Baux de Provence

Château des Baux-de-Provence

Château des Baux-de-Provence
Vue aérienne du village et du château des Baux-de-Provence

Discover one of the villages of France which is famous for its heritage and perfect expression of the lifestyle of Provence.

The village of Baux de Provence, perched on a rocky spur, has an incredible rich architectural heritage. Its citadel dominates natural sites of extraordinary beauty. At Baux de Provence, you will find an exceptional decor to relive testimonials of the past,  discover Provencal traditions, to admire artists's works who lived there, and participate in prestigious events. Theses places fulled of history are welcoming thanks to the very old art of receiving from gourmet restaurants and charming hotels. In Provence, the lifestyle touches here the excellence. In all areas, the name Baux became a guarantee of quality. The Vallee des Baux includes two exceptional AOP. Its wines are born from rock and sun, are warm.

 

 

Son huile d’olive est ardente et fruitée. Au cœur du Parc naturel régional des Alpilles, les Baux de Provence appartiennent au club très sélectif des Plus Beaux Villages de France et des Sites Remarquables du Goût. Nul ne peut rester insensible au charme essentiel de ce village Provençal, à ses petites places, ses terrasses ombragées, ses rues étroites et leurs boutiques colorées et accueillantes.

A ne pas manquer: le Château des Baux, les monumentales Carrières de Lumières, le point de vue du Val de l'Enfer sur la route départementale et la ballade du chemin de Tremaïe.

Pour en savoir sur les vins de la vallée des Baux et du Pays d'Arles découvrez notre reportage vidéo "J'ai testé pour vous les vins et vignobles du Pays d'Arles" avec des interviews de Bretrand Malossi coordinateur de l'IGP des Alpilles et Caroline Missoffe, Président de l'AOC Baux de Provence.

Les circuits du territoire

Circuit MP2013 en Pays d'Arles

MP2013 route in Pays d'Arles

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As part of Marseille Provence 2013, a great number of events and several major tourist and cultural sites are marking European Capital of Culture Year in our region. Provence Pays d'Arles is offering an 'MP2013 tourist route', a voyage around the Mediterranean, taking in the region's unmissable sites. This tourist route will be added to and developed throughout 2013.
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Art and culture (9)

  • Musée des Santons des Baux - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Santon Museum contains a large number of items, including exceptional Neapolitan figurines, scenes illustrating Provençal and Les Baux traditions linked to the Nativity and a documentary on the making of santons. The Museum houses a range of collections, including 17th and 18th century Neapolitan figurines, 19th century church santons whose painted papier-maché faces and sulphur glass eyes are the work of the Carmelite Nuns of Avignon and works by the famous santon-makers Carbonnel, Fouque, Jouve, Peyron Campagna, Toussaint, Thérèse Neveu, Louise Berger and Simone Jouglas.

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  • Jacques Moniquet - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery
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    Jacques Moniquet, designer - Blacksmith who creates contemporary hand-made jewellery in solid silver. Every piece is unique. His studio is 800 metres from the village and has been open for forty years; his collections are constantly changing.

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  • Galerie Hôtel de Manville - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery - Art gallery
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    Temporary exhibitions are organised by the commune of Les Baux-de-Provence.

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  • Musée Yves Brayer - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The Museum Yves Brayer occupies one of the most beautiful residences in the centre of the village, the hotel of piglet. It hosts a major retrospective of the work of this painter, very attached to the Mediterranean countries, which include the most representative of the figuration of the 20th century. In his youth, Yves Brayer is attracted by the Spain and the Italy which he expresses with power-specific characters, both oils by gouaches and of monotypes. In 1945, begin his regular stays in Provence, first at Saint - Rémy, and then to leases.

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  • Fondation Louis Jou - Art and culture

    Museums - Museum
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    The most beautiful works of Louis Jou are exhibited in an intimate setting in the six rooms of the Hôtel Renaissance Jean de Brion, amidst the marbles and the many collections of incunabula, old books, engravings by Dürer and Goya, paintings, sculptures and ceramics. Also visit the workshop containing the hand presses of Louis Jou, master typographer, engraver, printer and editor. Louis Jou (1881-1968) was one of the greatest typographers of the century. He was the only one of his peers to design and produce a work completely on his own.

