Provence. In its early days, this ore earned the moniker “terre d’alumina des Baux”, before transforming into “Beauxite” back in 1847. In 1861, an alteration occurred as one letter was removed from Beuxite – giving us today’s version: “bauxite”.
Globally renowned, the Carrières de Lumières were a source of inspiration for Jean Cocteau when producing his renowned “Testament of Orpheus“. Transformed in 1978, today this spectacular landmark brings to life over 7000 square meters with its captivating displays.
Appreciate the wines of the region
If you are a wine lover or enthusiast, you probably already know this village. Since April 20, 1995, a decree recognizes the quality of the wine produced there, which allows local winegrowers to display the prestigious AOC label on their bottles.
To facilitate the discovery of Baux de Provence wine, some winemakers invite you to view their cellars and partake in tastings. This enables you to gain a better understanding of this region’s production process.
Winalist allows you to find in a few clicks an oenological activity in Provence. Meals, wine tastings, or walks in the vineyards, there is something for everyone.
What to do in Les Baux de Provence
There is also plenty of room to relax, play sports and cultivate yourself with family or friends. Here is a selection of activities in Baux-de-Provence and its surroundings.
If you have never played golf for lack of time or because the opportunity never presented itself, you can very simply hit your first balls here, at the Baux de Provence golf school. Available from 10 years old.
Hike on the Val d’Enfer trail
This hike owes its funny name to the landscapes through which it passes, which very much evoke that of Dante’s inferno. But don’t worry, it’s a rather easy walk that ends in 2h30 and is suitable for beginners with its 6.2km.
If you prefer cycling, there is also a variant of the route planned for mountain bikers. This time, you will have 41 km of travel over 365 m of elevation. You will normally have it for 3h30.
Play a treasure hunt with the kids
What better way for a child (and his parents) to discover Les Baux-de-Provence in a fun way? If you feel like it, you can ask for your first clues at the tourist office. The game is designed in two difficulties: the first, for children from 4 to 6 years old and the second from 7 to 10 years old.
Visit of Baux-de-Provence
You can opt for a visit in the company of a tour guide to reveal all the secrets of every corner, or stroll as you see fit in the streets of Les Baux-de-Provence.
If you prefer to smell all the smells of grapes from the village’s grape varieties, you absolutely must take the pedestrian route to the Mas de Sainte Berthe. This walk is about 1.6km long and takes 30 minutes. A free activity, because access to the path is free.
Relax with a well-deserved massage at Baux’t des sens
After so much effort, why not go relax a bit? Here, you are sure to fall into expert hands who can both free you from all the accumulated stress, and perk you up 100% to be able to continue even more!
From its charming medieval village to its stunning cliffs and breathtaking landscapes, Les Baux de Provence is a must-see destination for travelers in the South of France. With a magnificent array of attractions ranging from historical sites to outdoor activities, there’s something for everyone in this beautiful part of the country. Take some time to explore Les Baux de Provence and enjoy all that this amazing area has to offer!