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The Baux de Provence

A medieval village in the Alpilles

Les Baux de ProvenceThe town of Baux de Provence is centred around a village located on a rocky outcrop in the chain of Alpilles which overlooks 200 metres campaign around. The town is dominated by a vast fortress in ruins today, opening a broad view over the southern plains, to Arles and the Camargue close. The name of Baux de Provence has its origins aluminum ore, bauxite, which was operated for the first time in this village.

Les Baux de Provence now form a tourist site proud to be one of the most beautiful villages of France. The houses in the village raise their tiled roofs Roman pink or grey-pink, salmon-pink or beige, and the former white stone mixes with the Mediterranean vegetation forming a striking contrasts.

The municipality has no fewer than 22 historical monuments, but most of the buildings that make up the castle is now the state of ruins.

Many artists have been seduced by Baux de Provence, including painters Mario Prassinos and Yves Brayer, whose museum is named, the engraver Louis Jou, who left the town a collection of rare books or Anti Lemarin. In Val-d'Enfer, Jean Cocteau turned his film The Testament of Orpheus.

Le Pavillon de la Reine JeanneWe must not forget either the vineyard of Les Baux de Provence. The wine of Baux is an AOC (appellation d'origine contrôlée). The vineyard is planted on hillsides ranging at the foot of the Alpilles. They give a wine that was already popular with Romans. They retained in the kinds of amphorae, dolia, whose biggest could contain more than a thousand litres. You can still see some in the region. The vineyard currently produces red wines and rosé wines, though charpentés and pleasantly fruity.

Finally, if you go to Baux de Provence, do not miss the "Cathedral of Images". It is a permanent show, created in 1977, during which are projected large luminous images on stone walls of some of the huge galleries dug in the rock of Val-d'Enfer on the road to Maillane. The surface of the walls and transformed spans 4 000 square metres. Each year has proposed a different theme.

You have to come out of big day tourist really appreciate the Baux de Provence, or simply to be able to approach them ... The small parking too often forcing motorists to park far from the village

The Castle of Baux de Provence

Located in the heart of Provence, overlooking the famous village of Les Baux-de-Provence, the castle of Baux is an old medieval fortress campée on its rocky outcrop. The plateau Castle offers a splendid panorama on the vines and fields of olive trees to the sea, which has inspired many painters like Cezanne or Van Gogh. Explore with a visit this site audioguidée extraordinary and history of Provence. Finally get the war machines that draw all day at fixed times from April to September. A visit lively and exciting.
(source : www.chateau-baux-provence.com)

Pictures ofs Baux de Provence

Les Baux de Provence Les Alpilles, près des Baux de Provence Forteresse des Baux de Provence Lavoir Village des Baux de Provence Jardin public aux Baux de Provence

Arounds Baux de Provence

Les Alpilles - Maussane les Alpilles - Fontvieille - Arles - Tarascon - Avignon - Camargue - Aix en Provence - Nîmes - Orange - Salon de Provence - Saint Rémy de Provence - Aigues Mortes - Beaucaire - Paradou - Graveson en Provence

Other villages in Provence