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  • Les Carrières de Lumières aux Baux de Provence

    Cathédrale d'Images - Art and culture

    Museums - Miscellaneous museums
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    In the heart of the Alpilles, the monumental Carrières de Lumières present unique multimedia displays. Every year, a great original show presents the greatest names in Art History. These shows are projected onto the huge 14-metre high walls, the pillars and the floors of the quarry and musically transport visitors into multi-coloured worlds. A new Carrières light show reveals the unique and original nature of this site and displays its mineral beauty.

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  • Galerie-atelier Sola - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery - Art gallery
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    In her studio-gallery in Les Baux de Provence, the artist Marie-Hélène Sola presents 'Fragmentism', the pictorial movement she founded in the early 1990s. A descendent of Cubism, a synthesis of two worlds - abstract and figurative - a dialogue emerging from the use of form and colour, 'Fragmentism' gathers up movement in space that goes beyond the dimensions of the canvas. Sola has chosen to transfer the visitor's attention in order to provide an understanding of an entire composition and its characteristics.

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  • Maison d'artistes - Art and culture

    Artist's studio and art gallery
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    Artists exhibit and sell their work in a 16th century residence. Painters and sculptors in permanent residence: Aleos, Beggit and JF Brahin.

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  • La citerne - Art and culture

    Theatre, cinema, Concerts - Cultural centre and other cultural sites
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    La Citerne is a new performance area dedicated to cultural arts. It opened at the end of 2008 and was partly built in a former water tank used to collect water from the impluvium located near the Château.

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Producteurs, artisans, terroir (4)

  • Santons d'Art J. Peyron-Campagna - Producers, artisan, local

    Artisan - Traditional crib figurines
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    Producer of painted or dressed clay santons of all sizes. Visit the studio and the permanent animated display. Open every day.

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  • Le Mas de la Dame aux Baux-de-Provence

    Mas de la Dame - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Wines
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    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 by Vincent Van Gogh in 1889; it is a pleasant place for tasting A.O.C. Baux-de-Provence and A.O.C. Coteaux d'Aix wines, olive oil and the famous cracked olives with fennel.

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  • Mas Sainte Berthe - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Wines
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    Master David planted his first vines in 1953. The construction of the Mas Sainte Berthe cellar was completed in 1976; the estate could then produce and sell its first vintage. Located at the foot of the Rocher des Baux, this 39-hectare vineyard planted in chalky, clay soil, produces Les Baux de Provence AOC wines of character. The different vintages and the olive oil production are available to taste in the storeroom. If you have a spare half-hour, a signposted walk will take you through the vineyards to discover the vines.

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  • Castelas - Producers, artisan, local

    Producers - Olives - olive oils
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    Our story began in 1997, when we fell in love with some old olive trees, planted in south-facing land in the rocky range of les Alpilles, in the locality of Castelas. Today, Domaine CastelaS produces olives in 45 hectares of Appellation d'Origine Protégée groves in the Vallée des Baux-de-Provence, and in 65 hectares on the Plaine de Crau.

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Restaurants and cafés (13)

  • Fabian des Baux

    Fabian des Baux - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    The chef Ludovic Gallin, together with Jean Castaneda, welcomes you to the restaurant of the Hôtel Le Fabian des Baux.

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  • Auberge du Château - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Attractive restaurant at the top of the village, with troglodyte room and outdoor dining area with patio. Provençal specialities, home-made pasta and pizzas. Groups welcome at affordable prices.

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  • La Reine Jeanne - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Charming hotel overlooking the Val d'Enfer and the Mediaeval Château. Panoramic restaurant, lounge with period fireplace, shady terrace. Traditional Provençal cuisine prepared using regional products. Groups welcome.

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  • Le Mas d'Aigret - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Against the backdrop of the Les Baux Fortress, this former Mas enjoys exceptional views extending from the Alpilles to Camargue. You will overlook Provence from the terrace, whose tables are nestled among the mulberry trees, from its pool, which is illuminated at night, and from the Roches des Baux. All rooms are air conditioned and almost all have their own flower-filled terrace, garden or balcony. Others are semi-troglodyte, like the restaurant, entirely cut into the rock.

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  • Auberge la Benvengudo - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    In an exceptional setting at the foot of the rocks, this charming Provençal bastide with its beautiful olive grove and large pine trees welcomes you for a relaxing stay accompanied by gourmet Provençal cuisine. 20 rooms, 5 suites and 2 very spacious apartments are at your disposal. Simple, refreshing dishes are served at lunchtime on the terrace of the bastide, near the pool. In the evening, for dinner, our young chef serves inventive cuisine prepared with local produce in a pleasant, sophisticated setting and on the terrace with its magnificent view of the Les Baux rock.

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  • Le Jardin des Délices - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Small, very pleasant restaurant in typically Provençal surroundings. Affordable fixed menus with a very varied à la carte menu. All dishes are home-made.

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  • Le Café des Baux

    Le Café des Baux - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Come and discover the Café des Baux in the heart of the village. Whether on the shady terrace or in the dining rooms cut into the rocks, discover the flavours of Provence, with gourmet Provençal salads (tapenade, grilled marinated vegetables, goats' cheese and olive oil). Dish of the day and children's meals. Vallée des Baux wines. Enjoy the pâtisseries and desserts of French dessert-making champion Pierre Walter and the ice creams and cold drinks on the terrace. Tea room and pâtisseries in winter. Restaurant can be hired for private use.

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  • Au Porte Mages - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Restaurant, salads, grilled meats, crêpes, ice creams and drinks. The restaurant terrace invites you into the magnificent tree-lined garden, at the entrance to the village of Les Baux de Provence. Under the olive and cypress trees, you can enjoy our range of salads (warm goats' cheese, tapenade, confit of gizzards, home-made foie gras, chicken livers, etc.), our grilled meats with herbes de Provence and our range of sweet and savoury crêpes or simply discover our range of wines and ice creams. Non-stop service from 11.30 a.m. to 5 p.m. mid-season and from 11.30 a.m. to 9.30 p.m.

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  • La Cabro d'Or - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    In the peace of the valley, in the heart of a magnificent garden. All the flavours of Provence. Restaurant with Provençal culinary specialities such as tuna with citrus fruits.

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  • Les Quentades - Restaurants and cafés

    Restaurant - Restaurant
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    Le Bouchon Rouge is an attractive restaurant that welcomes you to the heart of the historic centre of Les Baux-de-Provence. On the road leading to the Château des Baux, discover this unique place with its pleasant room and warm décor and enjoy its troglodyte room in good weather. Enjoy regional cuisine made with olive oil, including minced bulls' meat with basil, lamb cutlets with caramelised garlic and bream steak in tapenade velouté, punctuated with ice cream made with the flavours of Provence, such as thyme, lavender and fig.

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  • Golf des Baux de Provence - Sport and leisure

    Golf, Minigolf, Tennis - Golf
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    The Baux-de-Provence Golf Course becomes the Domaine de Manville Golf Course and increases from 9 to 18 holes. An environmentally friendly golf course, literally integrated into the landscape of the Les Baux plain, it not only satisfies the constraints of a protected region. Constantly shaped, refined and worked, today it is considered exemplary by the French State in one of the most unspoilt regions.

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Heritage (18)

  • Chapelle Saint Blaise - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    The old Romanesque chapel of Saint Blaise, erected by the weavers' and carders' association in honour of their patron saint, dates back to the 12th century. It became the seat of their Brotherhood in the 18th century. This small chapel now screens a film called 'Provence seen from the Sky', which allows visitors to discover the wonderful places that make Provence unique. To the sounds of Mozart's piano concerto no 21, this new 15-minute film transports you to the most beautiful monuments and landscapes in Provence.

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  • Hôpital de Quiqueran - Heritage

    Other heritage - Hospital (Historical monument)
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    Jeanne de Quiqueran, Lady of Les Baux, was the wife of Honoré des Martins, governor of Les Baux de Provence and successor of Montmorency. Together with her sister, she built Quiqueran hospital between 1542 and 1583 in the upper part of town, near the old Saint Blaise Chapel. The hospital cared for ordinary patients, while Saint-André hospital, in the Valley, was transformed into a leprosarium. It was later renamed 'Hôtel Dieu et Charité des Baux' and remained open until 1787. It is a beautiful building with a remarkable colonnade on the first floor.

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  • Porte d'Eyguières - Heritage

    Built heritage - Gate
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    Four successive gates protected the only access to the village prior to 1632. To reach the Valley of la Fontaine, visitors can follow the gravel path of La Calade and pass through the Porte d'Eyguières or Porte de l'Eau (because it was through this gate that the water for the villagers arrived), which was the only entrance to the village until 1866. Rebuilt by the Constable of Montmorency, in the 18th century the gate was raised by the Prince of Monaco, who had received the Barony of Les Baux in 1643.

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  • Chapelle des Pénitents Blancs - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    In the mid-17th century, a lay brotherhood of penitents had this chapel built on the Place de l'Eglise, shaded by cypress trees, on the edge of the cliff overlooking the Valley of La Fontaine. Its underground cellars contained the bodies of members of the Brotherhood. It was unearthed from the ruins in 1937 by the 'Maintenance des Confréries of Langue d'Oc'. It was then dedicated to Saint Estelle, who looks after the memory of the old Penitents of Les Baux and is patron saint of the Félibrige Association.

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  • Chapelle Sainte Catherine - Heritage

    Built heritage - Chapel
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    The chapel is at the entrance to the Château des Baux de Provence. Although it was originally dedicated to the Virgin Mary, it has been dedicated to Saint Catherine since the 15th century. The castle chapel was within the surrounding walls which symbolically protect the entrance to the Château, as was common in the Middle Ages. The building set vertically to the small ditch, remains of which can still be seen, was part of the Château; on the first level, that of the courtyard, it housed the castle chapel. The gaps in the cliff reveal the existence of two levels above the chapel.

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  • Le village des Baux de Provence - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Mediaeval walled city
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    The village of Les Baux de Provence, perched on a rocky promontory, has an incredibly rich architectural heritage. Its citadel dominates extraordinarily beautiful natural sites. It contains exceptional décors which relate the testimonies of the past, continue traditions, house the art of the men who settled there and host prestige events. These sites are loaded with history and offer many more temptations. The tradition of hospitality is even more present than ever, thanks to its gastronomic restaurants and its charming hotels which receive distinguished guests.

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  • Pavillon de la Reine Jeanne - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - Pavilion
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    Nestled in the Valley of La Fontaine, near the old wash house, is an elegant Renaissance-style corner pavilion built by Jeanne de Quiqueran, widow of Honoré des Martins, Baron of Les Baux from 1568 to 1581. Frédéric Mistral had a copy made for his tomb in Maillane. The site has been baptised 'Temple of Love' by the Félibres, writers in Occitan, in memory of the legendary lessons in love given there. This small temple was build according to a hexagonal plan.

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  • Galerie Manville

    Galerie Manville - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Square - courtyard
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    The Manville Gallery houses temporary exhibitions.

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  • Cour des Pcrcelet - Heritage

    Historical site, archaeology - Square - courtyard
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    The Cour de Porcelet is attached to the Renaissance private mansion known as the Hôtel de Porcelet. This former courtyard of Les Baux school, where the writer Marie Mauron once taught, was restored in December 1998. Concerts and exhibitions are hosted in this scenic venue.

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  • Maison du Roy - Heritage

    Chateaux, areas, battlements - House
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    Before the Revolution, the town of Les Baux was the centre of both Royal and seigneurial jurisdiction, whose seat was for a long time located in this building, built in 1499. It is where justice was served in the name of the sovereign. This building is now home to the Les Baux-de-Provence Tourist Office. The rampart against which the buildings were built was cut through in the 19th century to allow the opening of the current entrance to the town.

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